2019 Kia Sorento vs 2019 Chevy Traverse

2019 Kia Sorento and 2019 Chevrolet Traverse, separated by a diagonal line and "VS" logo.

If you’re looking for a three-row midsize SUV, you could do worse than the 2019 Kia Sorento. Much worse. In fact, when you take into account the beautiful interior, bevy of driver-assistance features, impressive gas mileage, comfortable all-around experience, and great predicted reliability, every other choice out there might just be worse.

But what about the 2019 Chevy Traverse? This competitor brings some strong stats to the table as well. Let’s see if it has what it takes to compete with the 2019 Kia Sorento in our in-depth model comparison.

2019 Kia Sorento


2019 Chevy Traverse

$26,290 Starting MSRP $29,930
25 miles per gallon Fuel Economy (combined) 21 miles per gallon
44.1/39.4 inches Legroom (front/second row) 41.0/38.4 inches
2,000 lbs Base Model Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs
5 years/60,000 miles Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles

2019 Kia Sorento Pulls Out Ahead

Looking at the table, we see the 2019 Kia Sorento comes out ahead in fuel-economy, legroom, base towing capacity, and warranty. On top of all this, it boasts a significantly lower starting MSRP. It’s this unbeatable combination of quality and value that won the 2019 Kia Sorento the designation of “2019 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money” from U.S. News.

2019 Kia Sorento – More Features, Better Interior

Beyond the stats we’ve looked at here, the 2019 Kia Sorento comes with an array of features not offered by the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse. These include safety features such as standardized Blind Spot Monitoring, and convenience features like an available programmable built-in garage door opener and remote start system.

One key area where the 2019 Sorento comes out strongly ahead of the 2019 Chevy Traverse is in the cabin. The 2019 Kia Sorento boasts an upscale interior outfitted with premium-feeling high-quality materials. The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse, on the other hand, feels cheap and outdated, with its unusual styling and proliferation of hard plastics. Additionally, the 2019 Kia Sorento also has more technology in the cabin; for example, it boasts four 12-volt power outlets as opposed to the 2019 Traverse’s one.

2019 Kia Sorento – An Unbeatable Value

With the 2019 Sorento’s low starting price, it’s hard to comprehend the comfortable, smooth ride, upscale cabin, easy-to-use infotainment, and all the other great qualities you get. Technology such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standardized as of this year. There’s also new driver-assistance features such as front parking sensors, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring.