Hyundai Santa Fe vs Kia Sorento

Hyundai Santa Fe

If you’re in the market for a new SUV, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento may be at the top of your list. While both vehicles offer similar features, some distinct differences make one the clear winner.

Want to know which is the best buy? Then keep on reading! The team at Dennis Hyundai of Dublin will give you the scoop on the Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Kia Sorento and which one you should take for a spin around Dublin, Powell, and Columbus, OH.

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Hyundai Santa Fe vs Kia Sorento: Performance

Hyundai Santa FeWhen you’re driving your SUV, you want to feel the thrills of agile and responsive performance. In the Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Kia Sorento case, both models offer a peppy 2.5L 4-cylinder.

Additionally, both models give you the option to opt for the more powerful 2.5L 4-cylinder turbo engine, providing even more robust performance. However, there is a difference when it comes to gas mileage and fuel tank capacity.

On the Kia Sorento, you have an EPA-estimated fuel economy of:

  • 24 city MPG
  • 29 highway MPG
  • 26 combined MPG

On the Hyundai Santa Fe, you get slightly better city driving, with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of:1

  • 25 city MPG
  • 28 highway MPG
  • 26 combined MPG

Though it’s neck-and-neck between these two SUVs, if you tend to drive around your city running errands, you may get more out of your fuel tank with the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Additionally, you have a bigger fuel tank capacity with the Hyundai Santa Fe, with 18.8 gallons versus the Kia Sorento’s smaller 17.7-gallon capacity.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs Kia Sorento: Space and Comfort

Hyundai Santa Fe TechWhen it’s time to hit the road, you need to have plenty of space to store everything you need to. Whether you are shopping for groceries or going for a weekend getaway, there’s a clear winner in total interior volume when it comes to the Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Kia Sorento.

The Kia Sorento offers 121.3 cubic feet of total interior volume, whereas the Hyundai Santa Fe blows it out of the water, with 147.9 cubic feet of total interior volume.

The Hyundai Santa Fe also excels against the Kia Sorento in interior dimensions and total interior volume. Here are the differences between the two:


Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Dimensions

Kia Sorento Interior Dimensions

Headroom (first/second): 41.2 inches/39 inches

Headroom (first/second): 40.3 inches/39.1 inches

Legroom (first/second): 44.1 inches/41.7 inches

Legroom (first/second): 41.4 inches/41.7 inches

Shoulder room (first/second): 59.1 inches/58.3 inches

Shoulder room (first/second): 59 inches/58 inches

Hip room (first/second): 57.5 inches/56.3 inches

Hip room (first/second): 55.5 inches/55 inches


As you can see, the Hyundai Santa Fe comes out on top when it comes to room for you and your passengers. With this amount of space, you can comfortably explore.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs Kia Sorento: Which One Wins?

If you’re looking for an SUV that provides excellent space and gas mileage, then the Hyundai Santa Fe has caught the Kia Sorento beat. If you have a large family or carry around a lot of gear, the extra interior space you get with the Hyundai Santa Fe makes a huge difference.

Additionally, with the larger fuel tank capacity, the Hyundai Santa Fe is an excellent choice for those who want to maximize their gas mileage.

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Test Drive the Hyundai Santa Fe Today!

Ready to get behind the wheel? Drivers near Dublin, Powell, and Columbus, OH, can stop by Dennis Hyundai of Dublin today to test drive the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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1 2021 SANTA FE SE/SEL: FWD 25 City/28 Hwy/26 Combined MPG, AWD 22 City/25 Hwy/24 Combined MPG. Limited/Calligraphy/Calligraphy 2.5T AWD with 19-inch wheels: FWD 22 City/28 Hwy/25 Combined MPG, AWD 21 City/28 Hwy/24 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle’s condition.


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