2019 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento has been a favorite among SUV drivers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle for years. The 2018 Kia Sorento hit the market with a commanding powertrain, expansive interior, and a variety of advanced features.

You can expect all this and more from the 2019 Kia Sorento. In this comparison, we at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg will give you a detailed overview of how these two generations compare and contrast. Read ahead to learn more!

2019 Sorento vs 2018 Sorento: Performance

The 2019 Kia Sorento and the 2018 Kia Sorento offer the same two powerful engines: a standard 2.4-L DOHC 4-cylinder engine and an available 3.3-L DOHC V6 engine. The standard engine achieves an impressive EPA-estimated 22 city / 29 highway MPG1, while still putting out 185 horsepower. The latter engine, on the other hand, boosts power output to a whopping 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque.

The standard engine in both the 2019 Sorento and the 2018 Sorento pairs with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 Sorento's V6 engine comes paired with a new electronically controlled 8-speed automatic transmission.

Both generations also give you the choice between a standard front-wheel drivetrain and an available Dynamax™ All-Wheel Drive system. The latter system is made up of many advanced sensors that monitor the road under you and automatically adjusts to give you the best grip possible.

2019 Sorento vs 2018 Sorento: Interior Space

The 2019 Kia Sorento adds a third row of spacious seats to the 2018 Kia Sorento's five existing seats. Even with the addition of the two extra seats in the back, the 2019 Kia Sorento still sports the same 44.1 roomy inches of front-row legroom and 39.4 inches of second-row legroom.

Both generations of the Sorento also offer an incredible amount of cargo space. See what kind of cargo space you'll be working with in both generations below:

2019 Sorento

2018 Sorento

Behind Third Row

11.3 cubic feet


Behind Second Row

38 cubic feet

38.8 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

73 cubic feet

73.5 cubic feet

As you can see, even with the extra row in the 2019 Sorento, you'll still have roughly the same amount of expansive cargo space as you would in the previous generation.

2019 Sorento vs 2018 Sorento: Driver Assistance

The 2019 Kia Sorento and the 2018 Kia Sorento go above and beyond to keep you and your loved ones safe. That's why both come equipped with a laundry list of advanced driver assistive safety features including Blind Spot Detection and Lane Keeping Alert. These features use advanced sensors to watch your surroundings to keep you in the loop with what's going on around your vehicle.

The 2019 Sorento ups the game a bit with a few extra safety features including Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection. This feature acts like the 2018 Sorento's Autonomous Emergency Braking feature in that it helps you stop to prevent forward collisions. However, the 2019 Sorento's feature looks out for both vehicles and people.

2019 Kia Sorento Review

2019 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Kia Sorento: Which One?

No matter which generation of the Kia Sorento you choose, you'll be behind the wheel of a vehicle you'll love. Shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle can get a closer look at the Kia Sorento at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg. Give us a call today to schedule a test drive!

1Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle's condition.

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