Third-row crossovers are great for hauling people, things and going places you may have not previously thought were possible. As unibody vehicles, they handle well and see superior fuel efficiency over their truck-frame-based cousin, the SUV. Within this class, competition is tight, with every manufacturer striving to take on the important responsibility of keeping families safe, comfortable and confident on long drives. Because of this, safety, reliability and comfort and convenience features tend to the be most notable features for drivers who choose a third-row crossover.
Having seen over fifteen years on the road, the Kia Sorento has become a class mainstay. In its most recent iteration, the 2019 Kia Sorento sees several sporty upgrades made to the exterior and luxurious features become standard from the base model up. Up against the 2019 Kia Sorento is the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse – Chevy’s third-row crossover. Let’s see how they do!
2019 Kia Sorento
2019 Chevy Traverse
|25 miles per gallon||Standard combined MPG||21 miles per gallon|
|44.1/39.4 inches||Legroom (front/second)||41.0/38.4 inches|
|2,000 lbs.||Base model towing capacity||1,500 lbs.|
|Top Safety Pick +||IIHS Safety designation||Not awarded|
|Yes – four years in a row||J.D. Power Initial Quality Study mass-market winner?||No|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty||3 years/36,000 miles|
|$21,735 – Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing*||Starts at||$29,930|
Comparing the two models shows a massive gulf in capability, configurability, comfort, convenience and confidence that lifts the 2019 Kia Sorento way above its affordable starting price point. With more legroom for first- and second-row passengers, higher towing capacity and more engine/transmission options, you’ll find the 2019 Kia Sorento to be a surprisingly luxurious model.
While the Traverse does everything that’s asked of it, it doesn’t go above and beyond the same way the 2019 Kia Sorento does.
Beyond simply the included options and features, however, independent testing agencies have awarded the Sorento superior safety and reliability ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2019 Kia Sorento their top honor – a Top Safety Pick +. The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse (or 2018 Chevrolet Traverse) received no positive recommendation.
Similarly, Kia’s top mass-market position for the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study is backed by their incredible warranty, which sees nearly twice the bumper-to-bumper coverage over Chevrolet’s warranty.
Don’t just take our word for it, though! Try out the 2019 Kia Sorento for yourself here at Friendly Kia. From the moment you climb inside, you’ll know you’ve gotten into a special vehicle with higher aspirations than just adequacy.
At Friendly Kia, we have the largest inventory and the lowest prices in Tampa Bay. With the highest ratings from quality and reputable review sites like DealerRater and Yelp, you can have confidence finding the perfect 2019 Kia Sorento for you. Contact us today to get started and schedule a test drive!