|2019 Kia Sportage||2019 Kia Sorento|
|2.4L I4||2.4L I4|
|23/30 *||22/29 *|
2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Kia Sorento
If you're wondering what's new in the latest Kia Sportage, the answer is that the compact SUV has more to offer in the way of technology and advanced safety equipment. This year you'll also get an impressive assortment of amenities for a great value. There are also more add-on options available with the 2019 Sportage. There are three trim levels available in the Kia Sportage for 2019. All have luxurious, upscale cabins, a smooth ride, and a user-friendly infotainment system. The Sportage is ranked #4 in compact SUVs by US News & World Report, and it is a finalist in the running for “Best Compact SUV for the Money” in 2019. The Kia Sorento is a mid-size SUV that is comfortable, versatile, and innovative. As Kia says, it's made to fit any lifestyle. New in 2019 is a revised exterior design, a new transmission, and a third-row seat.
The first two trim levels of the Sportage get a 2.4L engine with 16 valves and four cylinders. The top trim gets a turbocharged 2.0L engine. This engine also has four cylinders and 16 valves. The base engine has a power output of 181 HP in both the front-wheel drive and the all-wheel-drive versions. The engine of the SX Turbo produces 240 HP at 6,000 RPM with front-wheel drive. Its output is slightly less (137 HP) at the same RPM with the all-wheel-drive versions. You'll get an identical six-speed automatic transmission with both engines. The Kia Sorento comes with an available eight-speed transmission for the first time this year. The first two trims have an engine that creates up to 185 HP, while the four higher trims have a six-cylinder engine that churns out nearly 300 HP. As with the Sportage, the Sorento is offered in front-wheel and all-wheel drive.
When it comes to style, both the Sportage and the Sorento have distinctive and head-turning designs. The base trim (called the LX) is adorned with a matte grille, while the upper two trims get gloss black grilles. All are accented with chrome detailing. Power-adjustable side mirrors come standard, as does a rear spoiler that gives the Sportage an athletic appearance. Roof rails, which are standard on the higher two trims and optional on the base, add to the SUV's rugged appearance and serve a practical storage purpose, too. The Sorento has the same signature chrome-accented grilles. It also has heated outer mirrors with LED turn signals. Sound-absorbing glass makes for exceptionally quiet rides and LED positioning lights to add to the car's visibility.
The Sportage comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen on the top two trims. The base trim has a five-inch standard screen with an optional seven-inch screen. Navigation is standard on the top trim and optional on the second. A backup camera is a standard across the board. The top trims have an assortment of standard safety features including rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist, and blind-spot detection. A USB port and 12V outlets are standard. The Sorento starts with a standard seven-inch infotainment display screen, while the top two trims get an eight-inch screen with navigation. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on all trims. You'll find many of the same driver-assist safety features on the Sorento, but they are standard starting on lower trim levels. All trims get 12V power outlets, and the top two also get a 110 power outlet.
If you're looking for a reliable, comfortable, and sporty SUV, both the 2019 Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento are great options. They are similar in some ways, but also have their distinct differences. However, you'll have to see what they offer for yourself by scheduling a test drive at our dealership. Don't hesitate to call or make an appointment online today.
* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.