When you’re shopping for a new midsize crossover, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento should top your list of options. Both models improve your daily drive with smooth power, cushy cabins, and world-class tech gear. Choosing between them really comes down to you, and what you want from your midsize crossover. Our comparison guide has the details.
When you want to bolster your savings account, the Hyundai Santa Fe gives you a slight edge. Hyundai’s five-passenger crossover starts at $27,000, whereas the Kia Sorento has a starting MSRP of $29,390. Of course, the Sorento offers space for up to seven passengers, so spending a few extra dollars might be in your best interests.
The Santa Fe keeps costs down and, at the same time, offers a more stylish ride. Its standard 18-inch alloy wheels outshine the Sorento’s standard 17-inch wheels, for example.
On the other hand, these crossovers have a lot of standard features in common. For example, both provide wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capabilities, the latest in smartphone integration technology. And both crossovers also provide infotainment systems with 8-inch touch-screen interfaces.
If you want a great deal on a luxurious ride, both the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento can help. However, the Santa Fe has the edge. Its new top-trim Calligraphy model has all the luxury features you can dream up, from heated and ventilated front seats to premium leather upholstery with quilted stitching. Extra flourishes, like the ambient interior lighting and faux suede headliner, give the Calligraphy a uniquely upscale feel.
At the top of the Sorento trim lineup, the SX Prestige model offers similar luxury. It also supplies leather seating, though it’s not diamond-stitched. If you want a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, the SX Prestige is the Sorento model for you. (By comparison, though, the Santa Fe offers a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system on both the Limited and Calligraphy models).
Because they’re corporate cousins, the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe powertrains are essentially the same. Both crossovers’ base option is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (191 horsepower, 182 pound-feet of torque). And both offer an optional upgrade, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. However, this engine is slightly more powerful in the Sorento (281 hp, 311 lb-ft) than in the Santa Fe (277 hp, 311 lb-ft).
The Kia Sorento might have a slight edge when it comes to horsepower, but the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is the overall favorite. Hyundai’s five-passenger crossover manages to deliver upscale style at a lower price. And you’ll love its high-tech standard lineup, which includes driver safety aids, cutting-edge infotainment, and flashy wheels. If you prefer a more luxurious drive, the Santa Fe also delivers, thanks to its newly optional Calligraphy model.