2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

10.0

starting from

$26,940
"The materials and feel are high quality."
edmunds.com | talking about the Santa Fe's build-quality
"It's a good value."
edmunds.com | talking about the Santa Fe's value

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Santa Fe

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Quite powerful
276 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Sporty performance
14.1 lb/hp
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.1"
2012 Kia Sorento LX

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento LX

starting from

$26,150
"Drives well."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's transmission
"Elegantly simple dashboard layout."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's controls

Reasons to buy the Kia Sorento LX

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More passenger seats
7
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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More airbags
6
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Winner: Santa Fe
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  • Almost the same
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty
  • Fantastic basic warranty
  • Inexpensive
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Performance - vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • More gears
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Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
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Overall 10.0 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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Santa Fe
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Santa Fe 's power seats; not available on the Sorento LX
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Santa Fe ; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Santa Fe ; the Sorento LX only offers cloth seats

Cost

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Santa Fe
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MSRP $26,940 vs $26,150 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 21 mpg The Sorento LX has great city mileage and the Santa Fe is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Fantastic basic warranty
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 5 year Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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Santa Fe
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Sorento LX has a good number of airbags, but the Santa Fe is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Santa Fe
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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Santa Fe
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Horsepower 276 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Santa Fe is fairly powerful, but the Sorento LX is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.1 lb/hp vs 20.6 lb/hp The Santa Fe is a sporty car, but the Sorento LX is sluggish
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Sorento LX has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Santa Fe
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Sorento LX has lots of passenger seats and the Santa Fe is OK, too
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Cargo space 78.2 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 59.0 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The Santa Fe has roomy front seats and the Sorento LX is OK
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Santa Fe offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sorento LX
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Santa Fe
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Santa Fe
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The Santa Fe 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento LX is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 140 ft The Santa Fe 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento LX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.1 s s @ 88.0 mph mph vs 17.7 s s @ 79.0 mph mph The Santa Fe 's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Sorento LX's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Hyundai Tucson Santa Fe vs Tucson
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Santa Fe vs Traverse LS
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Santa Fe vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Kia Sportage EX Santa Fe vs Sportage EX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Santa Fe vs RAV4 Limited
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage EX Sorento LX vs Sportage EX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Kia Sedona LX Sorento LX vs Sedona LX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento LX vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Optima LX Sorento LX vs Optima LX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Sorento LX vs Traverse LS

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Stephen J Parkin (10:34 PM, October 15, 2011)
This review is atrocious it appears that the writer has not driven either vehicle and the facts are wrong. I am frankly amazed anyone has the courage to post such a poor review!