2017 Dodge Durango vs. Kia Sorento

It’s time for another epic battle of the three-row crossover sport utility vehicles! Today’s head-to-head examines the Dodge Durango and the Kia Sorento, two outstanding entries into the sector. The Kia brings great value for the cost, as well as a long warranty and outstanding safety scores, while the Durango matches up with aggressive styling, superb power from a V8 engine, and tons of interior space and features to make sure your family has a fun and comfortable ride experience.

Which of these vehicles comes out on top overall, however, for Richmond, New Baltimore and Detroit area drivers in Michigan? Let’s break down the head-to-head comparison of the 2017 Dodge Durango and the Kia Sorento to find out which crossover SUV is the answer to your everyday driving needs.

2017 Dodge Durango vs. Kia Sorento

Each of these vehicles brings a few new tweaks to their design this year. The 2017 Dodge Durango drops the Limited trim and replaces it with the GT, adding some sporty touches to the exterior, and the base level now allows you to opt for only two rows of seats. Minor feature changes have been added across the levels, many of which add physical touches.

The Kia, on the other hand, adds some new technology in terms of smartphone app integration and a few additional safety features. These include adaptive headlights and collision mitigation via automatic emergency braking. At the EX 2.0T trim level you get shifting paddles, and the SX 2.0T Limited level has been dropped this year.

Base Trim Features

When comparing base level trim features, the Durango comes out on top. The Kia offers you split-fold, sliding and reclining second row seats, Bluetooth, CD player, satellite radio tuner, a USB port and an auxiliary jack.

The Dodge Durango, on the other hand, comes with a laundry list of features even at the basic level. You get a powerful rear suspension, automatic headlights, fog lights, heated mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry and ignition, tri-zone climate control, split-fold and reclining second-row seating, split-fold third-row seating with power headrests, auto-dim rearview mirrors, Bluetooth, six-speaker audio, USB port, auxiliary jack, SD card reader, and a 5-inch touchscreen interface.


On the Sorento, you get a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive with AWD as an option at every trim except the base trim. This engine gives you 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque.

The Durango base engine, on the other hand, is a 3.6-liter V6 paired to 8-speed automatic with rear wheel drive and optional AWD at every trim level. This engine gives you 290 horsepower with 260 pound-feet of torque. You also get standard stop-start to save fuel.

In terms of performance, the Durango wins.

Dodge Durango at Dick Huvaere’s Richmond CDJR

The 2017 Dodge Durango gives you better power, more features, and an overall better driving experience, although the Kia Sorento is an outstanding SUV in its own right. If you’d like to drive one yourself, stop into Dick Huvaere’s Richmond CDJR and get into the cabin today!