2018 Kia Sedona Vs. 2018 Kia Sorento

split screen comparison between 2018 kia sedona and 2018 kia sorento models

Transporting a family isn’t easy. Not only do you have to look after everybody’s safety and well-being, but you’re also responsible for their entertainment and comfort. If a vehicle isn’t comfortable enough, after all, you’ll probably hear about it and it may make the remainder of the trip distracting and less-enjoyable. For many decades, automotive engineers have tried to figure out the best way to transport families (and especially large ones). Solutions have included adding four doors to a vehicle, adding drop-seats behind the second row in older station wagons, inventing the minivan and most recently, adding a third row of seats to the crossover.

These days, drivers tend to choose either third-row crossovers or minivans for their family transportation needs. While both segments have alluring options, Kia models consistently provide the best value, the highest reliability and all include a standard 5-year/60,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty, which beats the industry standard 3-year/36,000-mile warranty by nearly twice as much.

With a stylish and practical third-row crossover in the Sorento and a cavernous and unusually-fashionable minivan in the Sedona, Kia’s options are attractive. Here’s how the two compare:

2018 Kia Sedona (minivan)


2018 Kia Sorento (crossover)

3.3L V6 (276 horsepower) Standard engine 2.4L 4-cylinder (185 horsepower)
N/A Available engine 3.3L V6 (290 horsepower)
8 passengers Base model seating capacity 5 passengers
21.1 gallons Gas tank size 18.8 gallons
6.7 inches Ground clearance 7.3 inches
No AWD available? Yes
3,500 lbs. Maximum towing capacity 3,500 lbs.
40.9 inches / 41.1 inches / 34.8 inches Passenger legroom (front row / middle / third) 44.1 inches / 39.4 inches / 31.7 inches
142 cubic feet / 78.4 cubic feet / 33.9 cubic feet Cargo volume (to first row / to second row / all seats up) 73.5 cubic feet / 38.8 cubic feet / 11.3 cubic feet
$21,190 (L) Best Friendly Kia VIP Pricing* $20,875 (LX)

Should I Get a Crossover or a Van?

This is a question that will require you, and only you, to answer. After all, both third-row crossovers and minivans have their own benefits and drawbacks. Looking at the above chart, we can see that minivans have the following benefits:

  • More seating capacity
  • More passenger space in each seat
  • Significantly more cargo volume
  • More base-model power
  • Bigger gas tank
  • Often more entertainment options for rear-seat passengers

While crossovers enjoy the following advantages over their minivan counterparts:

  • Better off-road performance with AWD
  • Better all-weather performance with AWD
  • Higher ground clearance
  • Bigger range of engine and transmission options
  • Less expensive

As you can see, both vehicles have their advantages. If you’re looking for an adventure wagon with off-road capability, a range of available powertrains and planning to venture where snow and ice are a common occurrence, we’d recommend the 2018 Kia Sorento. On the other hand, if you’re planning to stay where the weather is fair, content to spend time on the road (and maybe some light trails), and looking for the most decadent interior space and comfort amenities available, a minivan cannot be beaten.

One thing is for sure, whichever vehicle you settle on, you’ll be getting a vehicle that has ranked on the IIHS Top Safety Pick list, is lauded for its reliability and includes a class-leading warranty. Shopping at Friendly Kia adds another layer to the value as you’ll get either for less than their MSRP and be buying from Tampa Bay’s #1 Kia Dealership.

For more information on either the 2018 Kia Sorento or 2018 Kia Sedona or to schedule a test drive with either/both, contact us today

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