2017 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe
With stylish, upscale cabins and adventure-ready performance gear, mid-size crossover SUVs like the 2017 Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are ready for their close-up. Before you choose the model that's right for your family, make sure you're up to speed on both models' strong points. Read our comparison guide to learn more.
2017 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2017 Kia Sorento cabin is fit for the kind of king who spends hours on the road. In this segment, its upscale materials and roomy seating are among the best out there. Depending on configuration, the Sorento seats five to seven passengers. Big families can add the optional third row to make the most out of road trips.
The Hyundai Santa Fe also seats up to seven passengers - or six with second-row captain's chairs. In the first and second rows, you'll find supportive seating and generous head- and legroom for a comfy trip. Unfortunately, the third row is a bit of a pinch for adult-sized passengers - but it's great for kids.
With cutting-edge smartphone technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Kia Sorento leaves competitors in the dust. It projects smartphone apps like Phone and Messages - even Maps - onto your central touchscreen so you don't have to mess with your phone in traffic. Notably, it's easy to interact with Kia's Uvo infotainment system. The menus are intuitive and the touchscreen is responsive to your input - you don't have to ask twice.
The Santa Fe now comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, making it easy to find the app you seek. You can also persuade the central infotainment system to perform basic smartphone integration tricks, including hands-free calling. However, without Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Santa Fe doesn't offer complete integration. Unfortunately, that means you can't access sophisticated Siri voice controls or access your phone's Maps app from the central system.
For such a powerful crossover SUV, the 2017 Kia Sorento is surprisingly thrifty. It earns up to 21 city/28 highway, so you don't have to worry about going over-budget at the pump. This sporty crossover is also known for its pulling power. Properly equipped, the Sorento can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Hauling your water-born vehicles to the beach has never been so luxurious.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is also designed to make the most of what you spend at the pump, earning up to 21/27 mpg. Like the Sorento, it offers all-wheel drive for maximum traction when you travel off-road to campsites or beaches. While the Santa Fe trails the Sorento in fuel economy, it matches it pound-for-pound in tow ratings, moving max loads of 5,000 pounds.
After earning top scores in every single crash test, the Insurance Institute named the Santa Fe a 2017 Top Safety Pick+. If that's not enough to ease your mind, take a look at some of the Santa Fe's standard safety features. All models come with the Blue Link telematics system, which comes to your rescue with features like automatic collision notification and roadside assistance.
The 2017 Kia Sorento also earned top marks in IIHS crash tests, earning the title of 2017 Top Safety Pick (though without the +, which means its headlights didn't fare as well as the Santa Fe headlights). The Sorento's emergency telematics system is standard on most models. In addition to providing roadside assistance, it includes speed alert, geo-fencing, and curfew warning for teenage drivers. As with the Santa Fe, you can add high-tech driver aids - like blind-spot warning - to your Sorento to keep better tabs on nearby danger.
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Thanks to its family-friendly cabin and adventure-ready performance gear, the 2017 Kia Sorento is our top pick in this segment. Inside, you'll find plenty of room for a big family - and, more importantly, enough space for your kids to grow. Complete the package with tech features, a solid safety record, and budget-friendly SUV fuel economy and the Sorento clearly wins this contest.