2017 Kia Sorento vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

Three-row crossovers have come a long way since the former body on frame structures. They no longer are cumbersome to drive nor are they massive gas-guzzlers. The 2017 Kia Sorento vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe takes and compares two of the more flexible and family-friendly crossover SUVs that are able to accommodate up to seven passengers.

Even as a larger crossover with the capacity to seat seven, the 2017 Kia Sorento doesn’t let fuel efficiency fall by the wayside. Three engines are available and are dependent on how much power you want or need; nonetheless, the Sorento is able to earn up to 21 city/ 28 hwy mpg.

We get that you have a busy life and while you’re on the go, the last thing that you want to do is continually have to gas up. And while the Hyundai Santa Fe’s powertrain has become outdated over the years, Kia has three available options depending on which trim level that you select.

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2017 Kia Sorento vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
21 city/ 28 hwy mpg Fuel Economy Rating 18 city/ 25 hwy mpg

2.4L 4-cylinder

3.3L V6

2.0L 4-cylinder
Engine Options 3.3L V6
7 Seating 7
$25,600 MSRP $30,800

2017 Kia Sorento: Flexible Enough for the Busiest Family

Last year was a big one for the Kia Sorento as it underwent a hefty redesign and was fitted into brand new sheet metal. Two things that the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Sonata do well is they both have created sleek and sporty crossovers. The look and feel is more upscale, cutting away any excess bulk and making the curves more prominent and muscular.

The Kia Sorento and Hyundai Sonata both give drivers a wide variety of exterior colors to choose from; Kia lists one extra, bringing its total to nine options. As for its interior, last year’s redesign cleaned up the cabin, using soft touch materials and chrome details to make it more elegant.

Seven passengers are able to fit comfortably within the Kia Sorento, and even with all three rows of seating in place, the Sorento is able to create 38.8 cu-ft of storage space. Maximum cargo space doubles with the seats folded down, making for 73.5 cu-ft of space. As for drivers who will depend on the Kia Sorento for towing, the base level 4-cylinder engine limits towing capacity to 2000 lbs while its two more powerful engine options (the 3.3L V6 and 2.0L 4-cylinder) boost towing up to 3,500 lbs.

If you and your family are in the market for a new crossover SUV, we highly encourage you to give the 2017 Kia Sorento a try. Ever since its redesign, it’s an entirely different vehicle and just might be the flexible vehicle your family will come to love and depend upon on a daily basis.

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