Kia Sportage vs Kia Sorento: How to Choose

October 29th, 2019 by

It is not uncommon for customers to consider both the Kia Sportage and the Kia Sorento. We also see customers trading one in for the other model because they felt their initial purchase was either too small or too large.

Sportage vs. Sorento

How do you choose? This comparison identifies the key differences between the models.  The primary difference is that the Sportage is considered a Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV) while the Sorento is a midsize Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). The Sportage has two rows and seats five, whereas, the Sorento has a standard third-row and seats seven.

There are fundamental differences between CUV and SUVs. The two primary differences are ride height and perception. A CUV will have a ride height between a sedan and a SUV. Some offer all-wheel drive and are taller for “off-roading. They can actually off-road as well as some of their SUV counterparts.  SUVs give the impression of being more rugged. Look for the SUV to have stronger stance and more hefty appearance. In fact, a CUV with all-wheel drive can probably handle light off-road adventures, as well as, an SUV.

The price differential between the Sportage and the Sorento is not all that significant and rebates and dealer discounts in any given month can muddy the waters. In short, price is unlikely to be the deciding factor if you are considering both.

  • Sportage: starting MSRP $23,990
  • Sorento: starting MSRP $26,690


  • Sportage: 181 HP/2.4L: Mileage 23/30
  • Sorento: 185 HP/2.4 L: Mileage 22/29

Both the Sportage and Sorento are two of the safest vehicles on the road. Each is equipped with advanced safety technologies. The Sportage earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Sorento claimed a Top Safety Pick + award.

The Bottom Line

The Sportage, although smaller is the sportier of the two models with a driver-oriented cockpit and an optional turbo engine.

What the Sorento lacks in sportiness, it makes up for in luxury appointments and upgrades like a power liftgate and 360-camera. is more suited to a family has more legroom and cargo space in addition to the third-row seating. And, the Sorento has been named J.D. Power’s “Highest Ranked Midsize SUV” three times.

Both share features that Kia customer love such as standard Android Auto and Apple Car Play and optional features like a panoramic moon roof.

Our consultants are available to show you a side-by-side comparison and let you test drive both. Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment.

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