If you want an SUV, that’s both fuel-efficient and offers space for passengers, the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid or the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid are worth a look. Here’s how they compare.
2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid
Above Average: Good fuel economy; PHEV coming with 30 miles of pure electric range and AWD; bold SUV styling; second-row captain’s chairs; third-row seating.
Below Average: The third row is tight; no AWD option on the standard hybrid.
Consensus: The 2021 Kia Sorento is all-new for this year and offers plenty of terrific amenities, including wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid
Above Average: Fuel-efficient; comfortable cabin; smooth ride; good handling; ample interior space; impressive safety equipment; standard AWD.
Below Average: Old infotainment; hybrid battery impacts cargo space; real-world fuel economy might not add up to Honda’s claims.
Consensus: The Honda CR-V is the go-to compact suv for many reasons. The CR-V Hybrid makes a compelling case for something a bit more fuel-efficient. We like the refined and competent CR-V hybrid powered by the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors that produce a total of 212 hp, and the EPA says that the CR-V Hybrid gets 38 miles per gallon combined.
Sorento Hybrid vs. CR-V Hybrid: All About the MPG
Kia Sorento Hybrid
The Sorento is a steady, solid seller that Kia hopes will become as popular as its larger Telluride. When Sorento adds the hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) later this year, it will offer four different powertrains. The 227-horsepower 1.6-liter hybrid engine generates a combined average of 37 mpg.
The hybrid comes in S and EX trim levels with a 6-speed transmission, front-wheel drive (FWD) only, and a starting price of $33,590. A plug-in version boasting all-wheel drive and a pure-electric range of 30 miles will soon join the lineup as well.
The new Sorento is a little over an inch longer than the previous generation and comes with optional captain’s chairs in the second row. The third row is tiny and more usable for children, but it’s there should you need to carry a few more people for short distances.
You get a long list of safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and lane-keeping assist. In addition, a 360-degree-view monitor helps avoid parking lot scrapes, torque vectoring corner control helps manage large loads, and Kia’s Safe Exit Assist system prevents the side doors from opening if traffic is approaching.
Honda CR-V Hybrid
Honda has a well-known reputation for resale and reliability, and the Honda CR-V Hybrid is no different, plus it has enough oomph to make driving a bit more fun, thanks to the dual electric motors. While you won’t get rocketed back in your seat, the CR-V hybrid offers plenty of power, and it’s not embarrassingly slow like most hybrids.
Honda has upped the interior game on the hybrid version of its most popular crossover, and it feels surprisingly upscale inside. With 60/40 fold-flat seats and plenty of passenger space, the people you choose to travel with won’t feel cramped at all.
However, there are a few niggling things we didn’t love about the CR-V hybrid. If you drive the CR-V hard, it becomes a bit noisy, and the battery pack does cut into the cargo space behind the rear seats.
The infotainment leaves something to be desired because it’s slow to respond and doesn’t offer as much technology as some of the other hybrid crossovers in the segment. While these are all rather small things, the CR-V hybrid offers a good blend of reliability, drive feel, and fuel economy.
Hybrid powertrain; stylish and well-appointed interiors; solid safety suites; NTHSA 5-star safety.
2021 Kia Sorento Advantages
Great warranty; solid infotainment and technology (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; third-row seating.
2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid Advantages
Fantastic resale and reliability; lower starting price.
Which One Is Right For Me?
The 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid offers good fuel economy, plenty of space, and three rows of seating. Also, the available PHEV offers up to 30 miles of pure electric range.
The 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid comes with standard AWD and 212 horsepower. In addition to good power and fuel economy, the interior features an upscale cast.
Ready to buy a Kia Sorento Hybrid or Honda CR-V Hybrid? Shop for one on sale now near you.
|2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid||2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid|
|Engine||1.6-liter turbo I4 hybrid||2.0-liter turbo I4|
|Horsepower||177 hp @ 5,550 RPM||212 hp @ 6,200 rpm|
|Torque||195 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm||232 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||37 mpg (39 city/35 hwy)||38 mpg (40 city/35 hwy)|
|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||5 stars||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||6||5|
|Wheelbase||110.8 inches||104.8 inches|
|Overall Length||189.4 inches||182.1 inches|
|Width||74.8 inches||73.0 inches|
|Height||66.7 inches||66.1 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.8 feet||37.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||40.3 inches||40.1 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||36.8 inches||39.2 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.4 inches||41.3 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||40.7 inches||40.4inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||59.1 inches||57.9 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||58.1 inches||55.6 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||105.3 cubic feet||105.9 cubic feet|
|EPA Cargo Volume||38.5 cubic feet||33.2 cubic feet|