Whether you're taking a car full of kids to practice or heading off for a week down to the shore, the midsize SUV has something for you. The 2019 Kia Sorento and 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe make for two great options in this category for your daily commute around the Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg areas.

Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg compared the two vehicles to see which one was best at meshing style and function and present the results to you here.

2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

EPA-Estimated City/Highway Fuel Economy

22/29 MPG

19/24 MPG

ECO-Assist System


Not Available

Standard Drivetrain

Front-Wheel Drive

Front-Wheel Drive

Optional Drive Trail

Dynamax™ All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe: Fuel Economy

Both the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe will get you where you need to go, and they'll do it with a healthy dose of power. However, the Sorento is more likely to get you there with fewer pit stops.

The Ultimate trim of Santa Fe gets an EPA-estimated 20 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway, which is pretty impressive. The Sorento, however, tops the charts, standardly boasting a 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway fuel economy.*

Even more, the 2019 Kia Sorento comes standard with the EcoMinder® fuel-efficiency indicator. This tells you when your vehicle is operating at an optimal fuel economy, so you can adjust your driving technique as necessary for maximum efficiency. The Santa Fe does not offer this kind of system, so drivers have to monitor the efficiency of their driving technique on their own.

With an evenly matched fuel tank capacity, the Sorento appears much more likely to take you a rest stop or two further on the turnpike.

Want to be able to tow a small trailer or boat down to the shore? Check out the Sorento's towing capacity.

2019 Kia Sorento vs 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Handling Capabilities

Both SUVs come standard with front-wheel drive (FWD) and offer an available all-wheel drive (AWD) for all trims.

The Sorento, however, amplifies its available AWD with Dynamax™, which monitors driving conditions and can help anticipate your needs while traversing challenging terrains. It also features Torque Vectoring Cornering Control. This system uses sensors to correct under-steering during cornering, so you can feel free to take the winding scenic route to your destination.

The AWD available in the Hyundai Santa Fe offers standard stability controls but does not offer the enhanced Dynamax™ features, so drivers may not feel as secure on rough terrain or in inclement weather. 

Sorento vs Santa Fe: SUV Infotainment

If you want to play music, tune in to your favorite podcast, or listen to an audiobook, both the Sorento and Santa Fe have you covered with their Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity and available Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ capability.

The Kia Sorento, however, features an available infotainment system called UVO. This system uses voice commands to control your features and includes the following additions:

  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM® Traffic
  • HD Radio™
  • 8-inch Touchscreen Display

Hyundai has a multimedia system as well, but it doesn't feature the full infotainment suite like UVO does.

Reviews of the individual features of the Sorento can be found here!

Take the 2019 Kia Sorento Out on the Road

When we compared the 2019 Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai Santa Fe, we found that the Sorento came out ahead regarding fuel economy, handling, and infotainment.

If you want to give the 2019 Kia Sorento a test drive around Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg, come to Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg today and we'll get you behind the wheel. Go ahead and schedule your test drive now!


*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition. These estimates reflect EPA's revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.

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