2018 Kia Sorento Vs. 2018 Subaru Outback

comparison image showing 2018 kia sorento and 2018 subaru outback against one another

A lot of good match-ups have taken place throughout history, but the one we have today between the large and tech-packed Kia Sorento and utility-driven Subaru Outback looks to be among the finest. In one corner, the 2018 Kia Sorento provides luxurious space for the entire family and plenty of cargo room. In the other corner, the 2018 Subaru Outback delivers all-wheel drive, multi-terrain performance which allows it to go places other mid-size SUVs just can’t.

With both models having undergone minor revisions and updates for the 2018 model year, they’re here to contest one another in a battle over which one offers the superior ride quality, space, reliability and all-weather performance. It’s an exciting match-up, hop down to see how they do against one another.

2018 Kia Sorento


2018 Subaru Outback

7 passengers Maximum Passengers (Higher is Better) 5 passengers
39.4 inches Second-Row Leg Room (Higher is Better) 38.3 inches
38 cubic-feet Cargo Volume to Second Row (Higher is Better) 35.5 cubic-feet
5000 lbs. Maximum towing capability (Higher is Better) 2700 lbs.
290-horsepower (@ 6,400 rpm) Maximum Horsepower (Higher is Better) 256-horsepower (@ 6,000 rpm)
109.4 inches Wheelbase (Higher is Better) 108.1 inches

2018 Kia Sorento Advantages Over the 2018 Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback suffers against the 2018 Kia Sorento, not because it’s a bad vehicle, but because it is the only vehicle really operating in its space. Drivers looking for a midsize SUV with AWD may enjoy the symmetrical all-wheel drive provided by Subaru’s platform, but when it comes to cargo volume and passenger space, the Outback doesn’t hold a candle to the 2018 Kia Sorento.

The 2018 Kia Sorento is available with all-wheel drive at a price point like that of the Subaru Outback, which touts its inclusion as a standard feature.

Equipped with better technology than ever before, the 2018 Kia Sorento also provides a more refined interior experience. Longer wheelbase ensures a smoother ride, while a maximum towing capacity almost double the Outback’s means you’ll be able to take more passengers, more stuff and a trailer for anything that doesn’t fit even further than you will in the 2018 Subaru Outback.

Another feature which has lead drivers to choose the 2018 Kia Sorento over the 2018 Subaru Outback is the third-row. Available third-row seating means the 2018 Kia Sorento is ready to be your family-mover. In the Outback, there’s less room to grow and less room to bring things along.

Although the 2018 Subaru Outback is a formidable contender in the mid-size crossover SUV class, it can’t beat the 2018 Kia Sorento’s decadent space, luxurious refinement and ability to bring up to 7 passengers.

2018 kia sorento shown driving on road

2018 Kia Sorento Safety Features and IIHS Top Safety Pick Details

Designed for drivers in all walks of life, the 2018 Kia Sorento is crafted with the utmost attention paid to safety. We know this, but it’s always rewarding when a non-biased, third party highlights the safety features we brag about in the Sorento every day. In this blog, we look at exactly what technology and features make the 2018 Kia Sorento one of the safest mid-size SUVs on the market today.

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