2019 Kia Sorento vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Head to Head

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2019 Kia Sorento
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Which Midsize SUV Is Right for You?

The Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are budget-friendly family haulers that compete against each other and other midsize SUVs, including the Toyota Highlander and Subaru Ascent.  

The Sorento has received a midcycle refresh for 2019, including styling updates, new driver assistance features, and a new engine/transmission configuration (the V6 engine is now paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission).  Kia has eliminated the Sorento’s 2-row seating option so the Sorento now only comes in a 3-row configuration. The Korean automaker has also gotten rid of the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The 2-row Hyundai Santa Fe has been completely redesigned for 2019 (the Santa Fe Sport name has been retired). The Santa Fe XL, which has 3 rows, carries over into the 2019 model year, though the configuration is expected to be dropped when the Hyundai Palisade arrives at dealerships in mid-2019.

Read on to see which model is best.

(Keep in mind that U.S. News scores are updated constantly as new data comes in, so the scores mentioned in this article may not match those in our rankings and reviews.)

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