Getting into a new market isn’t easy for any automotive manufacturer. For every Kia Stinger GT, there are two Kia Borregos. It can especially difficult to break into a market that is already near the point of saturation. This year, Subaru announced that they would be getting into the third-row crossover market with the 2019 Subaru Ascent, a vehicle that seeks to captivate a market looking for competent and capable family transportation.
Today, we’re going to be comparing the beautiful and rugged 2019 Kia Sorento to this experiment by Subaru and see which vehicle offers the better value for families who want maximum safety and comfort and individuals who want to take advantage of extra interior space while adventuring. Pay close attention to the available configurations, power ratings and interior comfort figures.
2019 Kia Sorento LX
2019 Subaru Ascent
|290 horsepower (3.3L V6)||Maximum horsepower||260 horsepower (2.4L H4)|
|8-speed automatic with Sportmatic®||Transmission||CVT|
|44.1 inches / 39.4 inches / 31.7 inches||Legroom (first row / second row)||41.3 inches / 38.6 inches / 31.7 inches|
|5,000 lbs.||Maximum towing capacity||2,000 lbs.|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|Yes – Top Safety Pick +||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||No – Not tested|
|Yes - Four years in a row||J.D. Power Initial Quality Study non-luxury reliability winner?||No|
|$27,035 (V6) – Best Friendly Kia VIP Pricing*||Starts at||$31,995|
Comparing these two vehicles, we can see how the 2019 Subaru Ascent was able to bide their time before entering the market, sizing up the competition and putting together a vehicle that nearly beat every competitor. However, the 2019 Kia Sorento still manages to provide a superior value.
Looking at the number of available engines, the maximum horsepower offered by these engines and the maximum towing capacity (2 ½ times that of the Ascent), clearly shows a vehicle that is punching way above its weight.
Step inside, and you’ll notice the discrepancy in legroom for both front-row and second-row passengers. Third-row passengers will enjoy the same but have their bench split between three seats instead of two.
Finally, Kia comes through with the massive warranty coverage and lower price at Friendly Kia. Honestly, you can read charts all day, but the best way to see what a vehicle can do for you and your family is to test-drive one. At Friendly Kia, we have the 2019 Kia Sorento. Stop by today and test-drive this stylish and sporty third-row crossover at Tampa Bay’s #1-rated Kia dealership.
Contact us today for more information about the 2019 Kia Sorento