2019 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Sportage: The Big Difference

By Product Expert | Posted in Sorento, Sportage, Vehicles on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 at 4:46 pm
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Many customers requested an article about Kia Sorento vs Sportage. Here, we identify the differences between Kia’s top two utility vehicles. Generally, our comparisons between different brands fall under our Model Research tab, but because our Gateway Kia of Quakertown customers asked, we’ve summarized the main points here.

In our first article, we compared the Kia Sorento vs Sportage and some popular features. But, customers today lost interest in those features. Customers are more educated about the crossover classification and instead of bells-and-whistles they want information about reliability. In that regard, the 2019 Kia Sorento is a midsize SUV, and the 2019 Kia Sportage is a modern compact crossover. Now, let’s dive in and identify the main distinctions between a crossover and an SUV.

Kia Sorento vs Sportage, SUV vs CUV

By definition, crossover or crossover utility vehicles (CUV) have a unibody platform (one-piece). This differs from the body-on-frame design (two-pieces) characteristics of light trucks and SUVs. Crossovers are unique because they combine features from sport utility (SUV) and passenger vehicles. These features include tall interiors and high ground clearance with all-wheel drive. They also have an independent rear suspension which makes it handle like a car. Also, CUVs are smaller, lighter in weight, and have better fuel economy than a full-size SUV.

Now you know the key differences between a crossover utility vehicle and an SUV. Let’s summarize the feature differences between the Kia Sorento vs Sportage. For 2019, both vehicles have upgraded trim options. This means the standard technology and comfort features are identical. What’s left are three primary areas, the interior space, performance, and safety.

Interior Space

The 2019 Kia Sorento includes a modernized spacious cabin and 1 to 3 rows of seating. That’s a 2 to 7 person seating configuration. So, there are one or three rows of seating depending on how you fold the rear seats. The Sorento also offers an incredible amount of cargo space, regardless of how you configure the rear seating. Likewise, the 2019 Kia Sportage offers one or two-row seating. Plus, the Sportage comes with a split rear seat so you can fold one rear seat down, or both. It also has respectable cargo space and dimensions for its class and its smaller size offers better gas mileage. In our opinion, the Kia Sorento is better for families, a business, or long-distance travel. And, the Sportage offers drivers convenience and better gas mileage.

Performance: Drivetrain and Fuel Mileage

Both of these vehicles have varying engine options. The compact 2019 Kia Sportage has a base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 181HP. It’s also available in a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 240HP. The larger 2019 Kia Sorento options a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 185HP or a 3.3-liter V-6 at 290HP. For those wanting to hitch a trailer, the Sportage has 2,000 pounds of towing capacity. And, with select options, the Sorento has up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.

Next, is the subject of fuel economy. The EPA fuel mileage (MPG) here is from the lowest engine options. A larger option yields less MPG. Both models come standard with Front-wheel drive (FWD) and an All-wheel drive (AWD) option.

The 2019 Sportage FWD has an average of 23 City, 30 Highway, and a 26 Combined MPG. The AWD option has an average of 22 City, 25 Highway, and 22 Combined MPG.

The 2019 Kia Sorento FWD has an average of 22 City, 29 Highway, and 25 Combined MPG. The AWD option gets an average of 21 City. 26 Highway, and 23 Combined MPG. These readings may not seem impressive, but you can’t expect much when you increase the size of the engine.

Safety and Awards

Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) assesses new vehicles. They determine how well a vehicle protects its occupants. The IIHS also records to what extent vehicles assist drivers in avoiding accidents. In our comparing models, the 2019 Kia Sorento earned the 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+. And, the 2018 Kia Sportage earned the 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Those models included optional front crash prevention and the high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights.

Also, the 2018 Kia Sorento received the “Highest Ranked Midsize SUV In Initial Quality,” 2 Years in a Row. The 2018 Kia Sorento had the lowest rate of reported problems among midsize SUVs. That finding was part of the J.D. Power 2017-2018 Initial Quality Studies.

Interested in learning more about the Kia Sportage and Sorento? Call or visit Gateway Kia of Quakertown PA. Our qualified staff will answer any questions you might have. They can also help you schedule a test drive here in the Philadelphia area. Come in and see what Kia owners love about these impressive crossover options.

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