autoevolution

Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV
Production years: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Kia refreshed its best-selling model on the U.S. market, the Sorento, in 2018, four years after introducing the third generation.

The Korean carmaker noticed the Americans' appetite for SUVs and burned the midnight oil to make an excellent one: the Sorento. Please make no mistake; it wasn't the best in its class nor the most beautiful or more powerful. It wasn't best on anything, actually, but it had that mix of "little bit of everything" that transformed it into the best-selling Kia on the North American market.

On the outside, the designers worked hard to create a car that looked the same, but it was different in its details. The front bumper got a crispier look, and, depending on the trim level, it received LED fog lamps. A chromed trim adorned the side scoops, and most importantly, the headlights received LEDs for the upper trim levels (SX and SXL).

Inside, the carmaker kept what the customers liked at most and changed what they wanted the least. As a result, there was a new gear-knob. The design team removed the sliding cover for the cup-holders on the center console. It looked like Sorento's customers moved that away when they bought the car and never pulled it back. Like its predecessor, the 2018 Sorento featured heated and ventilated front seats and heated middle ones. No one cared too much for the last row since they were seldom used and only for short distances.

Under the hood, the Sorento received important updates. Kia dropped the 2.0-liter turbocharged unit. That left the seven-seat SUV with only two engine options. On the plus side, Kia got rid of the six-speed automatic gearbox and introduced a newly developed eight-speed automatic transmission.

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KIA Sorento (US) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.4L 6AT AWD (185 HP)
  • 2.4L 6AT FWD (185 HP)
  • 3.3L V6 8AT AWD (290 HP)
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KIA Sorento (US) 2.4L 6AT AWD (185 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L 6AT AWD (185 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2359 cm3
Power
136.1 KW @ 6000 RPM
185 HP @ 6000 RPM
183 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
178 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
241 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.8 gallons (71.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
122 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
189 in (4801 mm)
Width
74.4 in (1890 mm)
Height
66.3 in (1684 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3/64.7 in (1,633/1,643 mm)
Wheelbase
109.4 in (2779 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.3 in (185 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.3 cuFT (320 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3810 lbs (1728 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5490 lbs (2490 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Highway
26 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
23 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
213 g/km

KIA Sorento (US) 2.4L 6AT FWD (185 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L 6AT FWD (185 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2359 cm3
Power
136.1 KW @ 6000 RPM
185 HP @ 6000 RPM
183 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
178 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
241 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18,8 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
122 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
189 in (4801 mm)
Width
74.4 in (1890 mm)
Height
66.3 in (1684 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3/64.7 in (1,633/1,643 mm)
Wheelbase
109.4 in (2779 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.3 in (185 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.3 cuFT (320 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3810 lbs (1728 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5335 lbs (2420 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.1 mpg US (12.3 L/100Km)
Highway
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Combined
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
202 g/km

KIA Sorento (US) 3.3L V6 8AT AWD (290 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.3L V6 8AT AWD (290 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3342 cm3
Power
213.3 KW @ 6400 RPM
290 HP @ 6400 RPM
286 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
252 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM
342 Nm @ 5200 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.8 gallons (71.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
189 in (4801 mm)
Width
74.4 in (1890 mm)
Height
66.3 in (1684 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3/64.7 in (1,633/1,643 mm)
Wheelbase
109.4 in (2779 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.3 in (185 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.3 cuFT (320 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3968 lbs (1800 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5622 lbs (2550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
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