2017 Buick Envision VS. 2017 Kia Sorento: Who Comes Out on Top?

Buick Envision VS. KIA Sorento

Drivers who are in the market for a new, 4-door all-wheel-drive SUV have quite a few options to choose from these days. For some, it can feel overwhelming to try to compare and contrast all the available variations. Luckily, Arnie Bauer is here to break down the pros and cons of two top competing vehicles in this segment: The 2017 Buick Envision and the 2017 Kia Sorento.

Drivers who try to base their decision on the vehicles’ exterior appeal will inevitably have a tough time–both of these cars are expertly designed and feature classic design language with modern accents. The Sorento’s elegant curves are matched by the Buick’s traditional sleekness. The Sorento, however, is a bit larger with a wheelbase that’s roughly 1.2 inches longer than the Buick. Overall, the Sorento is 3.7 inches longer and 2 inches wider but both vehicles weigh in at around 4,100 pounds.

Drivers who are looking for something a bit roomier may gravitate toward the Sorento, which features space for 7 passengers compared to the Buick Envision’s 5-passenger seating. However, the Buick’s smaller size makes it easier to handle and helps boost its gas mileage. While the 2017 Kia Sorento has an EPA mileage estimate of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, the new Buick received a rating of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

The two vehicles also diverge when it comes to powertrain. The Buick utilizes a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that generates 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. (It’s notable that the 2017 Buick Envision features one of the most powerful powertrains across its class.) The Sorento, on the other hand, sticks with Kia’s typical 3.3-liter V-6 engine to create 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission capable of sending power to all four wheels when it’s needed.

Drivers who might be attracted to the Kia Sorento thanks to its higher horsepower capabilities should keep in mind that the Buick’s engine has infinitely more finesse, leading to a smoother and more athletic ride. The Buick Envision has received rave reviews for its quick, intuitive steering and its super-light feel. Out of all of our Buick models for sale, the 2017 Buick Envision is by far one of the most popular–once drivers take one out for a spin, they rarely give the Kia Sorento a second thought.

Come test out the 2017 Buick Envision for yourself and see how its remarkable specs fit into your pros and cons list. Visit a Matteson Buick dealer near you for more information or stop by Arnie Bauer for a personalized, one-on-one experience. Our trained Buick specialists are here to answer any and all questions you may have.

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