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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-row legroom, no hybrid option, V6 fuel economy 

Consensus: A complete midsize SUV loaded with great features and backed by a great warranty, however the 3rd-row is a bit tight when carrying 7 adults.

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Starting Price: $26,545 | Price yours

Above Average: Style, warranty, standard driver assist safety technology

Below Average:  Best features reserved for most expensive trims, turbo’s fuel economy

Consensus: A brilliant new entry offering upscale features and standard safety equipment at a good price, plus an unbeatable warranty.

The Kia Sorento is a capable SUV that has been around for a while. It offers many of the same features as the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe, but whereas important safety technology like forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning are standard on the Santa Fe, they cost extra on the Sorento. The Sorento offers wider flexibility when it comes to options; for example, the mid-level EX can be equipped with features such as navigation and a heated steering wheel. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel and can only be had with navigation on the most expensive Ultimate trim. The Sorento can seat seven, the Santa Fe only five. However, later in the model year Hyundai promises a diesel version that will include a third-row seat. The Sorento’s optional V6 has lots of power for towing and passing, more than the Santa Fe’s optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Both cars employ the same 2.4-liter 4-cylinder as their standard engine and have identical warranty programs.

Kia Sorento Advantages

Seating for seven, more option choices on lower and mid-level trims, available V6, more cargo space, 5,000-pound tow rating

Hyundai Santa Fe Advantages

Standard suite of driver assist safety features, newer design offers a more rigid chassis

Similarities

Both the Santa Fe and Sorento come with a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, both offer advanced driver assist features and come with a long list of standard and available equipment.

Final Recommendation

Although both SUVs are alike, the Hyundai Santa Fe checks the most boxes. Its newer design delivers a better driving experience, and we like the more modern dash and standard driver assist safety features. However, if you must have 7-passenger seating, the Sorento is a fine second choice. We also prefer the Sorento’s V6 to the Santa Fe’s turbocharged 4-cylinder. Even though fuel economy is slightly lower, the Sorento’s V6 can tow more weight when equipped with all-wheel drive.

  2019 Kia Sorento 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.4-liter I4
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-spd Automatic, 8-spd
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy) 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy)
Also Available 3.3L V6, Automatic 8-spd 2.0L Turbo I4
Specs    
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Star n/a
Max Seating Capacity 7 5
Wheelbase 109.4 inches 108.9 inches
Overall Length 189.0 inches 187.8 inches
Width 74.4 inches 74.4 inches
Height 66.3 inches 66.1 inches
Turning Diameter 37.2 feet 37.5 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 40.0 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 40.9 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.7 inches n/a
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 59.1 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 58.0 inches 58.3 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 52.8 inches n/a
EPA Passenger Volume 146.4 cu. ft. 110.7 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume (behind 2nd-row) 38.0 cu. ft. 35.9 cu. ft.
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