If you need extra storage capacity in your vehicle, whether it's for cargo or passengers, an SUV is a clear choice. The next question, however, is how big do you want your vehicle to be? Crossovers are smaller but incredibly popular and easy to drive. On the other hand, midsize SUVs offer a lot in terms of comfort and power. So, how can you know which one is right for you?

At Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg, we think the 2019 Kia Sportage and the 2019 Kia Sorento are some of the best examples of crossovers and midsize SUVs, respectively. They both have a lot to offer, but only one can suit your driving needs perfectly. Consult this detailed 2019 Kia Sportage vs. Sorento comparison to discover which of these brilliant SUVs is best suited for your Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle drives!


If your primary concern is raw power, the 2019 Kia Sorento might be the way to go. At the base models, the Sportage and the Sorento have around the same horsepower, with the Sportage getting 181 horsepower while the Sorento gets 185 horsepower. However, you can opt for the turbo engine in the Sportage for 237 horsepower. While impressive, the Sorento's available 290-horsepower V6 does offer a bit more oomph.

As you might expect with all that power, the Sorento has slightly lesser fuel efficiency. While its EPA-estimated 19 MPG1 combined with the V6 engine is good for a vehicle that robust, the Sportage offers an EPA-estimated 21 MPG combined1 with its upgraded powertrain. With the standard engine, that number can get up to 23 MPG combined.1

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Interior space is likely one of the main reasons you're exploring an SUV as your next vehicle. While both of these have plenty of interior space to offer, the Sorento tends to have more due to its larger stature. Up to seven people can fit into the Sorento while the Sportage always maxes out at five.

While the Kia Sorento has a third row, the spacious seating isn't quite as impressive as the Sportage. This row receives up to 31.7 inches of legroom while the Sportage second-row passengers get 38.2 inches. The driver, however, has more room in the Sorento with 39.5 inches of headroom and 44.1 inches of legroom. The latter differs from the Sportage's measurements by nearly four inches.


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

In addition to being well-constructed, both vehicles include advanced driver assistance features. Systems like Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and Forward Emergency Braking can grant you peace of mind in what might be the easiest driving experience you've ever had.

Test Drive the Sportage and the Sorento

If you're more into power and wish to have a larger SUV, the Sorento is the choice for you. If you want fuel efficiency and versatility, however, the Sportage is the way to go. Which is best for you largely depends on what you value. Reading about these 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 Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and Harrisburg drivers to test drive the 2019 Kia Sportage and the 2019 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. These estimates reflect EPA's revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.

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