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2017 Kia Sorento vs Honda CR-V

When you're shopping in the SUV market, the distinctions between compacts and midsize can mean very little. You want the best vehicle you can get for your money--and two of the most popular with a similar price tag are the Kia Sorento and the Honda CR-V. But how do they compare?

2017 Kia Sorento vs Honda CR-V


The exterior styling of the Sorento is like a really sensible pair of shoes--you won't fall in love at first sight, but you won't be ashamed to wear them down the street either. The Sorento delivers the look of a midsize SUV, one you'd want and expect something in this segment to embrace. Rugged where it should be and sleek enough to feel adventurous, the Sorento has a design that looks as good now against its competition as it did when it launched in 2016.

From some angles, the Honda CR-V can look a little odd and it's far from inspiring as a design. It's certainly not dull or bland; the CR-V is probably best described as quirky. The quirky design hasn't hurt the Honda's sales, clearly, as it continues to be one of the most popular SUV models on the market. For us, though, the styling of the Kia Sorento is much more likeable.

Power and Performance

The base engine in the Sorento is a 2.4-liter inline-four offering 185 horsepower, front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission--pretty standard for the segment and no real surprise. However, you can also opt for a recently introduced turbo-four that ups the power ante to 240 horsepower, as well as a V-6 with 290 horsepower. You can only get the base engine in the entry level L model, with the other models offering one of the more powerful options.

Just like the Sorento, the CR-V also has a 2.4-liter inline-four base engine that's only available in the entry level LX model. The Honda unit produces 184 horsepower, but all other models get a 1.5-liter turbo-four that's rated at 190 horsepower. If you want more power than that, you'll have to look elsewhere because that's all your options with the CR-V.

Interior Space

The Kia Sorento offers a third-row seat, and although this isn't the largest three-row crossover you can buy, it's certainly not too small to justify those extra seats. With a total passenger volume of 146.4 cu.-ft. inside the Sorento, there's plenty of room to go around. The driver and front seat passenger get a lovely 44.4 inches of leg room, while cargo volume is par for the course at 73.5 cu.-ft. with the rear seats down. Space won't be a problem in the Sorento.

There's just 105.9 cu.-ft. of passenger volume inside the Honda, so it's probably just as well there's no third-row seat option for the CR-V. Leg room in the front and rear seats is pretty similar to the Kia though, and it's a similar story with cargo space. But the extra versatility of the greater passenger room and third-row seat in the Sorento gives the Kia the edge again.

Fuel Economy

A base Sorento with that inline-four is rated by the EPA at 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined, but going for the turbo-four instead only drops 1 mpg off each of those numbers. An all-wheel drive V-6 is inevitably a lot thirstier with ratings of 17/23/19 mpg.

The best EPA fuel economy ratings of 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined also come from the entry level versions of the CR-V, and going for the 1.5 turbo also knocks 1 mpg off each of those numbers. The Honda is quite a bit more fuel frugal than the Kia.

Learn More about the Kia Sorento

The CR-V is a good crossover, obviously, or it wouldn't be as popular as it is. However, the simple fact is you get a lot more vehicle for your money with the Kia Sorento. In the world of family crossovers, size really does matter, as does exceptional value for money--and the Sorento has both of these areas locked up when compared with the Honda.