The Kia Sorento and Subaru Ascent technically compete in the same class as midsize 3-row SUVs. But, there are a few significant differences between these SUVs that you should know about.
Let’s compare the Kia Sorento and the Subaru Ascent and find the right SUV for you.
2022 Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento is one of the smaller and more affordable options in midsize 3-row SUVs. It doesn’t have as much interior space as bigger rivals, but it has a lot going for it, like an exciting optional turbocharged engine and multiple hybrid options. Pricing starts at $29,590.
Kia Sorento Highlights
Better fuel economy: No matter which powertrain option you choose, the Kia Sorento is more fuel-efficient than the Subaru Ascent. The Sorento also has two hybrid options (a conventional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid), but you can’t get a hybrid Ascent. If efficiency is a priority for you, you’ll like the frugal Sorento.
Fun turbocharged engine option: The Subaru Ascent comes standard with a turbocharged engine, but the optional 281-horsepower turbo engine in the Sorento is more performance-oriented. It’s more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the Ascent engine, and since the Sorento is smaller, that extra horsepower goes a long way. The Ascent isn’t exactly a blast to drive, but a turbocharged Sorento is both fun and practical.
Outstanding warranty: The Kia Sorento has a better warranty than the Subaru Ascent. The Kia boasts a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/10,000-mile powertrain warranty. By comparison, the Subaru is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
2022 Subaru Ascent
The Subaru Ascent is an outstanding value in midsize 3-row SUVs because of its practical interior, excellent safety ratings, and low starting price with standard all-wheel drive (AWD). Pricing starts at $32,795.
Subaru Ascent Highlights
More space: The Subaru Ascent is a bigger SUV than the Kia Sorento, which means it has quite a bit more interior space. If you’re looking for a family SUV, the roomy Ascent is more minivan-like than the Sorento. If you’ll use the third row of seats with any regularity, your passengers will appreciate the extra room in the Subaru.
Standard turbo engine and AWD: Although it has a higher starting price, the Subaru Ascent is arguably a better value than the Kia Sorento. That’s because the starting price of the Sorento is higher than the Ascent’s when you add AWD, plus the Subaru has a standard turbo engine. The Subaru also has significantly more interior space, making it a more practical family hauler.
Towing muscle: A 5,000-pound maximum tow rating from the dutiful standard turbo engine under the hood adds to the versatility of the Subaru Ascent. The Kia Sorento can only tow up to 2,000 pounds with the base engine, or 3,500 pounds with the turbo engine.
Three-row seating, similar safety and infotainment tech features, available second-row captain’s chairs
The Subaru Ascent boasts a roomier interior, an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation, and a higher towing capacity. However, the smaller Kia Sorento is an appealing SUV if you don’t need the extra space and like the idea of an exciting turbocharged engine or a frugal hybrid powertrain in a practical SUV.
|2022 Kia Sorento||2022 Subaru Ascent|
|Engine||2.5-liter I4||2.4-liter turbo flat-4|
|Horsepower||191 hp @ 6,100 rpm||260 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|Torque||181 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||277 lb-ft @ 2,000-4,800 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||24 city/29 highway/26 combined mpg||21 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg|
|Also Available||2.5-liter turbo I4; hybrid; plug-in hybrid; AWD||N/A|
|Basic Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||10 years/100,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||4 stars||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||7||8|
|Wheelbase||110.8 inches||113.8 inches|
|Overall Length||189.0 inches||196.8 inches|
|Width||74.8 inches||76.0 inches|
|Height||66.7 inches||71.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.9 feet||38.0 feet|
|Headroom, 1st Row||40.3 inches||41.3 inches|
|Headroom, 2nd Row||39.1 inches||40.0 inches|
|Headroom, 3rd Row||36.8 inches||36.2 inches|
|Legroom, 1st Row||41.4 inches||42.2 inches|
|Legroom, 2nd Row||41.7 inches||38.6 inches|
|Legroom, 3rd Row||29.6 inches||31.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 1st Row||59.1 inches||61.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 2nd Row||58.1 inches||60.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 3rd Row||53.0 inches||57.0 inches|
|Cargo Volume||12.6/45.0/75.5 cubic feet||17.8/47.5/86.5 cubic feet|