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2019 Kia Sorento

Starting Price: $27,335 | Price Yours

Above Average: Less expensive than many in its size class; optional V6; automatic braking with pedestrian detection; 7-passenger capacity

Below Average: Smaller than average for its class; 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity; third row is somewhat cramped

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 in a 2-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 at higher elevations or with full loads, we recommend the optional V6.
 

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2019 Dodge Journey

Starting Price: $24,890 | Price Yours

Above Average: Hydraulic steering gives it a nice weight and feel; both second and third rows fold completely flat for cargo loading; optional V6 is strong;

Below Average: Lacks some modern driver-assistance features; no significant changes since 2009; weak resale value; third row is cramped; all-wheel drive only available with the V6 engine.

Consensus: The 2019 Dodge Journey is a 7-seat midsize SUV that offers competitive pricing and an optional V6 (which we recommend). It first arrived in 2009, so it doesn’t have some modern tech features, and it doesn’t have strong resale value. The Journey does offer great cargo-hauling, with plenty of load space and second and third rows that both fold flat, but for those of you who require all-wheel drive, know that you’ll have to upgrade to the optional V6.
 

Rare in the midsize SUV class, both the 2019 Kia Sorento and 2019 Dodge Journey offer three rows of seats. Of course, given that they are midsize, those third rows are fairly cramped, suitable only for perhaps children or short drives, so if you carry more than five passengers regularly, we suggest you consider either a full-size SUV or a minivan. That said, each comes with a base 4-cylinder that can be upgraded to a V6, and in both cases, we feel the V6 is probably the way to go. The Journey doesn’t even offer all-wheel drive with the I4. The Kia starts about $3,000 higher than the Journey, and loaded with options, its price is a full $11,000 higher. It is, however, newer, so it comes with more standard features, particularly regarding safety technology. It is perhaps for that reason that it earns five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration versus the Journey’s four.

Similarities

Optional V6 engine; both offer tight third row of seating

Kia Sorento Advantages

Much better warranty; better resale value; significantly higher tow rating

Dodge Journey Advantages

Staring price is $3,000 lower; upper level model costs a full $11,000 less; better fuel economy

Final Recommendation

Unless you’re really counting every penny and your primary use for your midsize SUV is carrying cargo, the 2019 Kia Sorento is the winner here. Yes, it is certainly very expensive fully loaded, but aside from that, it has a better warranty than the Journey, higher resale value, it’s more fun to drive, it comes with more modern safety features, and it has a higher towing capacity. We recommend the upgraded V6 engine, particularly if you tow or live at higher elevations, however, although if you’re OK with the 4-cylinder, all-wheel drive is optional with that engine, where the Journey requires the upgrade to the V6.

Ready to buy a Journey or Sorento? Check dealership inventory near you!
 

  2019 Kia Sorento 2019 Dodge Journey
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.4-liter I4
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm 173 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 166 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd Automatic, 4-Spd
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy) 28 mpg (26 city/30 hwy)
Also Available 3.3-liter V6; Automatic, 8-Spd 3.6-liter V6; Automatic, 6-Spd
Specs    
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 7
Wheelbase 109.4 inches 113.8 inches
Overall Length 189.0 inches 192.4 inches
Width 74.4 inches (w/mirrors) 72.2 inches (w/o mirrors)
Height 66.3 inches 66.6 inches
Turning Diameter 37.2 feet 38.5 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 40.8 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.3 inches 37.7 inches
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 40.8 inches
Legroom, Rear 31.7 inches 23.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 57.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 52.8 inches 43.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 154.2 cu. ft. 99.6 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 73.0 cu. ft. 67.6 cu. ft.
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