When it comes to taking adventures and bringing people along for the ride, third-row crossovers let you do both in style. These vehicles are built for capable transportation, confident acceleration and passing and comfortable rides. Their strength is their balanced approach to the many variables that lead to an enjoyable journey and a ton of versatility.
Having grown into a stand-out model in the class, the 2019 Kia Sorento is a favorite in the North American market. Allowing drivers to enjoy an elevated level of versatility, an interior that is welcoming and full of luxurious appointments and technology that minimizes distraction and maximizes fun, the Sorento is unique in a class of personality-less compromise-mobiles (copyright 2018 Friendly Kia). Up against the 2019 Kia Sorento today, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has made its own improvements over last model year. Let’s see how they measure up:
2019 Kia Sorento
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
|7 passengers||Base model seating||5 passengers|
|185 hp – 290 hp||Horsepower range||185 hp – 240 hp|
|154 cubic feet||Passenger space||111 cubic feet|
|5,000 lbs.||Maximum towing capacity||Not stated (likely 2,500 lbs.)|
|Kia – yes. Four years running.||J.D. Power Initial Quality Study mass-market leader?||Hyundai – No.|
|$21,735 - Best Friendly Kia VIP price*||Starts at||$25,500|
The 2019 Kia Sorento has improved on the 2018’s already-absurd value. By offering drivers standard features like 7-row seating, UVO infotainment with a 7-inch touchscreen and active safety, the Kia Sorento proves why it’s the leader of the third-row pack.
For 2019, the Hyundai Santa Fe has employed similar upgrades, but can’t match Kia’s incredible range of versatility and value. Sharing the same base engine and available 8-speed automatic transmission, the two models seem to end their similarities there.
For Kia, the differences come in the form of an available V6 engine, almost 50% more passenger space, higher towing capacity and, of course, the reliability that comes along with the Kia brand.
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