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.
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|
|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|
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.
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!