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2018 Kia Sorento KBB Expert Review

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By Keith Buglewicz

The 2018 Kia Sorento offers loads of amenities, an upper-crust-appearing interior, sharp looks, and one of the best warranties in the business. Available in 2-row and 3-row configurations, able to seat five and seven passengers respectively, the 2018 Sorento offers different configurations for different needs. Three engines, all-wheel drive, and prices that range from mid-$20,000 to more than $45,000 mean there's a Sorento for just about any need and budget. The 2018 Kia Sorento is smaller than its primary rivals, such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer. That means the third row is smaller, and there isn't as much cargo space. On the other hand, it's easier to maneuver and park.

You'll Like This Car If...

Kia’s 2018 Sorento offers lots of features, lots of warranty and some pretty high-end styling. Its smaller size could be a perfect Goldilocks scenario if you don't want a big machine. Its available 5-passenger versions open up the rear for tons of cargo space, too.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Sorento only seats seven, and even then it's pretty cramped in the third row. If you want more space, the Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander is a better bet.

What's New for 2018

For 2018 the Kia Sorento gets a handful of updates. For example, the hands-free power liftgate is now standard on EX models, as are power-folding side mirrors. A Cool and Connected package adds dual-zone climate control and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to LX models.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Whether you're choosing a base model with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, a 5-passenger EX with the 2.0-liter turbo, or one of the higher-end models with the V6, you'll likely be more than satisfied with the way the Kia Sorento drives. Not surprisingly, the turbo and V6 feel strongest, but the 2.4 is adequate and offers better fuel economy, making the most of the 6-speed automatic transmission all the engines use. The steering, suspension, handling and ride are all what we expect from the class; it doesn't lead the pack, but neither does it call attention to itself for the wrong reasons. The Kia Sorento uses an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system with Torque Vectoring Cornering Control, designed to enhance traction and cornering stability by sending power and torque to where they’re most needed, not just in bad weather, but for better cornering on dry roads, too.

Favorite Features

With the modern technology of smartphones leading to more and more distracted driving, the Kia Sorento turns to a different kind of modern technology to prevent disaster. Available on Sorento LX models and above is Kia's automatic braking system, which scans the road ahead and hits the brakes if it senses an impending collision.
While many manufacturers offer a hands-free way of opening the rear hatch, we like Kia's solution. The Smart Liftgate automatically opens if you just stand near it with the key fob in your possession, letting you access it when your hands are full, while still keeping both feet on the ground.

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