2017 Kia Sorento vs Honda CR-V

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Mid-size crossovers, like the 2017 Kia Sorento and Honda CR-V, appeal to adventure-loving buyers with busy lives. They’ve got the space you need while also providing athletic capabilities with features like all-wheel drive. Read our comparison guide to learn more about how the Sorento and the CR-V stack up.

2017 Kia Sorento vs Honda CR-V

Power & Performance

We picked the CR-V for power. This mid-size crossover supplies that just-right balance of energetic acceleration and thrifty fuel economy, earning up to 28 city/34 highway mpg. In this segment, that combination is as good as gold. You won’t overspend on gas, but you still enjoy quick, smooth acceleration into fast-moving highway traffic.

When you jump behind the wheel of a Sorento, the first thing you’ll notice is its smooth, sophisticated ride. Whether you’re freewheeling up a coastal highway or taking on tight corners, the Sorento’s sharp steering and responsive handling will remind you of a luxury model. The Sorento can’t quite match the CR-V in terms of fuel economy, but it will earn up to 21/28 mpg, depending on powertrain configuration.

Passenger Comfort

Inside, the Sorento’s richly textured surfaces and soft, supportive seating make it a segment standout. The cabin owes its premium look and feel to its high-quality materials and ergonomic dash design. You’ll find climate controls and infotainment options within easy reach of the driver seat. And, even after hours on the road, you’ll never be short on comfort, thanks to the Sorento’s generous passenger space. Choose between five and seven passenger models for the family road-trip accommodations you require.

It’s hard to find fault with the Honda CR-V cabin. The ride is supremely smooth and quiet, making for an intimate road-trip experience. Although the CR-V doesn’t feel quite as upscale as the Sorento, it offers comfortable seating for up to five passengers. When it comes to maximum cargo space, the CR-V surpasses the Sorento by a few cubic feet, offering 75.8 cubes with the seats folded down. That’s great space for your garage-sale impulse buys and gardening supplies.

Tech Gear

In this modern world, it’s hard to resist the temptation to look away from traffic – and down at your smartphone. The Sorento curtails this dangerous activity, with infotainment options that keep you connected, hands-free. The Uvo infotainment system is easy to use, with a crisp, color touchscreen and intuitive voice controls. The system even includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology, which displays smartphone apps like Maps and Messages on your touchscreen, minimizing distractions.

The Honda CR-V also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it easy to stay connected. You can make calls or use your phone’s Maps feature right from the CR-V’s 7-inch touchscreen. There’s just one catch – the HondaLink infotainment system is somewhat glitchy. You may be frustrated when it fails to respond to your touch.


The 2017 Kia Sorento earns top marks for safety, including a perfect five-star rating in government crash tests. High-tech driver aids, like rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning, give you a heads-up when they sense immediate danger. Almost all models come with a rearview camera, so you can detect any pedestrians in your path before you back out.

The Honda CR-V also earned top marks in government crash tests. And, like the Kia Sorento, the CR-V offers all-wheel drive, supplying you with extra traction – and therefore better control – on wet or icy roads. However, the driver aids in the CR-V can be a little too quick to react, alerting you to danger where there is none.

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Both of these mid-size crossovers combine sporty performance with impressive fuel economy, but the 2017 Kia Sorento wins our vote. Comfortable and roomy accommodations for up to seven passengers and modern infotainment features will keep you entertained, while safety features, like forward collision mitigation, inspire complete confidence.