The 2018 Kia Sorento is unique in that it crosses over between the five-passenger crossover and the seven-passenger full-sized SUV. It is available in a five or seven-passenger configuration and has a little of the best of both worlds. It has plenty of room but is not as big or cumbersome as a full sized SUV. The 2018 Sorento changes very little from the previous year, with some relatively minor adjustments to various trim levels. Some items were made standard while others were made optional. There are a lot of options in addition to the seating configuration. There are three engines to choose from, as well as front and all-wheel drive options. New technology like automatic braking and rain-sensitive windshield wipers are now available in a technology package. The five-passenger version has a tremendous amount of storage space, and the seven-passenger has a lot itself.

Trim levels include the L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited. The L starts with 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system. The LX has USB ports, the all-wheel-drive option, and is available as a seven-seater. There is also a convenience package at this level that has rear parking sensors, heated seats, and a seven-inch display screen. This level can also be equipped with forward collision warning and mitigation, emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. The EX gets the convenience package as standard and has 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition and leather upholstery. At this level, you can get a sunroof. The SX comes standard with the V6 engine, 19-inch wheels, LED lights, upgraded trim, and a 10-speaker sound system. This level also adds more to the advanced technology package. The SX Limited has 19-inch chrome wheels, leather upholstery, heated second-row seats and an advanced technology package. The Advanced technology package is different for each trim it is applied to.

The lower trim levels are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder power plant that has 186 horsepower and 178 foot-pounds of torque. There is also a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder at the higher levels that pushes out 240 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque. A 3.3 V6 is available and it pushes out 290 horsepower and 252 foot-pounds of torque. The 2018 Kia Sorento is rated at 17-25 miles per gallon. The V6 can get this vehicle to 60 in about seven seconds, but the four-cylinder takes about nine seconds. It takes the Sorento 174 feet to stop from 70 miles per hour. It takes 16 seconds to do a quarter mile and reach a top speed of 91 miles per hour. The Sorento can tow 5,000 pounds with the V6 when equipped with the special optional towing package.

The 2018 Kia Sorento received the highest marks from the NHTSA and from the insurance industry. The Sorento utilizes about the same amount of airbags that other vehicles of this type use, and it has well-placed latch matching points for child seats that are easy to use. However, there are no such connections in the third row of seats. Adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the higher trim levels. Blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision monitoring are also available as options. It does have some forward collision mitigation ability but does not have lane keeping assistance as an option. The backup, or rearview camera, is now standard at all levels.