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 Kia Sportage 

Starting Price: $24,590 | Price Yours

Above Average: All-around value, connectivity and infotainment system

Below Average: Firm ride, odd-looking front end

Consensus: It has quickly proved itself as a segment favorite


The Kia Sorento is available in 2-row and 3-row configurations, able to seat five and seven passengers respectively. The three different engine options are all adequate on power and offer decent fuel economy. The Sorento uses all-wheel drive with Torque Vectoring Cornering Control designed to enhance traction and stability. The Kia Sportage may have a polarizing exterior look but its upscale interior is stylish with plenty of features. The SX model has a 240-horsepower turbocharged engine but the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is nothing to complain about either. The Sportage offers good value and adds updates to a SUV that already comes with a long list of standard technology and safety features.

Kia Sorento Advantages

Seven trim levels to choose from, V6 engine, seating capacity for seven

Kia Sportage Advantages

Larger inside and out than previous generation Sportage, fuel efficiency


Kia’s 5-year/60,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is the best in the segment, bundle of high-tech safety features

Final Recommendation

The Sportage blends unique styling, a list of upscale features and an excellent warranty in a 5-seater. If you need more space and a third row with many of the great features Kia has to offer, the Sorento is a better choice.

  2018 Kia Sorento 2018 Kia Sportage
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.4-liter I4
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm 181 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 175 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-speed Automatic, 6-speed
Fuel Economy 24 mpg (21 city, 28 hwy) 26 mpg (26 city, 30 hwy)
Also Available 2.0-liter turbo I4, 3.3-liter V6 2.0-liter turbo I4
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 5
Wheelbase 109.4 inches 105.1 inches
Overall Length 187.4 inches 176.4 inches
Width 74.4 inches 73.0 inches
Height 66.3 inches 64.4 inches
Turning Diameter 37.2 feet 34.8 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.3 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 39.3 inches 39.1 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 36.3 inches N/A
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 41.5 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 39.4 inches 38.2 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.7 inches N/A
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 57.1 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 58.0 inches 55.1 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 52.8 inches N/A
EPA Passenger Volume 154.2 cu. ft. 98.6 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 73.0 cu. ft. 60.1 cu. ft.
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