The Sorento crossover is one of the popular models from its stable, same will be with the new 2018 Kia Sorento. This model gets a worthy revamp for 2018. The Kia Motors has been trying hard to impress and woo buyers from the rival like Ford, GM, and Toyota and its recent efforts deserve applauds.
2018 Kia Sorento – Design Changes
The 2018 Kia Sorento comes in 5 trims- L, LX, SX, EX and top SXL. The exterior design is quite attractive but not over the top. The LED lighting accents look good as does the revamped grille at the front. Furthrmore, the exterior color choices include Remington red, sangria, blaze blue, titanium silver and more. But the color choice also depends on which trim you buy.
The cabin is also sleek and ergonomics is superb for a car of this segment. However, front row seats are more comfortable than the rear seat. A third row is also available but that will only be ideal for kids. There are oodles of soft touch materials in the cabin.
Safety and Trims Features
Like most new cars from Kia stable, the 2018 Kia Sorento scores very well on the safety front. All the trims get plenty of airbags, to begin with. The 2018 model also gets the rearview camera, Electronic Stability Control, TPMS, Blind-spot monitors. Available advanced features include automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. Only top SXL trim can be laden with surround-view cameras.
Furthermore, the base L trim gets Bluetooth, Heated outside mirrors, Privacy Glass, Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers, Projector Beam Headlights, 12-Volt Power Outlets, 17″ Alloy Wheels and Remote Keyless Entry. The LX trim gets Sound-Absorbing Windshield Glass, USB ports, automatic headlights. There are plenty of options for buyers of LX trim.
The EX trim gets 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Gloss Black grille, Power-Folding Outside Mirrors, Illuminated Door Handle Pockets, Smart Power Liftgate, Front Fog Lights, Shark Fin Antenna, UVO infotainment setup with 7″ Touch-Screen Display, Rear Cross Traffic Alert,
The SX trim also adds Dark Metallic grille, LED Positioning Lights, LED Rear Combination Lamps, Rear Bumper Protector, 19″ Alloy Wheels, UVO with Voice-Command Navigation and 8-inch screen, Infinity Surround Sound setup with 10-Speakers. 110-Volt Power Inverter, Carpeted Floor mats.
The top end SXL trim is quite luxurious for its price tag, for sure. It adds Premium Nappa Leather for seats, Heated 2nd-Row Seats, Ventilated Front Seats, Wood grain-trimmed steering wheel, High-Intensity Discharge headlamps, Dynamic Bending Light, LED Front Fog Lights, Chrome 19″ Alloy Wheels. It also gets very advanced safety features like Advanced Smart Cruise Control.
Engine and Modes of the 2018 Kia Sorento
The 2018 Kia Sorento is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 185 horsepower. The power seekers should go for the V-6 unit which produces 290 HP. The engines get a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox. All engines get equipped with the drive-mode selector and the modes are Sport, Comfort, and Eco.
The car is not meant for hardcore off-roading but AWD is offered as the option. The maximum towing capacity is 5000 pounds. The nice thing sir cabin remains pretty quiet, even at high speeds. There is no hybrid powertrain but all engines are quiet fuel efficient.
2018 Kia Sorento – Cost and Release Date
The 2018 Kia Sorento pricing starts at $26.500 approx. Top trim price is around $45.000. It will be available in few mounts.
Summing it up
Finally, the 2018 Kia Sorento is a crossover that gets a nice revamp and for its price offers great value to buyers. The design is enticing and the cabin is designed with usability and practicality in mind.
The engine choices are pretty good and same can be said about the safety features. However, top safety features are there only in top trim and same is true about amenities. Even then it offers a good alternative to pricier rivals from stables of Mazda and Nissan.