2019 Kia Sorento Vs. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Whether your life has grown to see more adventurers join you on your quests or you’re simply looking for a strong and capable SUV that doesn’t flinch on comfort or handling, third-row crossovers are the answer. Crafted to blend the best elements of large, body-on-frame truck-based SUVs and small cars, crossovers empower you to take bigger journeys than ever with more people along to share the experiences. Refreshed with incredible powertrain upgrades, a bold style and intuitive interior controls, the 2019 Kia Sorento stands to deliver something extra – style.

Going up against the 2019 Kia Sorento is a vehicle that is a distant cousin of Kia’s third-row. Today, we’re matching up the 2019 Kia Sorento with the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe to help you discover which one provides the perfect compromise between capability and comfort.

2019 Kia Sorento


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

2 Engine options 1
25 combined MPG Base fuel economy 21 combined MPG
8-speed automatic (available) Transmission 6-speed automatic (only option)
154 cubic feet Passenger volume 147 cubic feet
Yes – four years running J.D. Power IQS mass-market leader for 2018? No
5 stars NHTSA overall frontal crash-test rating 4 stars
$22,735 – Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing* Starts at $30,850

Close, But No Sorento

With regards to capability and configurability, the 2019 Kia Sorento just can’t be beaten. Standard on every V6 model, the 8-speed automatic transmission is a delight – guaranteeing accurate and pleasing shifts that occur seamlessly behind its robust acceleration. If capability is secondary to efficiency, however, the 2019 Kia Sorento allows you to select a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 25 combined MPG.

Larger interior passenger volume, a higher reliability score and crash test rating and lower price further set the 2019 Kia Sorento apart as a vehicle that pulls ahead of the good-but-not-great Santa Fe.

At Friendly Kia, we love Kia and like Hyundai. These two vehicles, however, represent different directions the companies have gone with the Sorento being a more luxurious, well-styled and satisfactory option.

Test-drive the 2019 Kia Sorento today! We have a large inventory and the lowest prices in Tampa Bay. As members of the Kia Presidents Club for 2018 (an exclusive distinction awarded only to the 30 best Kia dealerships in the United States), we’ll exceed your satisfaction expectations. It’s what we do.

Contact us today to schedule a test drive and see for yourself how being Friendly makes all the difference.

*Pricing is as of the date of publication and not the date of access. All pricing is at the discretion of Friendly Kia staff and subject to change without warning or notice. For current pricing, contact Friendly Kia or see vehicle inventory pages.