2021 Kia Sorento vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

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The new Kia Sorento is an outstanding compact car that does everything well and has an appealing list of features. It makes a great family vehicle for Pomona and surrounding areas. It gets quite good gas mileage and its performance feels excellent with the upgraded engine. There’s a nice mix of trims and packages to let you customize the Sorento to align with what you need. It is a jack-of-all-trades car because while some other models might have a sportier feel or more space, nothing succeeds in as many different categories as the Sorento. It manages all that at a reasonable price.

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The Kia Sorento proves that family and adventures can go hand-in-hand. The seven-passenger Sorento offers an adventure-set attitude with the capability and versatility that families need while on the go. After a major redesign and facelift, the Sorento is back and better than ever for 2021.

Shoppers have been waiting throughout the past year for the arrival of the Sorento here in Covina and our first roundup of models have just hit the dealership lot. As locals stop by to check out the redesigned Sorento, many are curious how this updated model stacks up against other updated models on the market. This 2021 Kia Sorento vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe comparison guide from Covina Kia is here to answer that question.

Redesigned Kia Sorento Shows a New Face in Pomona

The fully redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento has set the stage for new SUVs across the market. One of the Sorento SUV’s top competitors, the Hyundai Santa Fe, also got a redesign this year.

The 2021 Sorento is an ideal match for adventure-set families throughout Pomona. This rugged and do-it-all SUV offers the practicality of a large SUV with the convenience and capability drivers need while on and off the road. The Sorento makes room for up to seven passengers across three rows of seating, making room for the whole family, their cargo, and more. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, on the other hand, offers room for just five passengers in its two-row cabin. Due to the limited amount of seating, the Santa Fe also comes with less cargo space than the full-size Sorento.

The engine and tech found in the 2021 Sorento and Santa Fe are similar, however, the Sorento hits the bar higher than the Santa Fe in more ways than one. Shoppers looking for a vehicle big enough for daily commutes, weekend getaways, and week-long road trips will find that the 2021 Kia Sorento effortlessly provides what they need.

Come visit us here at Covina Kia near Pomona, to check out our current lineup of new Sorento models we have in stock. Contact a member of our team for more information on available Sorento models.

Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Kia Sorento vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe


Kia Sorento Lineup

Five trims make up the Sorento lineup. The base trim is the $30,565 LX, which comes with cloth upholstery, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 17-inch wheels, and LED lights.

Moving into the $33,065 S trim adds 18-inch wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver’s seat, automatic climate control, and heated front seats. It comes standard with the base 2.5-liter inline-4 but is also available with the hybrid powertrain; hybrid versions begin at $34,765 and feature 17-inch wheels and a second-row captain’s chairs.

The mid-level EX begins at $36,165. It’s powered by the 2.5-liter turbo-4 and comes with wireless device charging, adaptive cruise control, and second-row captain’s chairs. The $37,765 EX Hybrid also gets a rear spoiler and panoramic sunroof.

The $39,165 SX features luxuries like captain’s chairs in the second row, a 10.3-inch touchscreen, 20-inch wheels, and a sunroof.

The front-wheel-drive SX Prestige—or all-wheel-drive SX Prestige X-Line—top the lineup at $41,765 or $43,765, respectively. Both feature a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, heated and cooled front seats, perforated leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and 12-speaker Bose audio.


The new Sorento offers a major styling departure from its recent past. The front end is the most dramatic angle, where a more blunt face and slimmer headlights now reside. It’s a handsome look, tough and contemporary. The other crossovers in the family tree only share a vaguely similar grille.

The Sorento’s rear fascia is more in line with other Kias, especially the Telluride. The liftgate has been emboldened with lettering spelling out ‘Sorento,’ and the sharp-edged vertical taillights lend some pizzazz to the hatch. Strong creases and hard angles replace the softer lines of the outgoing version.


Initial reactions to the posh-looking interior suggest Kia has done a commendable job bringing high-dollar style to a low-buck crossover; a closer look reveals some kitschy detailing, such as its game-controller-like air vents.

The infotainment is beamed through via an 8.0-inch touchscreen or, on pricier trims, a 10.3-inch screen. Of the two, only the smaller screen features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; bring your cords for the 10.3-inches. Overall, the infotainment software works well thanks to a logical menu structure and quick responses.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but the cushions steadily thin out as you move from the first to the third row. That rearmost row is a letdown: it features just 29.6 inches of leg room and the seat feels hardly off the floor. It simply isn’t adequate for adults for any amount of time.

Cargo space, however, is substantial. Fold-down the near-useless third row and there are 38 to 45 cubic feet of space depending on the position of the adjustable fore/aft second-row. With both rows folded over 75 cubic feet of cargo space opens up.


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