2024 Kia Sorento vs. 2024 Honda Passport Comparison

Folks buying midsize SUVs want a vehicle that provides plenty of capability. However, “capability” means different things to different buyers.

Suppose you’re looking for something to get around town and carry seven passengers in a pinch while getting good mileage with the potential for impressive performance without the need for heading off-road. In that case, the 2024 Kia Sorento is worthy of a look.

However, if you need space to haul five passengers and a lot of cargo while being able to tow 5,000 pounds and head off-road, the 2024 Honda Passport should be on your list of SUVs to consider.

Let’s check out these vehicles.

2024 Kia Sorento

Sized between a compact and a midsize, the 2024 Kia Sorento enjoys just enough space to include an optional third row. It’s not something you necessarily need, but it’s handy to have to haul smaller people for shorter runs.

While the base model comes powered by a 191-horsepower 4-cylinder, you can get another 90 hp for a bit more money. Swapping for the turbocharged engine pushes the output to 281 hp, but the average combined fuel economy only drops from 26 mpg to 23 mpg. It’s available with all-wheel drive (AWD) as well.

A hybrid and plug-in hybrid are on the roster but not part of this comparison. Prices start at $33,365, including a $1,375 destination fee.

Kia Sorento Highlights

Class-leading warranty: The Kia Sorento boasts best-in-class warranty coverage with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

X-Line: The X-Line models in the Sorento lineup add a rugged appearance package with an extra inch of ground clearance, high-utility roof rails, and unique wheels and bumpers. They all come standard with torque-vectoring AWD for added capability.

Drive Wise: Standard on every Kia Sorento, it’s a suite of safety technology that includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, driver attention warning, and more.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Sorento models near you.

2024 Honda Passport

2024 Honda Passport TrailSport on a dirt road.

The 2024 Honda Passport proves it’s still possible to get more than you pay for in a vehicle. This 2-row, 5-passenger SUV comes in three trim levels: L EX-L, TrailSport, and Black Edition. The content level is very high on the entry-level EX-L. Out of the gate, the Passport comes equipped with AWD and leather seating, typically upgrades for vehicles in this class. This upscaling is a primary reason its starting price is substantially higher than the Kia Sorento’s.

Powered by a 280-hp, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder mated to a 9-speed automatic means plenty of power. It’ll tow 5,000 pounds, but you’ll pay the price if you have a heavy right foot. The Passport’s EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating is 21 mpg, which is better than others in the segment. However, if you’re tooling around off-road in the TrailSport package, there will be times when the extra oomph comes in handy.

The cabin offers space for five people, plus the cargo area behind the second row. It also provides plenty of legroom for those in the second row. Pricing begins at $43,295, including destination fees.

Honda Passport Highlights

Locking technology: With the Smart Entry with Walk-Away Auto Lock technology, Passport owners don’t have to worry about security, as this system locks the vehicle automatically as you walk away with the key fob.

All-Wheel Drive: Many of the vehicles in this class find their way off-road, and the Passport is ready to take on a bit of adventure as AWD is standard equipment. If you want more fun, upgrade to the TrailSport trim, which provides a more specialized off-road suspension, all-terrain tires, and extra body protection.

Highly contented: Every Passport has leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wireless charging, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and AWD.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Passport models near you.


The Kia Sorento and Honda Passport boast attractive exterior styling, ample interior space, impressive technology, and good powerplants.


The Kia Sorento makes a strong case as the value proposition of these two SUVs. It’s more efficient, more affordable, has a longer warranty, and comes with three rows of seats. However, the Honda Passport has more standard equipment to help justify its price tag, including a stout V6 engine. The right SUV for you depends on your needs and your budget.

2024 Kia Sorento 2024 Honda Passport
Starting Price $33,365 $43,295
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 3.5-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower 191 hp @ 6,100 rpm 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 195 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic/AWD
Fuel Economy 23 city/31 highway/26 combined mpg 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg
Also Available 2.5-liter turbo, plus Hybrid/PHEV  
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 N/R 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 5
Wheelbase 110.8 inches 110.9 inches
Overall Length 189.6 inches 189.1 inches
Width 74.8 inches 78.6 inches
Height 66.7 inches 72.2 inches
Turning Diameter 37.9 feet 39.3 feet
Headroom, Front 40.3 inches 39.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.1 inches 40.0 inches
Legroom, Front 41.4 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 41.7 inches 39.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 62.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 58.1 inches 61.9 inches
Cargo Volume 38.5 cubic feet 41.2 cubic feet

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