Among Kia’s offerings are two crossover SUVs: the Sportage and the Sorento. The two vehicles are similar in size and price, so you may have some trouble deciding which one is best. Hopefully, then, this list of differences will help make your decision easier.
The 2017 Kia Sportage is part of the compact crossover category, while the Sorento is a midsize crossover. Everything else aside, this means the Sorento has room for an optional third row of seats, improving the passenger capacity from five to seven (although those seven won’t have as much room as they would in a full-size SUV or a minivan). The cargo capacity is also larger on the Sorento: with a five-passenger model and the rear seats folded down, the Sorento can hold up to 73.5 cubic feet, while the Sportage can only manage 60.1 cubic feet.
It’s generally true that smaller vehicles use less gasoline than bigger ones, and Kia’s crossovers are no exception to this rule. Depending on the engine size and the drive configuration, the 2017 Sportage can manage 21-26 combined miles per gallon. The 2017 Sorento also has several engines and drives to choose from, but its fuel efficiency ranges from 19-24 combined mpg.
Even a relatively small SUV can tow a small trailer, and with the right equipment the 2017 Sportage can tow up to 2000 pounds. The larger engine option on the SX Turbo trim doesn’t increase this, however. The 2017 Sorento also starts with a base 2000-pound towing capacity, but with the right engine and the Trailer Package, it can pull up to 5000 pounds behind it.
Larger vehicles in the same category tend to have more features and options, so it’s natural that the larger Sorento has more features than the Sportage at the same trim levels. However, the Sorento also happens to offer more than twice the number of trim levels: seven instead of three. This means that not only do you have more options overall, you also get more power to customize exactly which features you want and which you can leave behind. The Sorento also comes with a V6 engine option on top of the two I4 engines offered for both crossovers.
There’s no two ways about it: when you get more size, more features, and more power, you’re going to pay a higher price. There isn’t much of a difference between the 2017 Sportage’s starting MSRP of $22,990 and the 2017 Sorento’s $25,400 MSRP, but $2500 is still enough to be a deal-breaker depending on your budget. The difference is even greater when you compare the starting prices of the highest trims: $32,500 for the Sportage SX Turbo versus $43,900 for the Sorento SX Limited V6. Whether the added cost is worth it is entirely up to you.
The 2017 Sportage and Sorento may look similar at first glance, but there are plenty of differences between the two crossovers. If you know which differences are most important to you, you should have no trouble deciding on which one to buy.
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