2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs Kia Sorento

Drivers around Bloomfield, Paramus, and Newark who are looking for a smart and capable SUV may be drawn to popular models like the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento. At Lynnes Hyundai, we love both vehicles, but we also know that you can only choose one.

To help you decide which is going to be the best fit for you, we put together this Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai Santa Fe comparison. Check it out and then contact us to take your favorite for a test drive.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs Kia Sorento Engine Specs

Power, versatility, and capability are all words we'd use to describe the under-hood specs of the Santa Fe and Sorento.

Power and Towing

Both SUVs come standard with a highly powerful 2.4L I4 engine that generates 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque.

This powertrain gives them the capability to tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

If you have even more to tow, both the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe can reach a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds with an engine upgrade.


They also come standard with a lightweight front-wheel drive system that maximizes on fuel economy. However, many local drivers prefer to equip their SUV with the available smart all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

The AWD system in both the Santa Fe and Sorento actively monitors your driving conditions and automatically adjusts torque distribution as necessary to help improve traction control. This is especially helpful when driving during inclement weather.

You can further optimize your performance with the available drive mode system in either SUV. This includes modes for normal driving conditions, efficiency, and sportiness.


However, when it comes to optimized handling and performance, the standard 8-speed automatic transmission gives the Hyundai Santa Fe a slight edge. This transmission features closely spaced shift points to help you keep your performance elevated while the extra upper gears keep your efficiency high.

The Sorento comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission and requires a trim level and engine upgrade to get the available 8-speed automatic.

Smart Safety Features: Sorento vs Santa Fe

To help you have more confidence with every drive, both the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento offer a full range of driver-assist features designed to help keep you safe on the road. Features you'll find in both SUVs include:

  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane keeping
  • Automatic high beams

The Sorento and Santa Fe also both have the Driver Attention Warning (DAW)-it is standard on the Santa Fe and available on the Sorento. This feature issues an alert if it detects behaviors that indicate drowsy or distracted driving and recommends taking a break from behind the wheel.

They each have a smart cruise control feature, too. It automatically adjusts your cruise control speed to go with the flow of traffic. This includes stop-and-go situations.

One feature the Hyundai Santa Fe offers that you won't find in the Sorento is Safe Exit Assist (SEA).

SEA is an innovative system that helps you safely exit your vehicle after parallel parking on a busy street. If a vehicle is approaching from behind, this system will automatically lock the rear doors to prevent passengers from exiting. If the door's already open, this feature will issue an alert to notify that traffic is approaching.

The Sorento, unfortunately, doesn't offer a comparable feature.

Will You Drive the Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento?

We hope our Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Kia Sorento comparison was able to help you decide which is the right model for your drives through Bloomfield, Paramus, and Newark. At Lynnes Hyundai, we found a lot to like about what the Santa Fe can offer drivers like you in terms of engine efficiency and smart safety features.

To try it out for yourself, contact us to schedule your test drive of the Hyundai Santa Fe today!

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