2018 Kia Sorento Vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander

split screen with toyota highlander and kia sorento compared

If your adventures include more than five passengers, third-row SUVs give you the perfect balance between comfort, space and safety for everybody inside. Giving you a confident ride height, good all-weather performance and a suite of safety and entertainment technology, these vehicles rule the road – allowing you to go further in style and comfort.

In this crowded field, only a few notable options exist. The 2018 Kia Sorento is one of them, giving drivers the smooth ride and standard technology of smaller crossovers with room for the whole family and extra cargo. Contending with the 2018 Kia Sorento is Toyota's third-row offering, the Highlander. Both vehicles provide high-value and high-reliability options for families seeking 7-passenger transport who want the added safety and capability of a crossover.

2018 Kia Sorento


2018 Toyota Highlander

Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? No
185 hp / 24 MPG (L FWD) Base horsepower/combined MPG 185 hp / 22 MPG (LE FWD)
Yes Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatible No
40/20/40 Second-row folding configuration 60/40
39.4 inches Second-row legroom 38.4 inches
$25,900 (L FWD) / $46,300 (SXL AWD) MSRP (Base / Top) $31,030 (LE FWD) / $46,660 (Limited Platinum AWD)
5 years/60,000 miles Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty 3 years/36,000 miles

Kia Sorento Advantages Vs. Toyota Highlander

When you're shopping for a family vehicle or one with sufficient cargo space to carry all your gear, you shouldn't have to compromise. The 2018 Kia Sorento enjoys several significant advantages over the 2018 Toyota Highlander, which clearly make it an ideal purchase or lease over Toyota's third-row crossover.

The most prevalent example of Kia's uncompromising attitude toward their crossovers is the balance between interior comfort and vehicle capability present in the Sorento. This balance means drivers and passengers can take advantage of amenities like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, systems which allow data and apps from your smartphone to be used in the distraction-free UVO infotainment system in your Sorento.

The Toyota Highlander is not compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto at any of its trim levels, even the borderline-luxury Limited Platinum.

As far as capability is concerned, the base engine on the 2018 Kia Sorento gets the exact same horsepower that the one on the Highlander does, but sees every gallon get more driving for you. That's value!

Versatility is the name of the game for the 2018 Kia Sorento which allows you to choose between 5 and 7 seat configurations and utilizing the luxury-grade 40/20/40 for rear seat folding.

Finally, safety and peace of mind go hand in hand, and both are at their premium in the 2018 Kia Sorento which beat many of its third-row competitors, including the Highlander, in safety and impact testing, earning the coveted Top Safety Pick distinction by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

For peace of mind, a warranty that nearly doubles the terms on the Highlander's is standard with every 2018 Kia Sorento model! Toyota used to be a big name in the crossover space but with the Sorento, Kia has claimed the throne.

The Sorento offers many configuration and options and we have many of them at Friendly Kia. For more information on this versatile, safe and technology-filled powerhouse or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!