What is the difference between the Kia Sportage and the Kia Sorento

Are you thinking about adding a new Kia SUV to your daily drive? The 2019 Kia Sportage and 2019 Kia Sorento are viable options for growing families in the Matteson, IL area. To help you decide which Kia SUV has all the features you want most, the team at Hawkinson Kia has created the following comparison between the 2019 Sorento and 2019 Sportage. Continue reading to decide which SUV you’ll be driving home, or call our dealership for more information at (708) 251-4298.

Performance and Towing Capability

When it comes to engine and performance, the 2019 Kia Sportage and 2019 Sorento offer nearly identical specs for horsepower, torque, and fuel efficiency. If you plan on using your new Kia SUV for towing a small boat or trailer, both models have a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 lbs. For additional specs, check out the table below.

2019 Kia Sportage


2019 Kia Sorento

2.4L I4


2.4L I4

181 HP


185 HP

175 lb.-ft.


178 lb.-ft.


MPG city/highway


2,000 lbs.

Max. Towing

2,000 lbs.

The interiors of the Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento

Interior Comfort

Whether you have a growing family or live an active lifestyle, you want your Kia SUV to be comfortable and appointed with premium amenities. The 2019 Kia Sorento seats up to seven passengers, while the Kia Sportage accommodates five passengers. Additional differences in interior comfort include the following:

  • Both SUVs come standard with cloth-trimmed seating, but the 2019 Kia Sorento includes YES Essentials® stain-resistant cloth
  • A 12-way adjustable driver’s seat is available with the Kia Sportage, while the Sorento offers a 14-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • A heated steering wheel is available with both SUVs, but only the Sorento offers a sport steering wheel

A Kia SUV using safety sensing while driving by the ocean

Safety Features and Crash Test Results

Both the 2019 Kia Sorento and Kia Sportage include cutting edge safety features to give you peace of mind behind the wheel. In fact, the 2019 Kia Sorento earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award. The Kia Sportage earned a five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA. Features like a rearview camera and a Traction Control System are standard on both SUVs, and the safety systems are also available with each SUV:


Safety Features

2019 Kia Sorento

    Forward and Reverse Park Distance Warning
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning

2019 Kia Sportage

  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert


If you’ve been researching Kia SUVs, it’s likely you’ve come across the 2018 Kia Sportage and the 2018 Kia Sorento. At this point, you may be wondering what the differences are between these two SUVs. Wonder no more! To help you move along the research process, the team of automotive specialists at our Kia dealership in Matteson, IL has done the hard work for you by highlighting what makes each one unique.

If you have any questions before you continue, take a moment to give us a call at (708) 298-5350 and we’ll happily provide answers.

2018 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Kia Sorento

Is the Kia Sportage or Sorento Bigger?

If you are looking for a little more passenger and cargo volume from your vehicle, the new Kia Sorento is a little bit larger than the new Kia Sportage. Take a look at the table below for details on each model’s interior measurements.


Kia Sportage

Kia Sorento

Passenger Volume

98.6 cu.-ft.

146.4 cu.-ft.

Cargo Volume

30.7 cu.-ft.

38.8 cu.-ft.

Engine Performance & Towing Capacity

Even though the Kia Sorento and Sportage both come with a 2.4L I4 engine, they produce slightly different numbers in terms of performance. If you would like a more spirited performance from your next vehicle, the Kia Sorento offers more horsepower and torque than the Kia Sportage. Since it can also tow several hundred more pounds than the Sportage, the Sorento is a little better for those looking to transport their trailer. Peruse the table below for specifications on each model’s standard engines.


Kia Sportage

Kia Sorento


181 HP @ 6,000 RPM

185 lb.-ft. @ 6,000 RPM


175 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

MPG City/Highway

23/30 MPG

21/28 MPG

Max. Towing

1,650 lbs.

2,000 lbs.

Interior Comfort & Technology Features

When it comes to interior and tech features, the 2018 Kia Sportage and 2018 Kia Sorento are both comfortable and entertaining. Since they both offer the same impressive interior features, you’ll love the in-cabin experience whether you purchase the Sportage or the Sorento. Interior tech and comfort features available with the new Kia Sportage and new Kia Sorento include:

  • Standard seating for five
  • Multi-adjustable heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Satellite radio
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Auxiliary jack
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat comes standard with the Sportage only
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Lower console storage
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Tachometer

2018 Kia Sportage & Kia Sorento Interior

Kia Sportage & Sorento Special Offers

If you’ve decided that you want to purchase either the Kia Sportage or the Kia Sorento, but aren’t thrilled about paying full price, we have several special offers for you to take advantage of. Stop by our Kia specials page for more information on how you can save on your next Kia SUV.

If you have any questions for our team of automotive specialists, don’t hesitate to contact Hawkinson Kia using our online form. If you would like to speak with us directly, you can do so anytime during our scheduled business hours by calling (708) 298-5350.

Trim Options Available

The 2019 Kia Sportage has three trim levels to choose from, starting at $23,750 MSRP. The Kia Sorento, on the other hand, offers six trim levels, and starts at $25,990 MSRP. You can learn more about what each of the available trim levels have to offer by reading our model research pages, or simply head over to our new inventory to find your favorite Kia SUV! Schedule a test drive in any 2019 Kia Sorento or Kia Sportage by calling Hawkinson Kia in Matteson, IL at (708) 251-4298.

A kia Sportage hauling a trailer and a Kia Sorento driving under a bridge

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