Okay, so it's time to hit the road in Nicholasville, Frankfort, or Lexington, Kentucky. Are you going to do it behind the wheel of the2021 Kia Sorentoor the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe? Both models are great picks for local drivers like you, but it's important to make sure you choose the one that's the better fit for your particular lifestyle. So, how do you know which one that will be?

The team of experts here at Car Town Kia can help you decide. We've compared certain aspects of the 2021 Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe so you can see how they measure up against each other in a few key areas. Check out the following comparison to find out which one will be the right set of wheels for you, then give us a call to schedule a test drive of the one that stands out most to you.

2021 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe Powertrain Specs

We'll start our comparison of the 2021 Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe by looking at their powertrain specs. In this area, they appear almost identical. Both models come equipped with a standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. They also each have an available 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that puts out even more power and similar amounts of it, too.

2021 Kia Sorento

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe


281 HP

281 HP

Additionally, both models pair this powertrain with an 8-speed dual clutch transmission. They also have available all-wheel drive that can help you power through any terrain, including dirt roads and rain-soaked pavement, while providing optimal traction control all the way.

Comparing Safety Characteristics

Both rides come packed with a wide selection of advanced safety attributes. For example, they each supply the standard Driver Attention Warning. This feature comes in handy during longer drives or when you're on the road later than you'd anticipated. When it senses your driving behavior suggests you might be distracted or drowsy, it makes you aware of the situation. Then, you can decide whether it might be a good idea to pull over to take a break and get some rest.

The 2021 Kia Sorento and the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe are also available with Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist. This feature is sure to come in handy when you're attempting to merge or change lanes since it alerts you if another motorist is occupying one of your blind spot zones. The Kia Sorento takes this already reassuring safety feature a step further, though, by pairing it with Parallel Exit Assist. This added aspect makes you aware of any parallel traffic while you're pulling out of a parking spot. This additional safety feature is not available in the Santa Fe.

The Interior of the Sorento vs the Santa Fe

Let's start off by saying this: No matter which set of wheels you end up choosing, you'll be treated to a comfortable interior every time you take the wheel. For one, both models supply available heated seats that can warm you up on a cool winter night as well as on those mornings when you're getting an earlier start to the day. Both models also have an available 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto to integrate your smartphone. However, while Apple Carplay® and Android Auto come standard in the Sorento, you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level in the Santa Fe for them.

It's also important to note their interiors have some key differences, too. Take a look at the table below to see what we mean:

2021 Kia Sorento


2021 Hyundai Santa Fe


Rows of Seats


3 rows

2 rows


Cargo Volume behind 2nd Row


45 cubic feet


36.4 cubic feet


Max Cargo Volume


75.5 cubic feet


72.1 cubic feet

As a 2-row daily driver, the Hyundai Santa Fe only has enough room for a maximum of five passengers, including the driver. So, if you have a growing family or you frequently drive when you're out with friends, you may not be able to seat as many people as you'd like. The Kia Sorento, on the other hand, has three spacious rows of seating for you, your family, and your friends. As a result, you can bring more people along for the ride.

The 2021 Sorento also has noticeably more cargo space. Behind the second row, you'll have an additional 8.6 cubic feet and an extra 3.4 cubic feet of total cargo volume over the Hyundai Santa Fe. That's the difference of roughly two suitcases.

2021 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe: Which Will You Drive?

If you have any questions pertaining to this 2021 Kia Sorento vs. 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe comparison, don't hesitate to give us a call, send us an email, or pay us a visit. A member of our team will be happy to get those questions answered for you right away.

Now that you've seen how the 2021 Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe compare to each other, which one are you going to use to make your way around those Kentucky roadways? If you like what the Kia SUV can offer your drives through Nicholasville, Lexington, and Frankfort, visit or reach out to the team at Car Town Kia to take your seat behind the wheel.

Contact usto test drive the 2021 Kia Sorento today! We're looking forward to working with you.

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