With the All-New Telluride Out, Does the Sorento Still Have a Place?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Sorento, Kia Telluride on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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2019 Kia Sorento Vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

Whenever something new and exciting enters the fray, there can be concerns which follow over what its introduction means for similar items. For over a decade, the Kia Sorento has been giving drivers competent all-weather transportation in the form of a best-selling crossover (read about its first-generation model here). It’s also been Kia’s largest model for nearly that long, providing transportation to families who don’t believe their journeys should end where the road does.

[READ MORE: Why the 2019 Kia Sorento is a Top Choice for Families Everywhere]

Families who need seating for more than five passengers and want that sweet-spot between capability and comfort a crossover provides now have two options on Kia’s lineup, however.

Well, with everything we know about Kia as a brand and a manufacturer, we can assure you that the Sorento will continue. Both models have a spot on the Kia lineup and both offer unique advantages (with a few disadvantages) that drivers may want to consider when compared with one another.

Really, it’s best to see the differences for yourself.

Kia Sorento Vs. Kia Telluride

Spec/Feature 2019 Kia Sorento 2020 Kia Telluride
Engine options 2 – 2.4L or 3.3L V6 1- 3.8L V6
Horsepower range 185 – 290 horsepower 291 horsepower
Transmission 6-speed auto or 8-speed auto 8-speed auto
Drive types FWD or AWD FWD or AWD
MPG FWD Up to 25 combined MPG Up to 23 combined MPG
MPG AWD Up to 23 combined MPG Up to 21 combined MPG
Standard infotainment 7-inch touchscreen with UVO 8-inch audio display touchscreen
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Standard Standard
Seating for Up to 7 passengers Up to 8 passengers
DRIVEWiSE standard? No Yes
Legroom (front/middle/rear) 44.1 inches/39.4 inches/31.7 inches 44.1 inches/42.4 inches/31.4 inches
Headroom (front/middle/rear) 39.5 inches/39.3 inches/36.3 inches 40.9 inches/40.2 inches/38.1 inches (w/o sunroof)
Cargo volume (to third row/to second/to first) 11.3 cubic feet/38 cubic feet/73 cubic feet 21 cubic feet/46 cubic feet/87 cubic feet
Towing capacity 2,000 lbs. to 5,000 lbs. 5,000 lbs.
MSRP starts at $26,290 $33,690

2019 kia sorento exterior

2019 Kia Sorento

2020 kia telluride isometric view top down

2020 Kia Telluride

2019 kia sorento interior

2019 Kia Sorento

interior of 2020 kia telluride

2020 Kia Telluride

The Sorento and Telluride are Two Home-Runs from Kia

Ever concerned with value, Kia has always been a brand that seeks to deliver more for less. While the introduction of the Telluride means that the Sorento is no longer battling larger models from Kia’s competitors alone, it also means that the Sorento has been freed to do what it does best – namely, offer a comfortable and composed midsize crossover experience.

For drivers stuck between the two, the differences may help illuminate the answer as to which to choose. Those looking for high standard towing capability, seating for eight, a ton of interior space and a slightly more refined infotainment experience will love the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride.

Those looking for a smaller and more fuel-efficient venture that still promises plenty of on-road and off-road thrill will love the 2019 Kia Sorento, one of the only mid-size crossovers on the market to provide standard third-row seating. Additionally, with a smaller starting price point, the Sorento offers plenty of enjoyability for families in a more economic form.

[Interested in which has the perfect color? Check out the 2019 Kia Sorento Color Options or the 2020 Kia Telluride Color Options to help you determine the perfect model!]

If you’re still not sure and feeling stuck between the two, we’d love to help. At Friendly Kia, we have both the 2019 Kia Sorento and the 2020 Kia Telluride in stock and can go over the details and differences with a consultation. Or, you can test-drive both to see which one you connect with better.

For more information or to schedule a test drive with either of Kia’s third-row SUVs, contact us today!

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