When you’re shopping for a new vehicle, there’s no doubt you’ll discover two or more models from different automakers that offer comparable characteristics and features. If you’re shopping for a midsize SUV, you’re likely to be overwhelmed by all the choices out there, thanks to the popularity of this versatile style. Two similar choices are the Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe in Albuquerque, NM.
Based on consumer ratings, these two vehicles are near the top of their class, and their affordability makes them that much more desirable. There’s much to love about these budget-friendly SUVs, and because they’re “corporate cousins,” they share many parallels in their design and capabilities, such as dimensions and powertrains. Let’s examine the differences between these two excellent SUVs to determine which is the right option.
One of the major differences is the third row of seating with the Kia Sorento. While the Santa Fe is roomy, it only fits up to five passengers in its two rows of seats. On the other hand, the Kia Sorento, will fit up to seven passengers because it has a third row. These SUVs are nearly identical in headroom and legroom, but if you need more seating for friends and family, there’s no denying a third row makes things easier!
Considering cargo space, it would appear that the Santa Fe has more, with 36.4 cubic feet behind the second row, but that’s because there is no third row! You’ll get the additional seating, plus 12.6 cubic feet behind the third row of the Sorento. And with the third row folded down, you’ll have 38.5 cubes behind the second row to fill with your stuff – that’s two cubic feet more than the Hyundai. Then, when you fold down the second row, the Sorento gives you 75.5 cubes, while the Hyundai Santa Fe only yields 72.1. It may not sound like much, but the extra volume can make a difference in getting equipment, luggage, groceries, or whatever else packed in!
While both cabins boast comfortable designs, the interior of the Sorento is just a bit more luxurious. Even the base model looks like it belongs in a much more expensive SUV; it’s upscale, well-designed, and constructed with premium materials. The Sorento’s higher trims are practically on par with luxury-level interiors, and you’ll be well insulated from wind and road noise as you relax in the ultra-plush and comfortable seats.
The Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe in Albuquerque, NM are also very similar in their tech offerings. Both models have an 8-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, several USB ports (though the Sorento has more), and Bluetooth. They offer a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, wireless charging, navigation, and premium audio systems. Extras like voice recognition, satellite radio, and a rear-seat entertainment system are also available with the Sorento. Even though it’s a close call, the Sorento has more standard features and offers extra tech that isn’t even available in the Santa Fe.
Although the price tag on the Hyundai Santa Fe comes in a little lower than the Kia Sorento (about $1,640 less, at both entry-level and top-of-the-line), it’s only offered in five trim levels. The Kia Sorento is available in eight trim levels, with many features and amenities. With this many options, you can find just the right model that works with your budget.
But you don’t need to take our word for it; come see why the Sorento is a better choice. Make your way to our dealership to test drive the Sorento and check out your favorite trims up close. The dealership is located at 7400 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.