2018 Kia Sorento SX-Limited V6 new car reviews

Kia's three-row SUV starts at about $25,800. However, our test car was priced much higher at $46,200. But that premium meant we got the 3.3-liter V6 engine, all-wheel drive and lots of modern amenities.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Three things sum up my experience with the Kia Sorento:

The turn signal stalk’s action feels perfect.

This was one of the first times behind the wheel when I could enter an address into the navigation system without needing to backtrack once.

The Kia comes from the factory on Michelins.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed my time behind the wheel. If I needed a three-row SUV, I’d likely start here.

Ed Higginbotham Ed Higginbotham
Associate Editor

I wasn't expecting much when I stepped into a Kia SUV, but I was quickly blown away. Kia has really come a long way.

The Sorento drove very well and always had enough power on tap. Inside, all of the modern niceties are present. The navigation system works well, the seats and steering wheel are heated—even the second row seats are heated—and a 360-degree back-up camera.

I also got to experience life in the third row. For reference I'm just shy of six feet tall and did not feel cramped or claustrophobic. I remember less legroom in my parents' ninth-generation Suburban.

Bottom line? I was very impressed.

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jstein77
jstein77 UltraDork
12/4/17 1:30 p.m.

Your photos show mountains and snow.  Obviously not Florida.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/4/17 1:32 p.m.
jstein77 said:

Your photos show mountains and snow.  Obviously not Florida.

North Florida. 

Bobcougarzillameister
Bobcougarzillameister MegaDork
12/4/17 1:52 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:
jstein77 said:

Your photos show mountains and snow.  Obviously not Florida.

North Florida. 

FAAARRRRR north florida

wae
wae Dork
12/4/17 1:53 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:
jstein77 said:

Your photos show mountains and snow.  Obviously not Florida.

North Florida. 

That doesn't look like Long Island, either.

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
12/4/17 2:16 p.m.

In 2013 we made a deal on a new Sorento with the V6 and 3rd row seat for $25K all-in. It was great car and a lot of vehicle for the money. The latest model is nicer inside and out, but $46K for a Sorento like this tester is crazy money--keep the options under $30K and it remains a terrific buy in the mid-size crossover space.

Counterpoint - We replaced our Sorento with a 2016 Sedona minivan. The van does everything, everything our family needs it to do better than the SUV did. Shame about the stigma, cause minivans are The Answer for families.

pinchvalve
pinchvalve MegaDork
12/4/17 2:22 p.m.

Well it's no Rondo, but I guess its allright.  

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