The Kia Sorento is a "tweener," playing in the space between small crossovers such as the Honda CR-V and midsized vehicles like the Toyota Highlander. Splitting segments like that allows the Sorento to be city friendly while offering accommodations, storage, and features akin to larger vehicles. For some shoppers, this Goldilocks package lands in the sweet spot.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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The 2018 Kia Sorento has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Kia Sorento owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The rear bumper sensor shorted out, causing the loss of all sensors and burning out of the controller."

Ronald E., MN (2018 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

"BSD computer was re-adjusted twice, but over time continued to go out. Wanted to replace, but was not under warranty. Did not replace"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Kia Sorento EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Airbag replacement & interior damage"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Kia Sorento SX 3.3-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Noticed one of my headlights was out. Took it to dealer and they discovered the bulb had come loose. Fixed it with no charge."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beams are way to low. Even after adjusting the lights, still don't cover downstream enough. Constantly using high beams. After adjusting lights for low beams, high beams are to high. Because of the lack of lighting further ahead of the vehicle, will not let our teenagers drive the vehicle at night. My wife hates driving the vehicle at night."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Kia Sorento SX 3.3-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear wiper fluid leaks after use for cleaning that there is always a vertical fluid streak down the middle."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Kia Sorento SX 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"they only pushed the piece in far enough so that 2 of the four retaining snaps were in place...took about 20 seconds for the dealership to fix"

Anonymous, KS (2018 Kia Sorento SX 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The slightest hit with a rock results in a chip in the paint. The chip rusts almost immediately. Brought it to another dealer closer to our house to show them a chip within the first week and they said buy body paint. Didn't offer to just give us some.The dealer where we purchased it tried to sell us a 'body' warranty for $3,000 that we scoffed at. Now we see why. Something with the 2018 model?"

Dennis S., WI (2018 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)
Rust

"As soon as you get a chip in the paint from a rock or something that hits it the chip rusts."

Dennis S., WI (2018 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

"radiator had a leak causing heater to not work properly."

Ronald H., VA (2018 Kia Sorento 3.3-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Complete loss of refrigerant gas. A/C unusable."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Kia Sorento SX 3.3-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Wind noise in the driver side door, when cross-wind speed is > 25 km/h or meeting large truck at speed."

Anonymous, NB (2018 Kia Sorento SXL 3.3-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The front drivers side and both rear wheels have a grinding sound while the car is driven. The dealer has tried to fix the problem. To no avail."

Ronald E., MN (2018 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"After only 15 months and 12000 kms. The battery died."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Accelerator control module failed."

Martin M., FL (2018 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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STEERING:COLUMN
Sep 21 2018
If the steering column separates, it can cause a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2018 Kia Sorento vehicles. The cowl crossbar that connects to the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) steering column may be improperly welded, allowing the steering column to separate.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the cowl crossbar, free of charge. The recall began October 26, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC167.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V656000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 97
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Dec 08 2017
If the component detaches during deployment, it may enter the passenger compartment and be a projectile within the vehicle cabin, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2018 Kia Sorento vehicles. The side curtain air bags on these vehicles have a component that may detach during deployment of the inflatable curtain air bag.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and passenger side curtain air bags, free of charge. The recall began on December 18, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC159.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V784000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2014
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