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2017 or 2018?

I am in the market to purchase a Sorento (EX or SX) and there seems to be marginal differences between the two model years, can anyone throw any recommendations whether I should stick with 2018 or 2017? I plan to keep this car for 10+ years. I have read on these forums about headlight visibility issues at night but I am not sure if these are wide spread or limited to specific trim lines and model years and whether they have been resolved in the 2018 models? I am aware of the 3K offers on 2017 but that's not a concern. Since I am spending close to 40K, I am OK forking the extra 3K to buy a 2018 if it makes sense. Oh and I test drive a 2018 EX V6 and a 2017 SX today and felt the 2017 SX drove better (don't know the reason but possibly due to the 19" wheels?)

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I am also in the same dilemma this week. Here in Ontario the discount is $4K and unlike you that is a concern to me. I've decided I would rather have a higher spec 2017 model rather than paying the same for a lower spec 2018. Had the 2018 updates been more significant I may have thought differently, but I am looking at the SX or SX+ which haven't changed that much.

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Does the 2018 have any "must have" features on your list?
If not, and you can get what you want in the 2017 (color, etc.) and save $3-4k, I'd take that into consideration.

I haven't seen any "bad" stuff for the 2017 model year here on this forum (ie: something that would keep you from buying it, assuming that there was something horribly wrong that got fixed in the 2018 model year).

I believe the headrest issue got fixed, and that's about the "worst" thing I could find.

Assuming you test drove the vehicle and are happy with what you observed, *if* it were me, I'd go with the 2017 and save some moolah.
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The 2018 models are supposed to have "better" headlights.
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If money is a concern, I would definitely look for a great deal on an end-of-year 2017. Even if cost is not an issue, I would think hard about waiting, as the upgrades for 2018 are fairly minimal. Rain-sensing windshield wipers are nice to have, but hardly worth paying a lot more for them. The headlights on the 2017 model could be stronger, but it remains to be seen how much they will be improved. The 2017 Sorento was an IIHS top safety pick +. However, starting this year, the IIHS is taking headlight quality into consideration in awarding its top rating. I suspect that the prospect of losing the rating, rather than customer complaints, is why Kia is upgrading the headlights for 2018.

The SX and SXL have the power steering motor mounted on the rack, unlike the lower level trims. It's supposed to improve steering feel. This may have contributed to your perception that the SX drives better than the EX.
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I was fairly happy with the 2017 SX I drove a couple of days ago. I am going to be driving a 2017 SXL this evening. I want to see if I can detect ambient noise difference between SX and SXL. Alex on Autos claims that as the model gets higher, they are quieter. BTW I LOVE the panoramic sunroof on these things.

About the headlights - shame that I can't test drive these cars in dark streets to test the headlight performance (doesn't get that dark by 9pm here).

I don't think there is anything must have for me in 2018s. There are some nice to haves - such as the auto dimming (if I get the EX V6) but won't matter if I end up with SXL and rain sensing wipers. And Kia says improved headlight performance as part of their What's new page.

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The 2018 models are supposed to have "better" headlights.
Are you happy with the headlight performance? Looks like you have a 2017.
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Are you happy with the headlight performance? Looks like you have a 2017.
Nope, I have the HID headlights and they suck. Pointed too low and can't adjust them.

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Nope, I have the HID headlights and they suck.
Dang! I was hoping otherwise. Is it that bad?
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There is a whole thread on how bad some owners think the headlights are, especially the HID lights on the SX and SXL. Not everyone agrees, though. Do a search on "headlights" and you'll find the thread. I think that the headlights on my SX are mediocre at best, but I mostly drive on well-lit roads. I still haven't taken my Sorento for a long night time drive on dark country roads.
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