On the hunt for a crossover that can handle any adventure you throw at it? You're in the right place! The 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Kia Sorento combine performance, interior, and safety to provide drivers in Doylestown, Philadelphia and Warminster with confidence and capability.

To help you decide which model is the better fit for your needs, we at Fred Beans Subaru have put together this detailed comparison. Read ahead to see how the Forester and the Sorento stack up against each other!

Forester vs Sorento: Performance

Leading the way in the 2018 Subaru Forester is a standard 2.5-L SUBARU BOXER® engine. This engine, which sports an Active Valve Control System (AVCS), delivers an impressive EPA-estimated 32 highway / 26 city MPG1.

But the Forester doesn't stop there. This model also offers a second high-performance turbocharged engine, an available Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), and a standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

With the 2018 Kia Sorento, on the other hand, you'll have a similar 2.4-L 4-cylinder engine powering you. However, this engine delivers just an EPA-estimated 28 highway / 21 city MPG. Additionally, this engine comes standardly paired with a front-wheel drivetrain. You'll have to upgrade from the base trim to access all-wheel drive.

Forester vs Sorento: Interior

As competitively capable crossover SUVs, the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Kia Sorento offer an impressive amount of interior space for both cargo and passengers. Both vehicle offer enough seating to accommodate five passengers in addition to 34+ cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row.

To keep everyone comfortable no matter how long you're driving, both vehicles offer luxurious features like available leather upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control systems.

However, you'll find that the Forester goes above and beyond to accommodate all of life's situations. With this model, you'll have 74.7 cubic feet of total cargo space to utilize if you put the rear seats down. You won't have quite as much space to work with in the Sorento.

Forester vs Sorento: Safety

Whether you're carting around a car-full of family members or supplies for your next camping trip, you can count on both the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Kia Sorento to have your back when it comes to safety.

These models offer a wide variety of standard safety features including advanced airbag systems, Tire Pressure Monitoring, Brake Assist, and anti-lock braking systems. One thing you'll miss out on in the Sorento, however, is EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology.

This smart system, which is offered in the Forester, bundles some of the most highly sought-after advanced safety features available right now including Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist.

2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Kia Sorento: The Verdict

While the 2018 Kia Sorento has a lot of great features to offer, it's clear that the 2018 Subaru Forester comes out on top when it comes to performance, interior, and safety. But it doesn't stop there!

Shoppers in Doylestown, Philadelphia and Warminster can get behind the wheel of the Forester and get the whole experience at Fred Beans Subaru. Give us a call today to schedule your test drive!


1 EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

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