For more than a decade, the Kia Sorento has been a great place to go if you want three rows of seats without a lot of bulk or a high price. This mid-size crossover is newly redesigned this year with crisper styling, sharper handling, more room, and better fuel economy, including from a new gas-electric hybrid version.
Even if you don’t need a third-row seat, the new 2021 Sorento is an appealing option in its class. But if you’re open to five-seaters, it faces a wider range of competitors. And the closest one is the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe. Also updated this year, the Santa Fe shares its underlying mechanical components with the Sorento — including a new hybrid variant of its own — but puts its own stamp on the vehicle’s styling, interior, and model lineup. We tested both vehicles so that we can compare them across eight categories and choose an overall winner. If you aren’t already sure you want a third-row seat, keep reading to see which of these two corporate cousins might be the best choice for you.