2018 Kia Sorento Redesign

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Likely nothing except new paint colors and higher sticker prices. The 2018 edition of this midsize crossover SUV is still relatively new, having been fully redesigned for model-year 2016 and enhanced for ’17 with a host of high-tech safety aids and availability of Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto connectivity. The updates will continue for model-year 2019, with styling tweaks, revised drivetrains, and more features. As such, model-year 2018 will be quiet as engineers and marketers prep for the freshened ’19.

Kia is a partner of fellow South Korean automaker Hyundai and the 2018 Kia Sorento is one of its longest-running nameplates. First introduced for model-year 2003, the original version was a fairly small (though still midsize) five-passenger SUV with traditional, truck-type body-on-frame construction. Even among old-school SUVs, Sorento didn’t drive particularly well. This changed with a model-year 2011 redesign that adopted a crossover design with car-type unibody construction. As it is to this day, many of its components were shared with the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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Today’s 2018 Kia Sorento seats up to seven, is enjoyable to drive, and features the generous warranty coverage and features-per-dollar value that underpin the Kia (and Hyundai) brand. It’s been a strong seller, though its 2016 numbers were essentially flat as the midsize-crossover market plateaued in a buyer’s rush to compact crossovers.

Why should I wait for the 2018?

You shouldn’t. It will almost certainly be a rerun of the ’17, with the same styling and the features-upgrades. It’ll cost more, and its looks and features will have a shorter shelf life, given the freshening coming for model-year 2019. Sorento isn’t quite as roomy as seven-seat rivals such as the Honda Pilot or Nissan Pathfinder, but it should still be plenty comfortable for more crossover buyers.

You’ll again choose from among four-cylinder-engine 2.4 models, turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0T models, and trims with a V-6. The 2018 Kia Sorento lineup should again climb a price ladder beginning with L 2.4 and LX 2.4 models and ascending through the LX V-6, EX 2.0T, EX V-6, and SX V-6 to the flagship SXL V-6 grade. All should again come standard with front-wheel drive. Traction-enhancing all-wheel drive (AWD) would return as an $1,800 option on all but the L.

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Should I buy a 2017 model instead?

If you like the cut of its jib, there’s little reason to wait. There’s plenty of strong competition, and most seven-passenger competitors have roomier third-row seats. But this is a handsome, capable, and affordable crossover with a wide variety of trim levels, engine choices, and amenities.

Unlike some rivals, Kia doesn’t restrict key comfort and safety features to 2018 Kia Sorento most expensive trim levels. For example, blind-spot alert with rear cross-traffic detection is available only on the top-line Elite version of the Honda Pilot, which lists for more than $47,000. Kia offers this important safety feature on the volume-selling Sorento EX as part of a $1,600 Premium Package that also includes a programmable power liftgate. You can buy a Sorento so equipped for less than $37,000.

All Sorento models except the L are also available with other important driver aids, including forward-collision warning; lane-departure warning; radar-based adaptive cruise control that can maintain a set following distance; and autonomous emergency braking. That last aid can automatically stop the 2018 Kia Sorento to mitigate a frontal collision.

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