Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Kia Sorento
Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Kia Sorento

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Kia Sorento: Two Seasoned Crossovers Vying for the Title.

Crossover SUVs are the most popular vehicles in the world now. This is due to their spacious interiors, off-road capability, and mouth-watering price tags. To top it all off, the crossover SUV is available in a wide range of configurations, sizes, and trims. Crossover SUVs also offer better fuel economy and stability than their full-sized counterparts. They boast less body roll and higher safety ratings than traditional SUVs, which gained notoriety for rolling over in tight cornering.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is an ideal mid-sized SUV. It is designed to be spacious, quick, and economical. However, the interior design feels so well thought out that it feels like a luxury crossover SUV. The Santa Fe is practical and fulfilling, and it manages to execute its role with relative ease. It boasts excellent safety ratings, plenty of cargo space, and a superb powertrain warranty.

The Kia Sorento is an excellent crossover SUV. It performs admirably on all fronts, but it is somewhat subtle in terms of interior and exterior styling. It has three rows of seats, but the third row is a rather tight fit for adults. It has good safety scores and a wide range of trims and options.


The Hyundai Santa Fe comes powered by a 2.4L in-line 4-cylinder engine that produces 185HP. Buyers who want a little more power from the Santa Fe can opt for the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 235HP. This power is delivered to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. All-wheel drive is optional at all trim levels. For what the Santa Fe may lack in raw power, it makes up for in terms of ride comfort and handling. An optional self-leveling air-suspension increases ride comfort.

The Kia Sorento comes powered by a 2.4L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine that produces 185HP. Buyers can opt for a larger 3.3L naturally aspirated V6 engine that produces 290HP. The base model possesses a 6-speed automatic, while the V6 is coupled to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models, but all-wheel drive is optional. Though the V6 produces more power, this feels somewhat insignificant as it adds more weight to the already bulky Sorento.

Styling and Tech

The Hyundai Santa Fe looks aggressive and beautiful. It features a higher profile, sharper details, and a larger upright front grille, which is highlighted further by an impressive set of two-tier headlights. The base model comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels. The interior looks and feels luxurious and spacious. The interior also features a standard 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual front USB outlets, a rearview monitor, and a 7-inch display audio system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Higher trim levels feature a heated and adjustable lumbar driver's seat, heated rear seats, wireless charging, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with complimentary SiriusXM activation.

The Kia Sorento features a raised profile that makes it feel rather large. It features several convenience features such as standard cloth upholstery, power features, two 12-Volt outlets, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Higher trim levels offer more features, including a power tailgate, a panoramic roof, wireless charging, and an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen.


The Hyundai Santa Fe stands out for its standard safety features. After being subjected to a myriad of safety and crash tests by the NHTSA and the IIHS, the Santa Fe earned top ratings and was named a top safety pick. It includes safety features such as:

  • automatic emergency braking
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane-departure warning
  • lane-keeping assist
  • forward-collision warning

The Kia Sorento features several safety features. However, most of these features are only available at higher trim levels. These include:

  • automated emergency braking
  • adaptive cruise control
  • blind-spot monitoring
  • lane-keeping assist

All in all, the Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe are excellent crossover SUVs. However, the Hyundai Santa Fe edges out its competitor thanks to its superb fuel economy, stunning looks, and standard tech features. It also boasts a broader range of standard safety features that are only available at higher trim levels of the Sorento.

If you're interested in driving or owning the new Hyundai Santa Fe for yourself, visit us here at Seidel Hyundai in Reading, PA to speak to a member of our friendly sales staff.


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