Kia has become a viable choice in the auto industry. They have created a line of affordable cars that are equipped with many of the extras people enjoy having in a vehicle. While all of that sounds great, you might be curious if Kia can stand up to the competition—especially in the SUV market. We’ve put the 2014 Kia Sorento up against the 2014 Chevy Equinox—and although we think there’s a clear winner, we’ll let you decide for yourself.
The Kia Sorento bursts onto the scene and makes its mark as one of the top ten SUVs under $25,000 according to Kelly Blue Book. With a spacious interior, the Sorento makes it possible to haul plenty of cargo, or up to seven people with available third row seating. Loaded with safety features, even the pickiest of parents will feel good about driving the Sorento, but for those who are more concerned with style, the new aesthetic will please as well.
Chevy has been around as long as most of us can remember. Always a solid competitor, the Equinox is a popular choice in SUVs. With a thoughtful design and a comfortable interior, Chevy also has its strong points. So what happens when we put these two vehicles side-by-side?
The 2014 Kia Sorento already has one big advantage over the Equinox—seven passengers versus five. Also, while the Equinox enters the market around $26,000, the Kia Sorento starts around $24,000. The Kia Sorento offers four models—the LX, EX, SX, and Limited. The Chevy Equinox has the LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The Sorento gets around 20 City/26 Highway MPG compared to Chevy’s 22 City/32 MPG. The other big boast the Sorento possesses is the warranty. The 2014 Kia Sorento is covered with a bumper-to-bumper limited warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles while the Equinox offers 3 years/36,000 miles.
As the overall technology and innovations improve in the auto industry, so do the available features, safety, and convenience. Both Chevy and Kia have plenty of options when it comes to their vehicles. However, we think there are a few places Kia stands out. The Kia Sorento has a panoramic sunroof/moonroof option, pushbutton start on the three upper models, more interior space, and an under-rear-floor storage compartment.
Both vehicles have incredible safety features, perks, and options such as a rearview camera, navigation system with touchscreen display, power seats, doors, and windows, heated seats, leather, ventilated seats, vehicle safety alert systems, and more.
On the Sorento you can also expect a heated steering wheel on the Limited model, Infinity sound system as well as UVO, EcoMinder Fuel Efficiency Indicator, FlexSteer Driver, and an incredible amount of standard available features on even the most basic model.
We’re not saying that the Chevy Equinox isn’t a great vehicle, it’s just that the 2014 Kia Sorento can give SUV drivers everything they want and more for a great price, and since safety is so important to them, there is no such thing as a safety package—you can expect every safety feature available to come standard on every model.
Don’t take our word for it, though, head to your nearest Kia dealer to check out and drive the 2014 Kia Sorento yourself. We think you’ll end up agreeing with us.