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CR-V vs Sorento: Which SUV Is Best for You?

2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Kia Sorento / Credit: Kia

The Honda CR-V and Kia Sorento are both top-selling SUVs. The CR-V is a compact SUV with two rows of seats, while the Sorento is a midsize SUV with three rows.

They last received full redesigns for the 2017 and 2016 model years, respectively. Kia refreshed the Sorento with updated styling and new advanced safety features in 2019. We’ll be focusing on models from these most recent generations.

Whether you choose a new or used Honda CR-V or Kia Sorento, you’ll have a smartly styled SUV that offers a full range of features.

Here’s how they stack up:


The Kia Sorento has a higher sticker price than the Honda CR-V, but our data shows that the average transaction price of the Sorento (what people actually end up paying) is less.

Model Year Honda CR-V Kia Sorento
2019 $26,679 $22,347
2018 $25,544 $20,998
2017 $23,793 $19,073
2016 $19,006 $17,657

Source: Carfax data

2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Honda CR-V / Credit: Honda

Exterior Design

The Honda CR-V delivers a bit more exterior flair, overall, while the Kia Sorento is more conservative. The Sorento is nearly 9 inches longer than the CR-V and is slightly taller and wider. Both SUVs come with standard alloy wheels.

Interior Design and Features

The Honda CR-V’s cabin is nicely styled. The dashboard is sculpted with broad, horizontal strokes. There’s a display at the center of the dash for the vehicle’s infotainment system, along with analog controls for the audio and climate systems. The shift lever is mounted at the bottom of the dash, instead of on the center console.

The Kia Sorento’s cabin is well-finished, with an LCD display at the center of the dashboard with traditional buttons and knobs for the audio and climate systems.

Standard in the CR-V Only

  • Automatic climate control (it’s optional in the Sorento)

Available in Both SUVs

  • Moonroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power driver’s seat (12-way in CR-V, 10-way in Sorento)
  • Power passenger’s seat (4-way in CR-V, 8-way in Sorento)
  • Power liftgate

Available in the Sorento Only

  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
2019 Kia Sorento Interior

2019 Kia Sorento / Credit: Kia

Tech Features

The Kia Sorento offers more tech features than the Honda CR-V does.

Standard in Both SUVs

  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Infotainment screen (5-inch in CR-V, 7-inch touch screen in Sorento)

Standard in the Sorento Only

  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto (optional in the CR-V)
  • Third-row seat (optional before 2019)

Available in Both SUVs

  • Proximity-sensing keyless entry and push-button start

Available in the Sorento Only

  • 8-inch touch screen
  • 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Wireless phone charger

Cargo Space

Though the Kia Sorento is 9 inches longer than the Honda CR-V, it has slightly less cargo space.

Honda CR-V Kia Sorento
Behind First Row 75.8 cu ft 73 cu ft
Behind Second Row 39.2 38
Behind Third Row N/A 11.3

2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Kia Sorento / Credit: Kia


The Honda CR-V has two engine options:

  • 184 horsepower four-cylinder (standard)
  • 190 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder (optional)

For 2019, Kia Sorento is available with just two engines, though there was a third option available from the 2016 through 2018 model years.

  • 185 horsepower four-cylinder (standard)
  • 290 horsepower V6 (optional)
  • 240 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder (optional 2016-18)

The Honda CR-V has a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which feels less responsive than the Sorento’s conventional automatic transmission.

The Sorento delivers a smooth ride, but it’s less lively through curves than the CR-V, due in part to its larger size and weight.

On both SUVs, front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

Fuel Economy

The Kia Sorento is less fuel efficient than the Honda CR-V, but to to get the best fuel economy. you’ll have to pay extra for a turbocharged CR-V.

Honda CR-V Kia Sorento
4-cyl FWD 28 25
4-cyl AWD 27 23
4-cyl Turbo FWD 30 23
4-cyl Turbo AWD 29 22
V6 FWD N/A 22
V6 AWD N/A 21

EPA-estimated combined fuel economy

Honda CR-V Pedestrian Detection Testing

Honda CR-V Pedestrian Detection Testing / Credit: IIHS

Safety Features

Standard in Both SUVs

  • Rearview camera

Available in Both SUVs

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection (shown above)
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring

Available Only in the Sorento

  • Front parking sensors
  • 360-degree parking camera

NHTSA Safety Tests

The CR-V and Sorento have similar scores in NHTSA’s battery of crash and safety tests.

Honda CR-V Kia Sorento
Overall 5 star 5 star
Front Driver 5 star 5 star
Front Passenger 4 star 5 star
Side 5 star 5 star
Rollover 4 star 4 star

2019 Honda CR-V Interior

2019 Honda CR-V / Credit: Honda

IIHS Safety Tests

The CR-V and Sorento also have similar scores in the IIHS’ battery of crash and safety tests.

Honda CR-V Kia Sorento
Small Overlap Driver Good Good
Small Overlap Passenger Good Good
Moderate Overlap Front Good Good
Side Good Good
Roof Strength Good Good
Head Restraints and Seats Good Good
Front Crash Prevention Superior Superior
Headlights Acceptable Good

Safety scores should only be compared among vehicles of similar size and weight. The laws of physics dictate that larger, heavier vehicles generally offer greater occupant protection than smaller and lighter models. The Sorento is larger and several hundred pounds heavier than the CR-V. The Sorento gets a slight edge in this regard.


Honda CR-V Kia Sorento
Bumper-to-Bumper 3 years / 36,000 miles 5 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain 5 years / 60,000 miles 10 years / 100,000 miles

2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Kia Sorento / Credit: Kia

The Verdict

Both the Honda CR-V and the Kia Sorento perform well and treat their occupants to comfortable and cabins with plenty of cargo space. They’re also priced similarly.

Power with the four-cylinder engines is comparable between the two models, but the Sorento stands out with its energetic V6 option. Its fuel economy suffers in comparison, however.

The bigger Sorento has slightly better safety scores and more available safety features. It also has a much longer warranty. Those two practical considerations might be enough to tip the scales in the Kia’s favor.

Which is best for you will also have a lot to do with your specific needs with regard to seating. The Sorento can accommodate seven. If you need the extra seats, going with the Sorento is a sound decision.

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