Would You Choose the 2021 Kia Sedona over the 2021 Sorento?

It seems like it happened over night: Kia is now the carmaker we can’t ignore. This Korean-based carmaker has an incredibly impressive lineup of family-friendly models. Kia’s all-new 2021 Sorento is buzzworthy, and its Sedona minivan is fashionable in its own right. Out of the two, which would you pick?

What the 2021 Kia Sedona has to offer 

the Kia Sedona parked in an urban area in front of a manmade body of water
Kia Sedona | Kia

Kia’s Sedona is easily the chicest model in today’s minivan class. Unlike its bulky and broadish competitors, the Sedona boasts a sleeker sense of style. This minivan also impresses with its sense of comfort and available tech.

The 2021 Sedona is a breezy ride that’s relatively quick. This Kia is available in three trim levels: LX, EX, and SX. Each trim is powered by the same 276-hp, 3.3.-liter V6 engine that’s linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is also standard. Critics praise the Sedona for its satiny V6. The downside is that the Sedona isn’t as agile as its main rival, the Honda Odyssey

The tan interior of the 2021 Kia Sedona is seen from the front to the back.
2021 Kia Sedona interior | Kia

You’ll be pleased to know that the Sedona’s dapperness continues on the inside. It has plenty of room to carry up to eight people. U.S. News recognizes the minivan for its practical features, such as its spacious third-row and 12 cupholders. You can replace the Sedona’s standard cloth upholstery with leather and add heated/cooled seats for more frills. Standard infotainment features include a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. You’ll have to upgrade for advanced safety equipment, including blind-spot monitoring.

What the 2021 Kia Sorento has to offer 

The 2021 Sorento X-Line driving on road.
2021 Sorento X-Line | Kia

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The 2021 model year is especially exciting for the Sorento. Kia has completely redesigned the Sorento for 2021. The new Sorento is swankier than ever and shares many of the same elements as the acclaimed Telluride.

As Car and Driver highlights, the 2021 Sorento features five different trims: L, LX, S, EX, and SX. The SUV is standard with a 191-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder; there’s an available turbo-four that produces 281-hp. Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic. The other big news is that the Sorento will offer a new hybrid powertrain.  

A 2021 Kia Sorento with a leather Interior
2021 Kia Sorento Interior | Kia

Like the Sedona, the Sorento provides convenient storage spaces and many cup holders. It has standard seating for seven people. The Sorento also offers lots of in-car tech. It comes with an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. You may want to opt for the upgraded infotainment system that has a 10.3-inch touchscreen. Furthermore, the Sorento offers advanced safety equipment, including standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking. 

Kia Sorento vs. Kia Sedona 

The Kia logo, on a vehicle display.
The Kia logo | Uli Deck/picture alliance via Getty Images

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A 2021 Kia Sedona begins at $30,400, while the 2021 Sorento starts at $29,390. Both models are compelling options. It’s easy to see why you want the new Sorento because it’s trendy and comes with a longer list of features than the Sedona. On the flip side, the Sedona’s main advantage as a minivan is that it’s more versatile and spacious.