2018 Kia Sorento vs Honda CR-V

2018 Kia Sorento vs Honda CR-V

2018 Kia Sorento vs Honda CR-V

Because both offer roomy cabins, sporty performance, and family-friendly tech features, choosing between the 2018 Kia Sorento and Honda CR-V is tough. We’re here to help you figure out which of these crossover SUVs is right for you, with a comparison guide that highlights the differences between the two models.

Comfiest Ride: 2018 Kia Sorento

The Sorento isn’t your average mid-sized crossover SUV. You can choose between five- and seven-passenger seating configurations for the cabin that best suit your family. Compared to the CR-V, its five-passenger configuration offers much more head- and legroom, making it perfect for tall families. On the road, the Sorento is smooth and quiet – the perfect choice for family road trips.

We like the Honda CR-V cabin’s supportive front seats, which make for a nice highway commute. You’ll hear a bit of engine noise as you merge into quick-moving traffic, but it doesn’t intrude too much on your cabin conversations. The CR-V is a classified as a compact crossover, so it’s not quite as spacious as the mid-size Sorento.

Tech-Savviest Crossover: 2018 Kia Sorento

If your aim is to stay connected without looking away from traffic, the Sorento is on your side. Kia’s UVO infotainment system is one of the best out there. Its touchscreen is responsive, so you won’t find yourself relentlessly jabbing at it in traffic. All but the base model come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, displaying smartphone apps on your central touchscreen so there’s no need to look down at your phone.

The Honda CR-V also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all but the base trim, making it safe and easy to stay connected. If we have one criticism about the CR-V tech lineup, it’s that the touchscreen menu system could be a little more intuitive. You don’t want to be sorting through multiple screens in traffic.

Thriftiest Performance: 2018 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V impresses with its fuel-efficient ride. With front-wheel drive and the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the EPA estimates that it’ll earn 28 city/34 highway mpg. If you live in a wintery or wet climate, you may want to add all-wheel drive to your model. This performance technology will cost you a few miles per gallon, but it increases traction on slick pavement to keep you safer in bad weather.

The 2018 Kia Sorento also offers all-wheel drive for a sportier performance. Depending on powertrain and configuration, the Sorento can tow max loads of up to 2,000 or 5,000 pounds. That makes it the right choice for drivers with heavy toys at home. However, because it’s a bigger crossover, the Sorento doesn’t earn quite as much fuel mileage as the CR-V. Depending on powertrain, this mid-size crossover earns up to 21/28 mpg, which isn’t bad for such a powerful ride.

The Safest Choice: 2018 Kia Sorento

With its impressive crash-test performance, the 2018 Kia Sorento pulls ahead in terms of passenger protection. After it earned top scores in every single crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named this crossover a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The Sorento’s driver aids, such as forward collision warning with automatic braking, help you avoid needless accidents.

The IIHS also selected the Honda CR-V as a 2018 Top Safety Pick. And, like the Sorento, this compact crossover offers optional safety aids to help you steer clear of danger. There’s just one catch: Honda’s advanced safety aids have been known to cry wolf. This can be annoying in heavy traffic.