CARS.COM — Just a year ago, the Kia Sorento might have been out of place in a comparison with the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe. The outgoing Sorento was on the smaller side, but for 2016, the Sorento is more of a Santa Fe rival; its optional third row and longer wheelbase opens up more passenger and cargo room.
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Both cars are corporate cousins sharing some components and architecture. The Sorento has upped its game in quality and refinement, and that’s reflected in the sky-high as-tested price of our test car. Both the Santa Fe and Sorento we tested were fully loaded. The Santa Fe checked in at $41,695, including a destination fee, for a Limited model with all-wheel drive, while the Sorento SXL with all-wheel drive tallied a massive $46,695, including a destination fee.
Cars.com editors Joe Bruzek and David Thomas spent a day driving the Sorento and Santa Fe head-to-head to determine if one could significantly edge out the other. Here’s how it shook out: