2022 Kia Sorento vs. 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Head-To-Head Comparison

2022 KIA Sorento vs 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

If you are trying to choose a new SUV with comfort, versatility, and AWD for your family's excursions, you are probably trying to compare the Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai Santa Fe differences.

To help you choose the ideal vehicle and trim for your garage, we've put together a model overview and comparison that will have you calling our dealership to schedule a test drive in one of our new Hyundai SUVs for sale.

Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai Santa Fe Performance

Under the hood of the new 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that puts out 191 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque as the 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® delivers a smooth ride. FWD is standard on this model, but the HTRAC All Wheel Drive (HTRAC AWD) is optional if you're looking for increased handling and traction in the wet.

If you opt for the FWD Hyundai Santa Fe, you can anticipate your fuel consumption to be an EPA-estimated 25/28/26 mpg1 (City/Highway/Combined). Climb into the HTRAC AWD and enjoy an EPA-estimated 22/25/24 mpg1 (City/Highway/Combined).

The Kia Sorento is also motivated by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that sends 191 horsepower through an 8-speed automatic transmission. If a Sorento has caught your eye, we carry a selection of used Kia SUVs for sale. We invite you to visit our dealership for an in-person SUV comparison.

After you make your purchase, the best way to get the most longevity out of your vehicle is with routine maintenance and regular oil changes performed by the trained technicians in our certified Hyundai service department and oil change center.

Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai Santa Fe Safety and Reliability

When it comes to keeping you and your passengers safe, the list of standard safety features on this new 5-passenger family SUV is long. When you drive home in a new Hyundai Santa Fe SE, you can expect a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire indicator, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Hillstart Assist Control.

Step up to the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited, and gain additional features, such as a Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Parking Distance Warning (Forward and Reverse), Remote Smart Parking Assist, Highway Driving Assist.

The Kia Sorento is equipped with the Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology suite of safety features, but the TPMS does not feature an individual tire indicator.

Kia Sorento Hybrid vs. Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

Now that you've seen how the Hyundai Santa Fe outperforms its chief rival from Kia, let's see how their hybrid counterparts stack up. Will the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid offers more than the Kia Sorento Hybrid in the same areas, or will there be new categories where this hybrid family SUV excels?

The Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid provides a combined 226 horsepower and comes standard with HTRAC AWD to produce an EPA-estimated 36/31/34 mpg3 (City/Highway/Combined). This new hybrid SUV arrives in three trim styles to compare: Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Blue, Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid SEL Premium, and Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Limited. Each model comes standard with HTRAC all-wheel-drive and offers a suite of key features.

The new Kia Sorento only offers two trim models to choose from and does not come standard with AWD, but the powertrain provides comparable horsepower and fuel economy.

The base model Hyundai Santa Fe Blue comes standard with a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster, and a hands-free smart liftgate with auto open and blind-spot collision avoidance assist. You have to upgrade to the Kia Sorento Hybrid EX if you want to have a smart power liftgate on your ride.

Kia Sorento LX

2022 Kia Sorento LX

Engine: 191-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine
0-60: 9.9 seconds
Combined MPG: 26
Seats: 5
Length: 189.0"
Width: 74.8"
Total Passenger Room: 143.8 cu. ft.
Fuel Tank Size: 17.7 gal
Interior Benefits:
  • Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Auto Emergency Braking
  • Lane Departure Warning Accident Avoidance System
  • Remote Keyless Power Door Locks
Hyundai Santa Fe SE

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Engine: 191.0-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine
0-60: 9.1 seconds
Combined MPG: 24
Seats: 5
Length: 188.4"
Width: 74.8"
Total Passenger Room: 111.5 cu. ft.
Fuel Tank Size: 18.8 gal
Interior Benefits:
  • Stain-resistant cloth upholstery
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
  • Four USB ports
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which has more cargo space: Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe?

The new 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe has more cargo space than the Kia Sorento behind the back row. The Hyundai Santa Fe offers 147.9 cubic feet of total interior volume, 72.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind the first row, and 36.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row. The Kia Sorento only provides 12.6 cubic feet of trunk area behind the last row.

Which is more reliable: Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe?

Provided that the vehicle is well-maintained, the service schedule is followed, and oil changes are performed at the proper intervals, a typical Hyundai Santa Fe SUV will last between 200,000-250,000 miles. If you drive an average of 15,000 miles every year, that equates to 13-17 years of dependable service. The typical Kia Sorento will last up to 200,000 miles when properly maintained.

What's the price difference between the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe?

While pricing varies on many factors, a base model Hyundai Santa Fe SE is typically in the range of $2,000 less than a comparably equipped Kia Sorento LX. If you are looking for lease deals on new Hyundai SUVs, you can get pre-qualified for low-APR auto loans when you apply for Hyundai financing through our dealership.

Which should I buy: Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento?

If you're trying to decide between the Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento SUVs and you want a vehicle that will last longer, cost lost, and give you plenty of cargo space and passenger room while doing so, we recommend the Hyundai Santa Fe. But in case you think we're biased, we invite you to visit our dealership to meet the new Hyundai Santa Fe in person.


1All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

2Towing capability varies by configuration. See the towing guide in the Owner’s Manual for proper use and additional information.

32022 SANTA FE Hybrid Blue: HTRAC AWD 36 City/31 Hwy/34 Combined MPG. SEL Premium/Limited: HTRAC AWD 33 City/30 Hwy/32 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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