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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Kia Sorento and Sportage

It’s no secret that we love to brag about offering the world’s best built cars and SUVs. By comparison, Hyundai is ranked #8. The Sportage secured 1st in its segment in 2016 and 2nd in 2017, allowing the Kia Niro, a Guinness World Record holder for “lowest fuel consumption of a hybrid”, to have the top spot.

Pretty impressive, right? Well, the Sportage also took home the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick” in 2016, 2017, and 2018. It’s a Kelly Blue Book “Top 10 Most Awarded Vehicle,” an Autotrader “Must Test Drive,” and an Edmunds “12 Best AWD Small SUVs.”   

The Sorento is no joke either, in fact, did you know that it is the current IQS winner in the midsize SUV segment? Moving up from #2 in 2016 and upsetting the competition, the Sorento continues its quest for admiration by boasting an IIHS “Top Safety Pick” award in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Sorento has also been accredited with a 5-star Safety Rating from the (NHTSA) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Red Dot Design Honorable Mention Award in 2016, and Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) “Best New SUV” in 2016.


With standard features like fog lights, Sirius XM radio with 3 months free subscription, heated front seats, rearview cameras, and more, the Kia Sportage and Sorento set the bar.

If you’re looking for a little more out of your driving experience, stepping up into the EX and SX trims won’t hit your budget too hard, and you’ll get great upgraded features like Android Auto/Apple Carplay, which allows you access to your favorite apps and navigation. A heated steering wheel, power adjustable seating, premium Infinity audio and Nappa leather seating are also available in the EX and SX trims.

Looking for safety? Moving up in trim means you’ll have the latest and greatest safety equipment such as autonomous emergency braking, smart cruise with traffic auto stop and go, and lane departure warning.      

While there are plenty of things to consider when purchasing a new vehicle, quality should probably top that list. Kia is outperforming industry standards and planning to continue that trend for years to come. Choose a Kia for its strong performance, high safety ratings and stunning appearance. Drive to Surprise in a Kia, because number one in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey means you’ll be riding in a vehicle with longevity.


If you’re looking for some hauling power, you need not look further. The Kia Sorento comes equipped with an available 3,500 lbs of towing and a maximum 5,000 lbs capability. And for that extra boost of power, you can fire up the 3.3 L V6 Sorento and sore across the highway utilizing the impressive 290 hp behind that wide standing tiger nose. The Sportage sports a 2,000 lbs towing capacity with available 2.4 L 181 hp engine and a maximum 2.0 turbo pumping out an exhilarating 237 hp.

Sportage Santa Fe Sorento
J.D. Power Ranking (By Brand) #1 #8 #1
IQS Rank #2 #6 #1
Autotrader “Must Test Drive” YES NO NO
KBB “Most Awarded Vehicle” YES NO NO
Red Dot Design Award YES YES YES
NHTSA 5-star Safety Rating YES YES YES
Warranty 5y/100,00 5y/100,000 5y/100,000
Roadside Assistance 5y/unlimited 5y/unlimited 5y/unlimited
Max Engine 2.0 L turbo 2.0 L Turbo/3.3 L 3.3 L V6
Starting MSRP $25,095  $28,599/$32,199 $27,995