2019 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Kia Sorento

2019 Kia Sorento exterior front fascia and drivers side vs 2018 Kia Sorento exterior front fascia and passenger side

If you already know you love the Kia Sorento, but aren’t certain what year you should look into, we have a plan to help you out. To do this, we will compare the 2019 Kia Sorento to the 2018 Sorento.

In order to compare these vehicles, we will take the base trims-meaning the 2018 Kia Sorento L FWD versus the 2019 Kia Sorento L FWD. This way, you’ll know we are comparing the exact same trim level, so any additions are because of the year, and not the trim level.

We’ll be looking at some common specs of the vehicle that many people look for when shopping for their new SUV. This includes fuel efficiency, seating capacity, cargo space, and technology available in the two vehicles. Now, let’s see what’s new for the 2019 Kia Sorento!

2019 Kia Sorento


2018 Kia Sorento

22/29/25 mpg Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined) 21/28/24 mpg
7 people Seating 5 people
11.3 cu. ft. Cargo space 38.8 cu. ft.
Standard Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto Available

Advantages of the 2019 Kia Sorento

As they have the same engine, the two vehicles do have the same horsepower and torque. However, the 2019 Sorento has been improved enough to get slightly better gas mileage. Maybe not enough to be a deal breaker, but it is good to know that the fuel economy has been improved upon for the newest year, even if it is only by 1 mile per gallon.

The space and seating is a bit more complicated, and just might be what changes the mind of someone who is debating between the two vehicles. The 2019 Sorento can seat up to 7 people, meaning it has 3 rows; front seats, middle, and then a back row. The 2018 Sorento does not have this back row, and therefore can only seat up to 5 people. So, if you have a family larger than 5 people, or frequently need to drive more people, you may want to pick the 2019 Sorento over the 2018 Sorento.

However, because of this 3rd row, the cargo space for the 2019 Sorento is drastically reduced. It has a mere 11.3 cubic feet, compared to the 38.8 cu. ft. of the 2018 Sorento. However, if you still want the 2019 Sorento more, don’t rule it out quite yet. If you fold the 3rd row down and only use the 1st and 2nd row, you’ll get 38.0 cu. ft. Still not quite as much as the 2018, but enough to not make much of a difference.

Finally, what is a vehicle without technology? The 2019 Sorento comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto, while it is available in the 2018 Sorento, but you’ll end up paying more in the 2018 model, as this technology doesn’t come standard.

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