2019 Kia Sportage vs Sorento

2019 Kia Sportage vs Sorento

If you’re a driver in the D’Iberville area looking for a new SUV, you may be trying to decide between the 2019 Kia Sportage and 2019 Kia Sorento. While both are well suited to the Gulfport and Hattiesburg area roadways, they do offer subtle differences that make them better suited for specific drivers.

To help you decide which is right for you, the team at Pat Peck Kia compared the 2019 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Kia Sorento.

2019 Sportage vs Sorento: Engine Power and Efficiency

When we compare the engines of these SUVs, we get a sense that the Sportage is a great pick for everyday driving, while the Sorento offers a bit more utility. This is clear in the available power output and fuel efficiency.

If we look at just the highest-output engines of both vehicles, we find slight differences in power:

Model Engine Horsepower Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
Kia Sportage 2.0L I-4 Turbo 240 21 city / 26 highway1
Kia Sorento 3.3L V6 290 19 city / 26 highway1


With the higher output, the Sorento is also able to tow more, reaching a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds compared to 2,000 pounds from the Sportage.

With its improved city fuel economy, the Sportage is our pick for anyone who commutes into the city, while the Sorento is a good option for towing jet skis to the gulf.

Driving Dynamics in the Kia Sportage vs Sorento

2019 Kia Sportage vs SorentoIf you need your SUV to offer traction control when taking a tight corner or traveling along muddy or gravel roadways, you’ll like that both the Sportage and Sorento offer a smart all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

The Dynamax™ full active AWD system monitors your driving conditions and automatically redistributes torque among your front and rear wheels as necessary to help you get a grip. One difference here is that the Sportage makes this system available on the base level trim, while the Sorento requires an upgrade.

The Sportage also comes standard with a Drive Mode Select system that lets you choose among Normal, Eco, and Sport modes to customize your driving. The Sport mode paired with AWD and a turbocharged engine makes this SUV a sportier ride than the Sorento and may offer smoother cornering capabilities.

Sportage and Sorento: Seating and Dimensions

2019 Kia Sportage vs SorentoWhile the Sportage may give you a more dynamic driving experience, the Sorento continues its focus on utility by generally providing more interior space. In fact, you can fit a total of 73 cubic feet of cargo in the Sorento compared to 60.1 cubic feet in the Sportage.

Both SUVs can fit five passengers, as well. At this capacity, the Sportage offers 30.7 cubic feet of trunk space while the Sorento has 38 cubic feet. However, it doesn’t just stop there. The Sorento lets you bring along even more passengers, extending the cabin to seat seven, while the Sportage stops at five.

Although the Sorento offers a size advantage when packing up for a vacation, the more compact Sportage may be better suited to city driving. Despite their size differences, both SUVs offer drivers approximately 39 inches of headroom and 40+ inches of legroom.

Still can’t decide between these two models? Check out our Kia Sportage Review and Kia Sorento Reviews to get a more in-depth look at each model!

2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Kia Sorento: Which Will You Pick?

If you need help comparing the 2019 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Kia Sorento, come to Pat Peck Kia near D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg. We can help you choose the right SUV for you, so contact us to get started with a test drive today!


1EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.


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