2018 Kia Sorento 

Starting Price: $26,890 | Price Yours

Above Average: Warranty, interior style

Below Average: Third-row space

Consensus: Very customizable ride with the best warranty out there 


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe 

Starting Price: $31,830 | Price Yours

Above Average: Roominess, features available

Below Average: Lack of powertrain options

Consensus: Family-friendly and value-packed


The Hyundai Santa Fe comes equipped with family-friendly features in a good-looking vehicle. It has a comfortable interior upgraded for 2018, good fuel economy and is easy to drive. The midsize SUV Santa Fe has four trim levels available, has plenty of power and handles well. The Kia Sorento is available in 2-row and 3-row configurations, and can seat up to seven passengers. The three different engine options are all adequate on power and offer decent fuel economy. It uses all-wheel drive with Torque Vectoring Cornering Control designed to enhance traction and stability.

Kia Sorento Advantages

5-passenger option, multiple engines to choose from, high-end styling

Hyundai Santa Fe Advantages

Standard V6 power, comfortable people space


Best-in-class warranties, multi-view camera system with bird’s eye view for parking assist, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Final Recommendation

Both SUVs are appealing choices in the crowded midsize SUV segment. The Hyundai Santa Fe has a good standard engine but also has enough space and safety to be family-oriented. The Kia Sorento may have the edge with bargain hunters because of its smaller and lower-priced 4-cylinder, 5-passenger version.

  2018 Kia Sorento 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 3.3-liter V6
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 252 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-speed Automatic, 6-speed
Fuel Economy 24 mpg (21 city, 28 hwy) 21 mpg (18 city, 25 hwy)
Also Available 2.0-liter turbo I4, 3.3-liter V6  
Warranty 5 years or 60,000 miles 5 years or 60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 7
Wheelbase 109.4 inches 110.2 inches
Overall Length 187.4 inches 193.1 inches
Width 74.4 inches 74.2 inches
Height 66.3 inches 66.5 inches
Turning Diameter 37.2 feet 36.9 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.9 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 39.3 inches 39.4 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 36.3 inches 35.7 inches
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 41.3 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 39.4 inches 40.4 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.7 inches 30.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 59.4 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 58.0 inches 58.3 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 52.8 inches 53.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 154.2 cu. ft. 146.6 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 73.0 cu. ft. 80.0 cu. ft.
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