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Kia Sorento vs. Buick Enclave

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Sorento

$442
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Buick Enclave

$703
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Kia Sorento Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $442 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Sorento.
3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Buick Enclave Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 24th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $703 which means it has average ownership costs. Both the frequency and severity of repairs is higher than normal, so the Enclave is more likely to require major repairs when compared to other cars.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$442
inexpensive
expensive
$703
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.32
not often
very often
0.56
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
13%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(1)
4
(36)
3
(30)
2
(20)
1
(10)
The Kia Sorento ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in electrical.
“2012 KIA SORENTO ENGINE FAILURE RECALL NOT FIXED BY KIA STILL WITHOUT MY SORENTO MONTHS LATER”
“2012 KIA SORENTO ENGINE FAILURE RECALL NOT FIXED BY KIA STILL WITHOUT MY SORENTO MONTHS LATER”
5
(4)
4
(8)
3
(6)
2
(2)
1
(0)
The Buick Enclave ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in drive train.
“Got the vehicle used. Have not had that many problems with it. Runs like a top. Have taken it on trips from Florida ( South Florida) to New Jersey and three trips to North Carolina. Love the vehicl...”
“Got the vehicle used. Have not had that many problems with it. Runs like a top. Have taken it on ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

Kia Sorento and the Buick Enclave are both three-row midsize SUVs. They both come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. While the Sorento is a popular-priced SUV, the Enclave is considered a luxury SUV. 

The Kia Sorento comes with a standard engine that has 185 horsepower, and an optional engine with 290 horsepower. The Buick Enclave has a single engine, with 310 horsepower. Score one for the Enclave.

The Kia Sorento also trails the Buick Enclave in terms of cargo space. The Sorento provides 73 cubic feet of space with the second- and third-row seats folded. The Enclave has quite a bit more, with 97.6 cubic feet behind the front seats. That’s another one for the Enclave.

The mass-market Sorento does not have as much standard equipment as the luxury-class Enclave, but that’s also reflected in the large difference in their pricing. The higher-priced Enclave offers a power moonroof and power seats standard. These are available in higher trim levels of the lower-priced Sorento, which are priced closer to the Enclave’s starting price. 

Another area of difference: The Sorento earns a higher RepairPal reliability rating and carries a lower average annual cost of repairs than the Enclave. It's something to keep in mind.

This comparison is a matter of power, space, luxury and price. If you’re on a tight budget and are fine with the Sorento’s space and equipment, choose it and pocket the difference. But if you want more cargo room, engine output and luxury, then the Enclave should satisfy you.

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