Value is a hazy metric, but one in which much of the automotive industry is heavily invested. Value, after all, isn’t like horsepower or trunk space, it’s a feeling that you’re getting a lot for an agreeable price. With so many mid-size SUVs on the road, value has become a key differentiator for consumers looking for a ride that is a bit scaled up from the compact SUV segment and hasn’t quite breached full-size territory.
Featuring standard active safety features, standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration and seating for seven from the base model up, the Kia Sorento has become a central model in this popular segment. Today, we’re pitting the 2019 Kia Sorento in all of its glory against a not-so-well-known competitor in the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander.
2019 Kia Sorento
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander
|2.4-liter 4-cylinder (185 horsepower)||Standard engine (horsepower)||2.4-liter 4-cylinder (166 horsepower)|
|3.3-liter V6 (290 horsepower)||Available engine (horsepower)||3.0-liter V6 (224 horsepower)|
|5,000 lbs.||Maximum towing capacity||3,500 lbs.|
|154 cubic feet||Passenger space||128 cubic feet|
|73 cubic feet||Maximum cargo space||63.3 cubic feet|
|Top Safety Pick +||IIHS safety designation||Top Safety Pick|
|$20,490 – Best Friendly Kia VIP price*||Starts at||$24,695|
Look above and you’ll see the reason we see the Kia Sorento and Mitsubishi Outlander on the road at a ratio of around 20:1. The 2019 Kia Sorento gives you so much more for less. With the 2019 Kia Sorento, even the base model features a more powerful engine with higher towing capacity and a smooth 6-speed automatic transmission. In the Outlander, you’re looking at an anemic powertrain with a rubber-bandy CVT.
This added power translates into towing capacity that dwarfs that of the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander by nearly 50%.
Once you step inside, you begin to see other, more significant, differences. The 2019 Kia Sorento, after all, has more than 20% more room for passengers, for instance. Cargo is a similar situation, seeing the Kia Sorento provide more space for stuff in every possible seating configuration.
Finally, when you get your 2019 Kia Sorento from Friendly Kia, you’ll pay thousands less than you would for the obscure Outlander. We’re Tampa Bay’s favorite place to buy a Kia and the only dealership to have been included in the 2019 Kia Motors America President’s Club.
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*Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing is as of the date of this page’s publication and not the date of its access. All pricing is at the discretion of Friendly Kia staff and subject to change without warning or notice. For current pricing on new Kia models contact Friendly Kia today!