Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda CR-V VS 2017 Kia Sorento Near Katy, TX

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2017 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Sorento doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CR-V and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sorento is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The CR-V’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 34 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the CR-V 1.5 turbo is faster than the Sorento EX 2.0T:

 

CR-V

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

83.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento:

 

 

CR-V

Sorento

 

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

21 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/23 hwy

SX/Limited V6/Auto

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sorento doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Sorento:

 

CR-V

Sorento

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CR-V Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Sorento LX (27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (8.2 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 850 pounds less than the Kia Sorento.

The CR-V is 6.8 inches shorter than the Sorento, making the CR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sorento doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has .6 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more rear legroom than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Sorento 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 38.8 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Sorento with all its rear seats folded (75.8 vs. 73 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the CR-V the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Sorento’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The CR-V’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The CR-V’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Sorento L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The CR-V (except LX/EX)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sorento’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda CR-V outsold the Kia Sorento by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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