Three-row SUVs offer the space, features, and capabilities that Oro Valley and Green Valley drivers need, but there’s a world of difference between the models on the market today. Although both the 2019 Kia Sorento and the 2019 Toyota Highlander have enjoyed impressive popularity, one is a much smarter investment! Find out where the difference lies by comparing the Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander with Royal Automotive Group.
Pricing: Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander
- 2019 Kia Sorento Price: $25,990 MSRP
- 2019 Toyota Highlander Price: $31,330 MSRP
That’s right! Although these two midsize SUVs compete in the same segment, the starting price of the Kia is almost $5,000 lower than that of the Toyota.
Performance: Kia vs. Toyota SUV Comparison
Both of these SUVs are available with two potent engine options:
- Kia Sorento
- 185-hp 2.4-Liter I-4
- 290-hp 3.3-Liter V6
- Toyota Highlander
- 185-hp 2.7-Liter I-4
- 295-hp 3.5-Liter V6
It’s not hard to see that both SUVs are capable of checking off items on your to-do list. However, when we compare the fuel economy of each model’s base trim level, the advantage of the Kia is as clear as day:
- 2019 Kia Sorento
- 22 mpg city
- 29 mpg highway
- 2019 Toyota Highlander
- 20 mpg city
- 24 mpg highway
The more powerful engines of both models get comparable fuel economy, but in the lower-end trims, the Sorento has a serious advantage over its rival. Since the V6-equipped Sorento is still more affordable than the baseline trim of the Highlander, we think Kia easily takes the win in this mid-size SUV comparison.
Sorento vs. Highlander: Features and Dimensions
One would expect the higher starting price of the Toyota Highlander to purchase a wider array of standard features. Perhaps surprisingly, both competitors in this SUV comparison include the following features as standard:
- All-season tires
- Three-row seating
- Remote keyless entry
- Cruise control
- Rearview camera
- Power heated exterior mirrors
Features are important, but they’re not always the deciding factor. In fact, at the end of the day, the biggest reason to choose the Sorento vs. Highlander just might be the former’s expansive third row of seating:
- Toyota asks passengers to squeeze into their spots with just 27.7 inches of legroom.
- The Sorento offers an impressive 31.7 inches of third-row legroom, so the whole family can travel comfortably, even on longer drives!
Test Drive the New Sorento at Royal Automotive Group in Tucson!
Now that you’ve seen how the Kia Sorento and the Toyota Highlander measure up, we’re sure that you’ll be eager to get behind the wheel. Still doing research? Compare Kia SUVs before you get stated! If you’re ready to take the next steps, check out our extensive new Kia Sorento inventory or apply for financing at your local Royal Automotive Group location.
The friendly faces at our family-owned dealerships can’t wait to see you behind the wheel, so contact us today!