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Crossovers and SUVs are popular picks among area drivers, offering versatility and capabilities many of us need. Whether you need room for a growing family, want a work vehicle that has space for coworkers without sacrificing power, or you just prefer to ride taller, a Kia SUV is a smart bet! But which Kia SUV? We’ve got the highlights of the lineup so you can compare them for yourself, weigh the Kia Sportage vs. Sorento, the Soul vs. Niro, and more.

What’s the Difference Between a Crossover and SUV?

Before you can choose a Kia SUV, it is a good idea to understand the difference between a crossover and an SUV. If you are searching for an agile vehicle that can navigate heavy traffic with ease on the roads of Bessemer, a crossover could be your best bet. However, if your growing Pelham family needs a bit more passenger space and cargo room, a Kia SUV is a spacious option. In addition to size and handling, here is what sets Kia SUVs and crossovers apart:

  • Platform: SUVs feature a truck-based platform. A crossover is built on the platform of a car. This is why crossovers are more agile, but SUVs are more spacious.
  • Power: Because they are built on a truck platform, full-size SUVs can tow significantly more than crossovers. Many SUVs are equipped with a V6 or V8 engine, while crossovers often have a 4-cylinder engine, or possibly a V6 depending on the model.
  • Price: Because SUVs are larger and more powerful than crossovers, they are usually more expensive as well. Fortunately, when you choose a Kia SUV or crossover, you know that you are getting an outstanding value on a reliable vehicle.

Now that you know a little more about Kia SUVs, it’s time to narrow down your options. Will you choose the Kia Sportage vs. Sorento? What about the Kia Niro vs. Sportage? The choice really comes down to your unique driving needs and budget. Our team has compared the lineup below to help you find the vehicle of your dreams.

Kia Soul

The bold Kia Soul has an iconic exterior that is sure to catch the attention of other drivers on the roads of Birmingham. Available in a wide range of colors, including two-tone options, this stylish hatchback can take your commute to the next level. Here are just a few of the reasons why the Soul should be at the top of your list:

  • Large touch-screen display
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
  • Safety features such as a Brake Assist System (BAS) and a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) standard
2020 Kia Soul Pair

Kia Niro

Eco-conscious drivers will likely be drawn to the Kia Niro hybrid. With the Niro, you get the excitement of driving a compact SUV without sacrificing fuel economy. Listed below are just a few of the innovative features you will find onboard the Kia Niro:

  • Parallel Hybrid System featuring regenerative braking and dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration
  • Available safety features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
  • Bluetooth connectivity

No matter if you choose the Niro or Soul, you can expect formidable cargo and passenger space in a conveniently compact package. However, when it comes to fuel economy, the Niro has a slight edge thanks to its hybrid engine.

2020 Kia Niro Touring

Kia Sportage

Comparing the Kia Sportage vs. Kia Sorento? While both vehicles certainly have their merits, the Kia Sportage is a five-passenger SUV, while the Sorento can seat seven. Highlights of the Kia Sportage include:

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Available panoramic sunroof
  • Optional Dynamax™ all-wheel drive with a locking center differential
  • Blind Spot Detection technology available

Compare the Kia Niro vs. Sportage, and you will notice that the Sportage is better equipped for adventure thanks to advanced AWD options. Ready to explore this mid-size SUV in further detail? Take a look at the Kia Sportage interior to see if this model fits your needs.

2020 Kia Sportage Offroad

Kia Sorento

With three rows of seating, you will never feel cramped inside the cabin of the Kia Sorento, and you don’t have to worry about leaving anything behind. There is plenty of space for cargo, too. What else can you expect from the stellar Sorento?

  • Standard 7″ Color Display w/ Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto
  • Available V6 engine
  • 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seats, and 50/50 split third row seats
  • Available Dynamax™ All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)

When you compare the Kia Sportage vs. Kia Sorento, you will see that the Sorento is the larger of the two options, with more space for both passengers and cargo.

2020 Kia Sorento SX towing trailer

Kia Telluride

With the Kia Telluride, you will feel like you are behind the wheel of a luxury vehicle, but you won’t have to worry about that luxury car price tag. The Telluride is an affordable way to add opulence to your Mountain Brook commute.

  • UVO Link with available 10.25” touchscreen
  • Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Smart driving modes
  • Wireless charging capabilities
  • Standard Blind Spot Collision Technology
2020 Kia Telluride In The Water

Kia Seltos

Last, but not least, is the Kia Seltos. One of the more recent additions to the Kia SUV lineup, the Seltos may be compact, but that does not mean that it is short on the latest tech and convenience features:

  • Automatic emergency braking technology
  • Lane keeping and departure technology
  • LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Roof rack rails
  • Cloth and Sofino seat trim with blue accents
  • Heated front seats (on AWD models)
2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo

Experience the Kia SUV and Crossover Lineup at Riverchase Kia

The Kia SUV lineup is quite extensive, and sometimes it’s best to see the differences firsthand at Riverchase Kia. Contact us today to explore our inventory in person or set up a test drive.

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