2017 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2017 Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are two midsize SUVs that have a whole lot in common. If you're looking for a car with enough space for your entire family, a midsize SUV with an optional third row will allow you to fit a lot of passengers without being an impossible mammoth to maneuver on your commute.

This comparison will help break down the differences between these two similar vehicles, making it easier to decide which would be the better option for your family's needs. Your team at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg is dedicated to helping your find the perfect new car for you and your family. If you have any questions about this comparison, please contact us to speak with an expert.

2017 Kia Sorento

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

EPA-Estimated Fuel Efficiency

21 city/28 highway

18 city/25 highway

Front Legroom

44.1 inches

41.3 inches

Number of Trim Levels



Rearview Camera



Maximum Power

290 horsepower

290 horsepower










Overview: Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

These vehicles share a multitude of features, making them somewhat difficult to distinguish from one another. Each offers five seats, with the option to add a third row, bringing seating capacity up to seven.

Power capacity maxes out at 290 horsepower for both cars, making the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe both powerful, fast-driving vehicles with drivetrains that are available in front- or all-wheel drive. Where they differ is in their gas mileage. The 2017 Kia Sorento achieves an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway MPG,* whereas the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe only achieves an EPA-estimated 18 city/25 highway MPG.

Both the 2017 Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are equipped with standard rearview cameras that make it easier and safer to park. Each also offers available driver-assist technologies that provide even more features to make a number of driving situations more foolproof, and prevent common collisions. The 2017 Sorento offers a unique Surround View Monitor that controls four mounted cameras on your vehicle, allowing you to see a birds-eye view of your car, which makes parking a cinch.

Passenger Space: Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

In terms of space for your passengers, you'll want to pay attention to legroom in order to know if the vehicle will be comfortable for taller adults. With 44.1 inches of front legroom, the Kia Sorento provides more than enough space, even for a 6-footer. The Hyundai Santa Fe offers 41.3 inches of legroom, which is still higher than average.

Bucket front seats make for a comfortable ride even on long road trips, while 8-way adjustable driver seats allow drivers of either vehicle to find an ideal driving position.


The 2017 Sorento offers seven different trim levels to choose from, so you'll be sure to find one with the perfect combination of features. The 2017 Santa Fe is offered in only four trim levels.

The Kia's drive mode select allows the driver to decide on the perfect ride quality and feel. Normal mode will give you balanced performance, while Eco helps to maximize fuel economy and save you money at the pump. Sport mode enhances engine and transmission settings and stiffens the feel of steering for a more fun, engaging drive.

Take a Test Drive: Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

Our team of experts at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg thinks that our customers in Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg will appreciate the Kia's spacious legroom and customizable features and trims. To further explore the features and drivability of the 2017 Kia Sorento, contact us to schedule a test drive. We can't wait to see you in our showroom!


*Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition.


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