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Kia Sorento vs. Kia Sportage

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Sorento

$442
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Kia Sportage

$450
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.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Kia Sportage Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 4th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $450 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Sportage.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$442
inexpensive
expensive
$450
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.32
not often
very often
0.22
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
10%
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
(3)
4
(21)
3
(8)
2
(7)
1
(0)
The Kia Sportage ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.
“. wowo so the car fell apart at not even 40000miles had to get thw ehile engine done and air conditioned compressor had to get a new one at not even 60000 miles . i go no where with this car please...”
“. wowo so the car fell apart at not even 40000miles had to get thw ehile engine done and air cond...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Sorento and the Kia Sportage are two different sizes of SUVs. The Sorento is a midsize, three-row SUV, and the Sportage is a compact, two-row SUV. The choice between these comes down to how much car you need, and how much you want to pay for it. Bigger may be better, but it usually costs more.

There are some similarities between these two Kias. Both come with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The Sorento’s standard engine has 185 horsepower, while the Sportage’s has 181. But there are also some major differences.

The Sorento offers an optional engine with 290 horsepower, but the optional engine in the Sportage has just 240 horsepower. This is not a deal-breaker, though, because the Sportage is a smaller vehicle.

The difference in cargo space between the Kia Sorento and the Kia Sportage is a major one. The Sorento gives you 73 cubic feet of space when the second and third rows folded. The Sportage has 60.1 cubic feet behind its front row, because it’s a smaller vehicle than the Sorento. No surprise there. 

If you need a larger SUV with room for up to seven, the Sorento is a good choice. If a smaller SUV will fit your needs, go with the Sportage.

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