2021 Kia Sportage vs. 2021 Kia Sorento

2021 Kia Sportags vs. 2021 Kia Sorento
2021 Kia Sportage


2021 Kia Sorento
$24,090 MSRP

Starting Price

$29,390 MSRP

Max. Seating Capacity

2.4L I-4

Base Engine

2.5L I-4
60.1 cubic feet

Max. Caro Volume

75.5 cubic feet
23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

24 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

The 2021 Kia Sportage and the 2021 Kia Sorento are two of Bloomington’s premier SUVs. Both offer several advantages over competitors in their respective segments, but how do they compare to each other? Luther Kia of Bloomington has the answers below! Read on to find out, or contact us anytime with additional questions.

Kia Sportage vs. Sorento: Dimensions and Capacities

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: the Kia Sportage is a compact SUV. The Kia Sorento is a midsize SUV. As such, these two SUVs do differ considerably with regard to interior space. That’s true for everything from passenger space and comfort metrics to cargo space:

2021 Kia Sportage Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume — 129.3 cubic feet
  • Max Cargo Volume — 60.1 cubic feet
  • Front Legroom — 41.5 inches
  • Row 2 Legroom — 38.2 inches
  • Total Interior Volume — 129.3 cubic feet

2021 Kia Sorento Dimensions

  • Passenger volume — 121.3 cubic feet
  • Max Cargo Volume — 75.5 cubic feet
  • Cargo volume behind 3rd row — 12.6 cubic feet
  • Cargo volume behind 2nd row — 45 cubic feet
  • Legroom (1st/2nd/3rd) — 41.4 / 41.7 / 29.6 inches

What’s the Verdict?: If you require a third-row of seating or more space for frequent Golden Valley and Eagan carpools, the Sorento is likely the better pick. That said, if you can deal with a little less space and want a still-roomy small SUV with ample features, the more-affordable Sportage interior might be right for you!

Kia Sportage vs. Sorento: Performance

You won’t find too much difference between the two base engines in the Kia Sorento vs. Kia Sportage — the Sorento engine offers about ten more horsepower — but there are upgraded engines available in both SUVs:

Kia Sportage: Base Engine Performance

  • 2.4-Liter Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
  • 181 hp / 175 lb-ft of torque
  • 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway
  • Pair with FWD or AWD

Kia Sportage: Upgraded Engine Performance

  • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
  • 240 hp / 260 lb-ft of torque
  • 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
  • Pair with FWD or AWD

Kia Sorento: Base Engine Performance

  • 2.5-Liter Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
  • 191 hp / 181 lb-ft of torque
  • 24 mpg city, 29 mpg highway
  • Pair with FWD or AWD

Kia Sorento: Upgraded Engine Performance

  • 2.5-Liter Turbocharged Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
  • 281 hp / 311 lb-ft of torque
  • 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway
  • Pair with FWD or AWD


Is the Kia Sportage or Sorento Better for Towing? The 2021 Kia Sorento can tow up to 3,500 pounds with AWD. The 2021 Kia Sportage towing capacity, by contrast, is 2,000 pounds.

What’s the Verdict?: If you’re looking for maximum power output, the Kia Sorento with the available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is likely best for you! Otherwise, if it’s fantastic fuel economy you’re after, the base Sportage engine offers the best specs for you. Anything in-between is fair game for either SUV!

Kia Sportage vs. Sorento: Driver Assistance Features

  • Both the entry-level Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento trims offer Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, and a Driver Attention Monitor.
  • For 2021, the Kia Sportage offers Blind Spot Collision Warning as a standard feature in the base trim. Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist is also standard, starting in the Sorento S trim.

What’s the Verdict?: For the best blend of safety features and value, the Kia Sportage is worth checking out. But for the best-equipped SUV with all the features you desire, the Sorento is likely a better option — especially if you have a family.

Compare the Kia Sorento vs. Kia Sportage in Bloomington!

Congratulations for making it this far! If you’re now ready to experience the Kia Sorento vs. Kia Sportage from the best place possible — that is, behind-the-wheel — we invite you to our new & used Kia dealership, conveniently located near Golden Valley and Eagan for a test-drive of both Kia SUVs. Meanwhile, use our handy online payment calculator to see just how much a Sportage vs. Sorento will cost you monthly.

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