Usually one of the hardest purchase decisions in a person’s life will be a vehicle. There are hundreds of different options at any given time, and there are many factors to consider such as looks, safety, size, and gas mileage. If you are looking for something in the mid-size SUV range, there are two vehicles to keep in mind during your car search – the Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe. Two vehicles very similar to each other but with notable differences.
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai has been rising the ranks in reliability for many years now. When the Santa Fe hit the auto market in 2001 it was not remarkable for a mid-sized SUV. The 2014 differs incredibly from the first debut. The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe offers an upgraded towing capacity with a decently sized engine. It has a 3.3 liter V6 cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC that allows drivers to change gears on demand, and plenty of horsepower under the hood to tow almost anything.
As far as safety features go, the Santa Fe offers 4-wheel ABS system with front, rear, and even third-row head airbags. It has plenty of seat anchors for child seat safety and has stability and traction control.
2014 Kia Sorento
In comparison, the Kia Sorento first debuted their mid-sized SUV in 2002, but it had already been perfected in the fine lines and aerodynamics found in Europe. Its entrance into the American car market struck many car buyers with envy. While American mid-sized SUV’s were more expensive and had poor fuel economy, the Kia Sorento offered an incredibly low price and a great fuel economy.
This brings us to the 2014 Kia Sorento that still has all of the great standard and optional features. It has a very similar engine to that of the Hyundai Santa Fe with the V6 6-speed automatic transmission that can also be manually shifted. It has a 191 horsepower engine, but it does not have all of the power that the Hyundai Santa Fe has to offer.
What it lacks in power it more than makes up for in fuel economy and room. With an estimated 26 miles per gallon, the little 2014 Kia Sorento can take you and your entire family anywhere you want to go, and still have enough gas for the return. If you choose the upgraded Sport version, you still have great fuel economy, but you also gain far more power at your fingertips to use when you need it.
The Kia Sorento features industry-wide safety features such as anti-lock brakes, airbags located in the front, side, and rear seating areas, as well as, stability control, and an electronic breaking mechanism. The best part? The Kia Sorento a lot cheaper than the Hyundai Santa Fe.
When it comes to shopping for a new vehicle, you do have to keep many factors and features in mind. Do you want Bluetooth enabled? Do you want pre-installed SiriusXM? Do you want options between the standard model and the Sport model? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Kia Sorento would definitely be the choice for you. If you find yourself looking to shop around for a new 2014 Kia Sorento, head on down to the Kia dealership in Burlington to give one a test drive. We promise you will not be disappointed.