June 23

Hybrid Plug-in Car Comparison: 2022 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

SUVs can be a great vehicle choice for anyone who enjoys flexibility and capability on the road. If you want to strike a balance between great fuel economy and a spacious cargo area, either the 2022 Kia Sorento or the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Plugin models may be perfect for you. Here at Huffines Kia Mckinney, we know every detail is important. This guide goes through everything you need to know about the two vehicles so you can choose the one that works best for you.

Why Get a Hybrid Plug-In?

Kia Sorento Hybrid

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Hybrid plug-in SUVs are great options for those who want great fuel economy and power. A hybrid plug-in is a midpoint between an electric vehicle and a traditional hybrid vehicle that doesn’t need overnight charging to work. Plug-in models have bigger batteries that allow you to complete longer trips on electric power only. If you prefer EV features but want the convenience of a hybrid model, either the Kia Sorento Plug-in or the Santa Fe Plug-In might just have what you need.

Trim Levels

The 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In comes in two trim levels: the SX and the SX Prestige. The SX trim is the base model with a $45,190 starting MSRP. The SX Prestige is the upper-level trim, with a starting MSRP of $48,090. While both trims have the same exterior color options available, the SX Prestige has interior options not available for the SX.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is available in two trim options, including the SEL Convenience and the Limited. The SEL Convenience is the base-level trim and has an MSRP of $40,000, while the SEL Convenience has a $46,010 MSRP. Some upgraded features standard in the Limited trim include forward and reverse parking distance warning, remote smart parking assist, highway driving assist, and a surround-view monitor.


The Sorento has a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an all-electric range of 32 miles. It’s equipped with Kia’s Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system to help you maintain the highest possible fuel economy. The electric motor is an AC synchronous permanent magnet motor connected to lithium-ion polymer batteries. With a six-speed automatic transmission and a combined 261 horsepower, the car offers excellent handling and power. The gasoline fuel tank capacity is 12.4 gallons, and both trim levels have an EPA rating of 35 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 79 mpge.

The Santa Fe has an inline four-cylinder turbo engine that offers about 178 horsepower. The electric motor has an output of 66.9 kW, and is connected to 360-volt lithium-ion polymer batteries. The Santa Fe comes with trailer sway control to help with towing, and both trims come standard with 19-inch alloy wheels. The Santa Fe has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds with brakes and 1,650 pounds without them.

With a fuel tank capacity of 12.4 gallons, both trims for the Santa Fe Hybrid Plug-in average a combined 33 mpg and 76 mpge and have a 30-mile all-electric range. As the Santa Fe averages lower than the Sorento on both counts, the Sorento outperforms the Santa Fe in this category.


Kia Sorento Hybrid

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With a sports-style body and exterior detailing, the Sorento has a sleek and high-end appearance sure to turn heads. The Sorento has a 110.8-inch wheelbase with a width of 74.8 inches and a 189.4-inch length. The SX comes standard with roof rails, window surround in satin chrome, and a gloss black front grille. The Sorento also comes in various vibrant colors, including Silky Silver, Aurora Black, Platinum Graphite, Gravity Blue, Runway Red, Steel Gray, and Snow White Pearl.

The Santa Fe has a 108.9-inch wheelbase and has a width of 74.8-inches plus a 188.4-inch length, meaning it’s slightly smaller than the 2022 Sorento. Both trim levels for the Santa Fe come with automatic headlights, high beam assist, rear privacy glass, acoustic-laminated front side glass, and roof rails. This car’s exterior color options include Quartz White, Twilight Black, Shimmering Silver, Portofino Gray, and Lagoon Blue.


The total interior volume for the Kia Sorento is 121.3 cubic feet. This SUV comes with second-row captain chairs that offer six passengers optimal comfort and fold down for additional cargo space. The third-row seating with 50/50 folding allows you to customize your passenger-to-cargo balance. The Sorento also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 10.25-inch entertainment screen with Kia Connect — a system that enables you to access remote features from your phone.

With a total interior volume of 144.9 cubic feet, the Santa Fe has a bit more space for stashing luggage or adventure gear. The Limited trim comes with leather-trimmed seats, ventilated front seats, and power-release folding seats in the second row for cargo customization. The high-resolution 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation screen and 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster work together to create an efficient digital system. You can also charge your phone wirelessly and use Android or Apple CarPlay to control your music.


The Kia Sorento offers several high-quality safety features that keep you comfortable while driving, including forward, blind-spot, and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assists, plus lane-departure warnings and lane-keeping assist. The rear occupant alert system with advanced sensors protects your valuables in the car while you’re away, as you’ll receive notifications if it senses movement in the backseat. The Sorento also comes with a safe exit assist, alerting passengers of hazards before leaving the vehicle. This can help you stay safe when parking on busy streets.

With electronic stability control and vehicle stability management, the Santa Fe offers a series of vital safety features. The blind-spot collision avoidance and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assists help you drive defensively and prevent accidents on the road, while the pedestrian and cyclist detection systems help you stay clear of others in your path.

That’s everything you need to know about the differences between the 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid Plugin and the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Plugin. We hope this guide has helped you determine which plug-in vehicle is right for you. Though guides are certainly helpful, there’s nothing more informational than test-driving the car yourself. Stop by Huffines Kia Mckinney for a test drive or contact our general manager for more information about Kia hybrid options today.


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