When it comes to selecting the perfect crossover SUV for you and your family, chances are a few criteria are present. First, you want to be sure that this crossover will effortlessly blend the power of a larger SUV with the grace of a car. This means having access to a variety of engine options, a high maximum towing capacity and excellent fuel efficiency. As these vehicles are valued for their family-friendly utility, you’ll also want to make sure it’s comfortable and loaded with plenty of interior amenities.
The restyled 2019 Kia Sorento brings several changes to the already-class-leading midsize crossover. Improvements include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across all trim levels, standard third-row seating and a sportier front-end grille, fascia and headlights. Going up against the new Sorento is the 2018 Dodge Journey. Let’s see which model offers the best value for families and individuals who don’t believe in compromising between raw power and a smooth ride.
2019 Kia Sorento
2018 Dodge Journey
|2.4L 4-cylinder (185 hp)||Standard engine (horsepower)||2.4L 4-cylinder (173 hp)|
|3.3L V6 (290 hp)||Available engine (horsepower)||3.6L V6 (283 hp)|
|6-speed auto, 8-speed auto||Transmission options||4-speed auto, 6-speed auto|
|2,000 lbs.||Base towing capacity||1,000 lbs.|
|5,000 lbs.||Maximum towing capacity||2,500 lbs.|
|25 combined MPG||Base fuel efficiency||22 combined MPG|
|44.1 inches / 39.4 inches||Legroom (first row / second row)||40.8 inches / 36.1 inches|
|11.3 cubic feet / 38 cubic feet / 73 cubic feet||Cargo volume (to third row/to second row/to first row)||10.7 cubic feet / 37 cubic feet / 67.6 cubic feet|
|7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Standard infotainment system||4.3-inch touchscreen with AM/FM radio|
|Top Safety Pick +||IIHS safety designation||Not recommended|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||3 years / 60,000 miles|
|$21.735 – Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing*||Starts at||$22,995|
Comparing the two, we’re able to see a massive gulf between the specs, features and ratings for the 2019 Kia Sorento when compared to the 2018 Dodge Journey. While both vehicles promise capable 7-passenger transportation, their similarities end there. The 2019 Kia Sorento is in a completely different league.
The standard engine and transmission combination of the 2019 Kia Sorento allow you to get up to 25 combined MPG out of a vehicle that can tow twice as much as the less-efficient Journey. Step inside, and it’s a world of difference with the 2019 Kia Sorento providing more interior space for passengers and cargo, as well as an infotainment experience that Dodge reserves for their highest trim levels.
Beyond simply what both vehicles offer, however, the 2019 Kia Sorento is regarded by the industry as among the safest and most reliable. Having earned the highest honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Sorento is also manufactured by Kia, who won the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study for mass=market manufacturers.
All these benefits and the 2019 Kia Sorento manages to be more affordable at Friendly Kia – your favorite Tampa Bay Kia dealership. We have the area’s largest inventory and lowest prices, as well as some of the highest ratings from reputable sites like Yelp!, Google, Facebook and DealerRater.
Finally, we’re members of the Kia President’s Club – a high honor given to the top 30 Kia dealership in the United States with regards to customer satisfaction.
Come and see how being Friendly makes all the difference. Schedule a test drive with the 2019 Kia Sorento today!
*Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing is as of the date of this page’s publication and not the date of its access. All pricing is at the full discretion of Friendly Kia and subject to change without warning or notice. For current pricing, contact Friendly Kia.