You’ve substantially listened it a few times in new years. There are no bad cars (or trucks) anymore, and with unequivocally few exceptions, that’s radically true. Still, it doesn’t stop automotive reviewers and (ahem) experts from poring over spec sheets, pushing a machines over their dictated opening envelopes and generally usually needling a sum to try to collect a preferences.
It’s been scarcely a year given AutoGuide.com chose a Kia Sorento as a tip collect in a highly rival mid-sized crossover contest. As is a common occurrence in a automobile industry, newer and mostly improved choices are expelled to a wilds of consumer-dom and a common preferences lessen and flow, spasmodic even following a whims of consumers.
In that final battle, a GMC Acadia warranted itself a bronze award interjection to a fitter mass and some-more robust powertrain than a predecessor. But it was derided for a reduced load ability and eye-watering cost point.
The Kia Sorento, on a other hand, ran home with a vast prize notwithstanding a even smaller load capacity. Shrug. Auto reporters are a humorous breed.
With GM carrying unleashed a bigger Acadia this year, deftly sheltered with Chevrolet Traverse badging, it seems usually right we let a General take another pitch during a Korean champ, so that’s usually what we’ve done.
Finished in a low and stimulating blackcurrant lead paint, a Chevrolet Traverse is ostensible to be a Goldilocks choice between a compress Equinox and gargantuan Tahoe, stuffing a just-right center ground. In person, a vast Chevy looks like a 7/8ths scale Suburban; this thing is huge. To give a clarity of scale, a wheels we see propitious to a exam appurtenance are 20-inchers, and nonetheless they don’t demeanour a bit oversized for a Traverse’s profile.
Dimensions notwithstanding, Chevrolet’s stylists have presented a vast and beautiful appurtenance with good proportions and exercised worthy patience on smart flourishes (there’s not a singular buffer opening to be seen).
The jet black Kia Sorento advantages from mostly beautiful patience as well. Thanks to eminent pattern guru Peter Schreyer’s influence, all that’s come out of Kia in new years has been stylistically triumphant, yet a heading quad-LED auxiliary lights found on a few top-tier Kias mount out like a integrate of acne rags on a Sorento’s chin. And hey, Kia, even GM has changed on from final decade’s chrome-all-the-wheels proviso – maybe we could too?
Inside, a Traverse is finished in black and is about as contented as a spark cave in November. The altogether pattern creates good ergonomic clarity with primary controls managed by a horde of vast buttons and knobs, and information displayed on any a primary gauges or a span of frail LCD arrangement screens. It’d usually be good to have a bit of develop over a elementary brownish-red stitching on a black leather and many of a aspect area is lonesome in cheaper feeling cosmetic than in a Kia.
On a other hand, with a sunshade pulled behind on a Kia’s breathtaking sunroof, a linen-coloured leather scarcely requires sunglasses, a interior’s so bright. While good for fending off Seasonal Affective Disorder, owners with children available to go outdoor or eat flattering much anything will wish to cruise how fast those white seats are going to spin grungy. It’s a contrition given a high-contrast finishes demeanour fantastic. Ergonomically, a Kia is each bit as organic as a Chevy’s, again with essential symbol placement, frail displays, and correct knobs for meridian and audio controls.
What a photos don’t etch is a pleasing pleasures afforded by a Sorento’s interior. Every aspect a tellurian competence reason is swathed in high-quality materials, and where a Chevy’s leather feels like it comes from heavily synthesized cows, a leather in a Kia both feels – and smells – like genuine hides. Blind-folded, or maybe with usually a Kia trademark lonesome up, many motorists would certainly assume they were in a high-fallutin’ oppulance code when inside a Sorento.
Both machines yield infotainment systems with vast touchscreens, discerning operation and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Chevy, however, has an ace adult a technological sleeve: an onboard 4G LTE wifi hotspot, a underline passengers will love.
For what these top-trim rigs cost, there is distant some-more stylish and enchanting appurtenance to buy, though for many mid-size crossover shoppers, a need to transport people and things is some-more than usually a singular occurrence. It’s here a Chevy unequivocally shines.
With a wheelbase scarcely a feet (300 mm) longer than a Sorento’s, a Traverse offers a third quarrel that’s scrupulously serviceable by grown humans. The Kia’s third quarrel should be relegated to children or grownups who can’t get along with others. It should be pronounced that both SUVs solemnly offer meridian controls and USB ports for passengers in all 3 rows of seating.
The Traverse measures an additional 17 inches (429 mm) in altogether length, that helps emanate a load reason behind a third quarrel of seats that’s some-more than double a Sorento’s. With a seats folded, a Chevy’s space contains scarcely 9 cu-ft (223 L) of some-more stuff.
While a Traverse was propitious with second-row captain’s chairs (that deftly overlay brazen permitting third-row access, even with a child chair in place), a Chevy can be had with dual rear, three-person dais seats if so desired. Kia doesn’t offer that kind of flexibility, providing usually a second-row dais seat.
The 3.3-liter V6 found in a Kia Sorento (and a Hyundai Santa Fe cousin) is a unequivocally good mill. Cranking out 290 horsepower, it’s a well-spoken user that provides a Kia with adequate energy for easy passing, and in all-wheel-drive models like this one, it can draw adult to 5,000 lbs.
The Chevrolet’s 3.6L V6 dispenses with 20 some-more horsepower for a sum of 310. There’s some-more torque too – 266 lb-ft contra 252 in a Kia. Even some-more considerable is that a Traverse needs hardly some-more than half a revs to strech a rise twist, creation it surprisingly quick, and like a Kia, a Chevy will draw 5,000 lbs.
The Traverse utilizes Chevy’s new nine-speed delivery that’s splendidly well-spoken in a operation. Conversely, a Kia’s V6 is corresponding to a six-speed involuntary that’s also morally smooth, though seemed to spasmodic turn confused in terms of that rigging was required when a prudent poke of a stifle was called for. These hiccups were rare, mind you, and pronounce some-more to mechanism programming than any specific peculiarity concern.
That nine-speed interconnected with auto-stop/start functionality helps a incomparable Traverse eke out a slight win in fuel potency over a Sorento. The Chevrolet is rated during 17 mpg city, 25 highway and 20 mpg total (13.7 L/100 km, 9.4 and 11.8 in Canada), contra 17 city, 23 highway and 19 mpg total for a Sorento (14, 10.1 and 12.2 L/100 km).
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The Chevrolet’s softer cessation (and longer wheelbase) conspired to yield occupants with a officious movable ride. The Sorento – in no approach oppressive – facilities a stiffer and better-composed cessation routinely compared with European machinery.
The stiffer cessation and smaller footprint interpret to improved on-road manners for a Kia, that maintains a restraint improved during high-speed line puncture lane-change maneuvers than a Chevrolet. But over a composure, a Kia provides a larger clarity of refinement, with a unequivocally solid-feeling, well-built and quieter machine.
From a viewpoint of a front or second-row seats, a comfort, sophistication and all-around decline make a Kia seem like it should wear a European oppulance code badge. This is a car that feels like it plays during a aloft turn than a Chevy, and that it could pretty cost $10,000 some-more than a Chevrolet.
But a Kia doesn’t cost $10K some-more than a Chevy. In fact, it costs less. Our Canadian-spec exam vehicles labelled out during $49,235 for a Sorento and $54,790 for a Traverse. Comparatively versed units in a U.S. ring a register during $48,740 and $45,340, respectively (all prices embody finish fee).
But it’s a small sum that Kia’s engineers have deliberate that make a Kia feel like a improved value and make long-term tenure some-more enjoyable. Details are found on a Sorento like automobile up-and-down window switches for all 4 windows, not usually a driver’s as in a Chevy. Or a fact that a lift straps on a behind of a third-row seats have small Velcro tabs to keep them neat in a Kia, contra a Chevy’s that strap around. And one more: both rigs offer hands-free liftgate opening, though a Traverse requires a kicking motion, since a Kia usually senses if a pivotal hilt is present, afterwards opens though a strain and (literal) dance.
The Verdict: 2018 Chevrolet Traverse vs Kia Sorento
For buyers whose need for a mid-sized crossover includes frequently transporting 6 or some-more adults, or a quite vast raise of luggage, this is no contest; a Chevrolet Traverse is a best bet.
But by a finish of a week-long comparison test, it was a Kia Sorento that had amassed an additional 650 miles, while a Chevy collected distant fewer. This is a covenant to how polished and truly lush a Kia is. Plus, when not carrying around a half-dozen hockey players or oversized cargo, a Sorento’s tidier measure are a bonus in civic driving. Recognizing a Kia’s improved value reaffirms a prior preference to opinion a Sorento best of a garland in a mid-size crossover category.
There’s really no bad appurtenance in this pairing, though we still cite a Kia Sorento.
- 4G LTE wifi hotspot
- Excellent load capacity
- Handsome design
- Better third row
- Feels cheaper inside
- Drab interior
- Luxurious interior
- Better pushing dynamics
- Less load capacity
- Tighter third row