2016 Kia Sorento vs 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Friendly Kia New Port Richey Clearwater Spring Hill Trinity Tampa FL
2016 Kia Sorento 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
$20,025 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price Starts at $24,000 (The Competition)
5,000 pounds Towing Capacity (Max.) 5,000 pounds
21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway Base Miles Per Gallon 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? No

2016 Kia Sorento vs. 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

2016 Kia Sorento vs 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Friendly Kia New Port Richey Clearwater Spring Hill Trinity Tampa FL

You're a rough-and-tumble person - or at least you like your ride to be - and we have two worthy SUVs to compare and see which is the better vehicle for your needs, the 2016 Kia Sorento and the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2016 Kia Sorento base model gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway, which are fine figures for a such large vehicle. It has room for up to seven passengers in its V6 trim options (LX V6, EX V6, SX V6 and Limited V6), who will be able to stretch out in its available 146.4 cubic feet for five-passenger models and 154.2 cubic feet for seven-passenger models. To put that in perspective, that's about 50 percent more passenger room than luxury sedans have for you to relax in. It also can tow up to 5,000 pounds, or 2.5 tons, in all-wheel-drive models, which is the same maximum amount the 2016 Santa Fe can tow.

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe's base model fuel economy is not as strong, with 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. It has some trim options which are in the ballpark of the Kia Sorento's spacious interior, with 146.6 cubic feet of passenger room in the Santa Fe's SE and Limited trims. But the Santa Fe's Sport and Sport 2.0T models have significantly less space, with 108 cubic feet for passengers. You would think the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe's Sport and Sport 2.0T trims, because they are smaller, would come with some kind of advantage in fuel economy or handling, but they do not. And if you're looking for model options, there are eight different 2016 Kia Sorento trims to choose from versus the four different trims the 2016 Santa Fe has.

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With all these choices available, you can pick a Sorento model that fits five or seven comfortably, has Dynamax all-wheel-drive with Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC), or has all the extras that make the difference, like a maximum 73.5 cubic feet of cargo room (even in base models). The 2016 Santa Fe, though it also has all-wheel-drive available, has less room for your stuff in its Sport and Sport 2.0T trims, with 71.5 cubic feet. If that doesn't sound like a lot, it actually is: Two cubic feet equals 15 gallons of space.

Price is usually a factor when you're deciding what vehicle to buy, and Kia Sorento base models begin at an economical $20,025 with Friendly Kia VIP pricing, a nice discount off the competitor's price that's north of $24,000. You can also take into account the 2016 Kia Sorento LX V6 trim starts at an MSRP of $28,500 (the VIP price will run a couple thousand less), which is fantastic for an SUV with 290 horsepower that you can take anywhere without flinching. You'll have to jump up in price to over $29,000 at the competition for the most affordable 2016 Santa Fe model with a V6 engine. Finally, the 2016 Sorento has won numerous awards, like the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, as well as the NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating, so you know you have a vehicle that is large, in charge, and secure. 


Like Rocky Balboa in the "Rocky" movies, the 2016 Kia Sorento has the Eye of the Tiger. It's the Survivor of the SUVs, the prime ride of the open road, thanks to its affordable power. We have several Kia Sorentos available on the Friendly Kia lot, so check one out today and get ready to rule the road. We're a dog-friendly lot, so bring your furry friend along, too. Come on in to look at, test drive or purchase a car at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, FL, about 20 miles from Clearwater, less than 40 miles from Tampa, and less than 25 miles from Spring Hill.

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2016 Kia Sorento vs 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Friendly Kia New Port Richey Clearwater Spring Hill Trinity Tampa FL