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2019 Kia Sorento

Starting Price: $26,980 | Price yours

Above Average: Feature set, great standard warranty, upscale styling, price

Below Average: 3rd-seat legroom, no hybrid option, V6 fuel economy 

Consensus: A complete midsize SUV loaded with great features and backed by a great warranty, but a little tight if you regularly need room for seven people.

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2019 Honda CR-V

Starting Price: $25,345 | Price yours

Above Average: Honda reliability, Honda resale, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, big back seat and cargo area

Below Average: Latest driver assists cost extra, missing some high-end options, not very powerful

Consensus: The segment leader continues to shine, offering value, safety and peace of mind at a very affordable price.

Used as a 5-passenger vehicle, the Kia Sorento makes a great choice. It’s got loads of room for rear seat passengers and cargo, an available V6, plus one of the best standard powertrain warranties in the business covering 10 years or 100,000 miles. Even the base model comes nicely equipped, and the Sorento’s feature set only gets better as one climbs the trim ladder. The Honda CR-V is equally as roomy inside but doesn’t offer a 3rd-row seat, although it does provide more cargo space behind the 2nd-row. The CR-V’s available 1.5-liter turbocharged engine can’t match the Sorento’s V6 for power, but it does get better fuel economy than either of the Sorento’s engines. You’ll also find the CR-V is a bit easier to drive and park, costs less and holds its value better than the Sorento. In fact, so good is the CR-V that it won KBB.com’s Compact SUV Best Buy of 2019 award. Infotainment systems for the Sorento and CR-V are up to date and include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both the CR-V and Sorento also offer driver assists like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, but neither SUV provides them as standard on every trim.

Kia Sorento Advantages

Better warranty, V6 engine option, standard 3rd-row seat, infotainment, upscale options

Honda CR-V Advantages

Affordable, big cargo bay, good fuel economy, excellent resale and reliability

Similarities

The Sorento and CR-V share a 5-star safety rating, offer advanced driver assists and have good resale and reliability records. Both offer roomy cabins, available AWD and a comfortable driving experience.

Final Recommendation

If retained value and reputation is most important, the 2019 Honda CR-V is the clear choice. However, when it comes to features, interior flexibility, technology, warranty and powertrain options, it’s hard to find fault with 2019 Kia Sorento.

  2019 Kia Sorento 2019 Honda CR-V
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.4-liter I4
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm 184 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 180 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-spd Continuously Variable
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy) 28 mpg (26 city, 32 hwy)
Also Available 3.3L V6, Automatic 8-spd 1.5L turbo I4, AWD
Specs    
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Star 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 5
Wheelbase 109.4 inches 104.7 inches
Overall Length 189.0 inches 180.6 inches
Width 74.4 inches 73.0 inches
Height 66.3 inches 66.1 inches
Turning Diameter 37.2 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 40.1 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 39.3 inches 39.2 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 36.3 inches n/a
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 41.3 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 39.4 inches 40.4 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.7 inches n/a
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 57.9 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 58.0 inches 55.6 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 52.8 inches n/a
EPA Passenger Volume 146.4 cu. ft. 105.9 cu. ft. 
EPA Cargo Volume (behind 2nd row) 38.0 cu. ft. 39.2 cu. ft
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