If you need extra storage capacity in your ride, whether it's for cargo or passengers, a Kia SUV is the clear choice. The next question, however, is how big do you want your companion on the road to be? Sporty models are smaller, but incredibly popular and easy to drive.

On the other hand, midsize models offer a lot in terms of comfort and power. So, how can drivers near Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, PA, know which one is right for them?

The 2021 Kia Sportage and the 2021 Kia Sorento are great options for compact and midsize models, respectively. They both have a lot to offer, but only one can be right for you. Consult this detailed comparison from Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg to discover which of these brilliant Kia SUVs is best suited for your needs.

2021 Kia Sportage

2021 Kia Sorento

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EPA-estimated Fuel Economy (city/highway) *



Sorento vs Sportage: Performance

If your primary concern is raw power, the 2021 Kia Sorento might be the way to go. At their base models, the Sportage and the Sorento have around the same horsepower, with the Sportage getting 181 horsepower while the Sorento gets 191 horsepower. However, you can opt for a turbo engine in the Sportage for 240 horsepower. The Sorento model's available 281 horsepower is great for those looking for more power from their engine.

Both the Sorento and the Sportage are neck and neck in their fuel economy. While the Sorento has an EPA-estimated MPG of 24 city/29 highway, the Sportage offers an EPA-estimated MPG of 23 city/30 highway.*

2021 Sportage vs 2021 Sorento: Interior

Interior space is likely one of the main reasons you're considering a Kia SUV in the first place. While both have plenty of interior space to offer, the Sorento tends to have more. Up to seven people can fit into the Sorento on corresponding trim levels while the Sportage always maxes out at five.

Third-row passengers in the Sorento have 29.6 inches of legroom, while the Sportage second-row passengers get 38.2 inches of legroom. Sorento drivers have 40.3 inches of front headroom, and 41.4 inches of legroom. Drivers in the Sportage will have slightly less headroom with 39.3 inches, but an equivalent 41.5 inches of front legroom. Larger families will make good use of the third-row seating in the Sorento, while commuters riding solo or with smaller groups may not need that extra space.

When you're driving in all seasons, having quality temperature control is important for keeping your passengers comfortable. Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control is available in both the Sorento and Sportage to heat and cool without any need for extra input. This feature is standard on most Sorento models, while it's optional in most Sportage trims.

Kia Sportage vs Kia Sorento: Safety

When you're taking your family or friends along with you on a trip, the most important thing is their safety. Fortunately, Kia has outfitted both the Sportage and the Sorento with outstanding safety features.

In addition to being well-constructed, both the Sorento and Sportage include advanced driver assistance features. These features include:

  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Hill Start Assist Control

The larger Sportage includes a Rollover Sensor for more confidence when turning.


Drivers looking for the latest offerings in technology for a fun drive will find plenty to love in these Kia SUVs. The Sorento and Sportage both include an 8-inch touchscreen that acts as the key to various features to make journeying fun. Standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity allow you to keep your apps and messages on hand while on the road.

When it's time to start playing your favorite playlist, a booming sound system amplifies the music. The Sorento and Sportage offer different options for enhanced audio systems. In the Sportage, drivers can opt for the available Harman Kardon® Premium Surround Sound system, featuring eight speakers throughout the cabin. The larger Sorento has an available 12-speaker Bose® Premium Audio System to feel the bass throughout each of the three rows.

Both the Sportage and Sorento have outlets to charge your devices. The Sportage has three 12V power outlets and two USB ports for charging and audio input. While the Sorento has two 12V power outlets, it contains up to seven USB charging ports to keep everyone's devices at full power.

The Sorento and Sportage both have available wireless phone charging, though the Sorento includes it standard across more trim levels. When it comes to making the most of your phone, tech lovers will find more to do with their devices in the Sorento.

Information Technology

Both the Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento have standard rear-view monitoring. Once in reverse, you can see what lies behind you to help avoid potential collisions. The additional Dynamic Parking Guidance system previews your trajectory, so you can park more confidently. This extra piece of driver-assistive tech is only available in the Sorento, making this a smart choice for drivers in tight city streets or those looking for extra security.

Both the Sorento and Sportage include a trip computer to view info such as current fuel efficiency and remaining fuel. The screen in the Sorento is slightly larger at 4.2 inches, as opposed to the Sportage trip computer's 3.5-inch display. The Sorento and Sportage also have an available remote start system.

Test Drive the Kia Sportage and the Kia Sorento

If you're more into power and have more passengers to seat in the back, the Sorento is the choice for you. If you want increased versatility, however, the Sportage is the way to go. Which is best for you largely depends on what you value.

Reading about these Kia vehicles will only get you so far, though. To fully understand what each can offer, you need to experience them for yourself.

Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg invites all drivers around Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to test drive the 2021 Kia Sportage and the 2021 Kia Sorento. Visit us or give us a call to schedule your test drive today!

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

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