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2019 Kia Sorento

Starting Price: $26,980 | Price Yours

Above Average: More inexpensive than many in its size class; optional V6; automatic braking with pedestrian detection

Below Average: Smaller than average for its class; 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity; a bit cramped in the third row

Consensus: In the midsize crossover class, the Kia Sorento differentiates itself by being a bit smaller than competitors, but also less expensive. It’s no longer offered with a two-row configuration, and the third row is only good for kids or shorter trips. The base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is respectable, but if you’re doing any driving in higher elevations or with full loads, we recommend the optional V6.
 

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Starting Price: $29,995 | Price Yours

Above Average: Spacious and practical, sharp looks; flat load floor for cargo loading;

Below Average: Not great off road; base engine can be a little rough at parking lot speeds; all-wheel drive only offered with optional V6 engine, gets pricey in higher trims.

Consensus: While its name has been around for many years, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is an all-new model, a 4-door, 2-row midsize SUV with sharp style, plenty of standard features, and good driving manners on pavement. Unlike Blazers of the past, however, it’s not at its best off-road, although all-wheel drive is available when you upgrade to the optional V6.
 

In the midsize SUV class, there is a wide range, from the extremely sporty to some top-level off-roaders to good, practical city dwellers like these two, the 2019 Kia Sorento and 2019 Chevy Blazer.

They do a lot of things well, with plenty of features at a low base price, excellent use of space for storage, and decent around-town power. Despite the two being nearly the same size, the Kia Sorento offers a third row of seating, a relative rarity in this class. Of course, it’s best for small children or short rides.

The Blazer, on the other hand, is a more traditional 2-door, 5-passenger SUV. Not the Blazer of old, mind you, with its solid off-road capability, rather, the all-new 2019 Blazer is a solid, refined on-road SUV with sharp looks that belie its ample cargo and passenger space. Like the Sorento, it is offered with a punchy 4-cylinder that can be upgraded to a V6 if more power is needed.

RELATED: 2019 Chevrolet Blazer First Look

Both the Blazer and the Sorento come very well equipped, including touchscreens, high-tech safety features, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.  As it is new, there’s no way to determine resale value for the Blazer, but the Sorento’s resale values are average for its segment.

Similarities

Comparable base power figures, fuel mileage; both offer an optional V6 upgrade; both offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility;

Kia Sorento Advantages

More seating capacity; longer warranty;

Chevrolet Blazer Advantages

Drive mode selector; sharp styling; two rows make for plenty of cargo space in the back.

Final Recommendation

If you need three rows of seats—bearing in mind that the third row in the Sorento is only ample for small children or short rides—then the 2019 Kia Sorento is the clear winner here.

But if that’s not a must-have, the Sorento and the 2019 Chevy Blazer are both very solid, middle-of-the-road midsize SUVs. They both offer sharp looks and adequate 4-cylinder engines, each with an optional V6. Neither is the best choice off road, but they’re both nice to drive in both city and highway traffic, and come well equipped, with comfortable interiors and respectable handling.

One concern with the Chevy could be that it’s a new model, so its reliability and resale are yet to be determined. Also, it tends to get pricier the more options and features you add. And the Kia of course comes with that legendary warranty.

But with all that said, it’s hard to go wrong with either of these two.

Ready to buy? Find a Chevrolet Blazer or Kia Sorento at a dealership near you

  2019 Kia Sorento 2019 Chevrolet Blazer
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm 193 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 188 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd Automatic, 9-Spd
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city,/29 hwy) 24 mpg (22 city/27 hwy)
Also Available 3.3-liter V6; Automatic, 8-Spd 3.6-liter V6
Specs    
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars n/a
Max Seating Capacity 7 5
Wheelbase 109.4 inches 112.7 inches
Overall Length 189.0 inches 191.4 inches
Width 74.4 inches  76.7 inches 
Height 66.3 inches 67.0 inches
Turning Diameter 37.2 feet n/a
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.8 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.3 inches 38.6 inches
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 41.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 31.7 inches 39.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 59.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 52.8 inches 58.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 154.2 cu. ft. 107.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 73.0 cu. ft.  64.2 cu. ft.
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