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How the 2016 Kia Sorento stacks up to its Crossover Competitors

The crossover SUV market is huge. The growing number of choices in the popular crossover market can be overwhelming. Fortunately, one choice stands out in a sea of options – the Kia Sorento.

When the Kia Sorento first debuted in 2002, it was a traditional truck-based body-on-frame SUV. Fast-forward 14 years, and the all new 2016 Sorento has become a refined, crossover SUV with a unibody (body and frame are a single unit) construction. The year 2016 marks a complete redesign for the Sorento, with a more spacious interior, new turbocharged engine and an increased wheelbase. But how does it stack up against competition from some of the biggest names in the industry including Toyota, Hyundai and Honda? We’re glad you asked.

Sorento vs. Highlander

While you may think its hard to compete with Toyota, recent studies show that Kia has outperformed the Japanese titan on almost every level. So, it’s no surprise that the Sorento easily takes the Highlander to town. To start with, the Highlander is more expensive than the Sorento, with a MSRP of $29,765 versus the Sorento’s $24,900. But the lower MSPR certainly doesn’t mean you get less with the Sorento. Just some of the highlights depicting how the Sorento outdoes its rival from Japan include more cargo volume and passenger volume, better fuel mileage than (21/29 vs 20/25 mpg), a higher safety rating and more standard features.

Under the hood, the Sorento is more advanced, too. While the Highlander chugs along with a 2.7L sequential injection engine producing 185 hp, the Sorento make the same power from less engine with a base 2.4L engine that provides 185 hp.

Sorento vs. Santa Fe

So, how about the Sorento’s fraternal twin, the Santa Fe? Once again, the Kia comes in with a lower MSRP of $24,900 compared to the Hyundai’s $30,150. Besides the price difference, there isn’t much of a discrepancy between the two. You get nearly all of the features offered in in Hyundai – you just pay less. Although both vehicles have the same engine options producing the same power, the Kia weighs less meaning it performs better and is more fun to drive.

Sorento vs Honda Pilot

Finally, we’ll look at how the Kia Sorento compares against the Honda Pilot. The Sorento undercuts all of its competitors when it comes to value, and the Pilot is no exception with an MSPR of $29,870 compared to the Sorento’s $24,900. The Sorento also ekes out better mileage (21/29 vs. 18/25 mpg), has more standard options and a far better safety rating. And while the Kia offers a range of engine options including the high tech, direct injected turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, the Pilot only offers a rather archaic 3.5L six-cylinder.

Choose the Sorento for Reliability, Performance and Price

There’s no doubt about it; the Kia Sorento outperforms all of the competition while still managing to cost less. Plus, Kia offers award-winning reliability and an outstanding 5 year/ 60000 mile warranty. There are a lot of crossover SUVs on the market, but there is really only one option – the Kia Sorento.

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On August 12, 2015

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