2019 vs. 2018 Kia Sorento 

2019 vs. 2018 Kia Sorento

Since its debut the Kia Sorento has been recognized for its dynamic handling, luxurious cabin and strong fuel economy figures. In fact, it's the Kia Sorento's versatility and capability that has made this crossover SUV a great option for car shoppers.  

The Sorento receives a full redesign for 2019 in addition to refreshed styling and new features. A 7-inch touchscreen, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard on all Kia Sorento models.  

Kia has added two new transmission options, including six- and eight-speed automatics, for even betting handling and performance. The automaker has also said that an all-new diesel option is in the works. With all these updates, how different is the 2019 model from the 2018 Kia Sorento? 

2019 Kia Sorento


2018 Kia Sorento

7 Number of Seats  5- and 7-seat configurations
Standard Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Available
Release TBD Diesel Engine N/A
Available Wireless Charging Pad N/A

The sleek, sophisticated Kia Sorento 

When the 2019 and 2018 Sorento go head-to-head, the most significant differences will be in the overall driving experience and options. One distinct difference is the 2019 Kia Sorento is standard with 7 seats while the 2018 model is available in 5- and 7-seat configurations. In addition, the Sorento loses the 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for 2019 and the two remaining engines receive new transmissions. With these updates, the 2019 and 2018 are going to perform very differently on the road.  

This brings up a very important question: "Which Kia Sorento model is right for you?" It really comes down to what you are looking for in a midsize crossover SUV. If you like having the option of a 5-row crossover, then the 2018 Sorento might be worth exploring. Perhaps you have your eye on a three-row model and want premium features, such as a wireless charging pad? In that case, the 2019 Sorento may be a better fit.

Kia's new 2019 Sorento is expected to be available in our showroom as early as fall 2018. Are you interested in learning more about the 2019 or 2018 Sorento? We invite you to contact us. Our Kia experts can answer any questions you might have.