In comparing the Hyundai SANTA FE's and the Kia Sorento's specifications and ratings, the Hyundai SANTA FE has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, reliability, interior volume and overall quality score. The Kia Sorento has the advantage in the area of resale value. The Hyundai SANTA FE and Kia Sorento have the same fuel efficiency base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Hyundai SANTA FE's and the Kia Sorento's specifications and ratings, the Hyundai SANTA FE is a better car than the Kia Sorento.
Hyundai SANTA FE vs. Kia Sorento Pricing
A used 2023 Hyundai SANTA FE ranges from $27,973 to $41,997 while a used 2023 Kia Sorento is priced between $32,338 to $44,913. For a new model, the Hyundai SANTA FE's price is between $30,630 and $46,315, with the Kia Sorento priced between $31,815 and $46,043.
Hyundai SANTA FE vs. Kia Sorento Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Hyundai SANTA FE loses 50 percent of its value and the Kia Sorento loses 48.5 percent of its value. This means the Kia Sorento retains 1.4 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Hyundai SANTA FE.
Hyundai SANTA FE vs. Kia Sorento Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Hyundai SANTA FE is 8.5 out of 10 while the Kia Sorento's quality rating is 7.7 out of 10. This results in the Hyundai SANTA FE being ranked 7 out of 30 Best Midsize SUVs and the Kia Sorento being ranked 17 out of 30. Out of 66 Best Crossover SUVs, the Hyundai SANTA FE is ranked 9 and the Kia Sorento is ranked 35.
Hyundai SANTA FE vs. Kia Sorento Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Hyundai SANTA FE is 8.6 out of 10. For the Kia Sorento the reliability rating is 8.0 out of 10. This gives the Hyundai SANTA FE a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Kia Sorento.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the base engine of both the Hyundai SANTA FE and the Kia Sorento makes 191 horsepower. Both the SANTA FE and the Sorento are rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 496 and 513 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Hyundai SANTA FE has the advantage of offering more front head room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space. The Kia Sorento has the advantage in the area of rear head room. The Hyundai SANTA FE and Kia Sorento are comparable in regards to front shoulder room and rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Hyundai SANTA FE has higher safety ratings than the Kia Sorento, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.49 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Hyundai SANTA FE has the better rating with a Top Safety Pick+ award compared to the Kia Sorento’s Top Safety Pick award.
Considering they both hail from parent Hyundai Motor Group, the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento midsize SUVs have many similarities. They share the same powertrains (including hybrid and plug-in hybrid options), feature an extensive list of standard features, possess refined driving dynamics, and come with excellent warranties. There are some key differences, however. The slightly larger Sorento costs about $2,200 more than the Santa Fe, but that price premium nets more passenger-carrying ability; the Sorento is a 3-row, 7-passenger vehicle, whereas the Santa Fe seats only five across two rows. While the Sorento does offer more seating flexibility, the Santa Fe provides better front-seat legroom and feels roomier than the Sorento in its two rows. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two SUVs is the front-end styling, specifically the nose and grille. As is the case with most Hyundai models, the Santa Fe features a large grille opening that is much more aggressive than the Sorento’s more subdued design.