2019 Kia Sorento Vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

2019 kia sorento and 2019 subaru outback side by side comparison

If you want more comfort and more space than the popular compact crossover/SUV segment provides, you’re probably well acquainted with the midsize crossover/SUV class. This class of vehicles serves as a go-between for the range-topping full-size SUVs of the world and the urban-friendly compact segment, bringing in the best qualities of both. With a longer wheelbase than compact crossovers, vehicles in this segment enjoy smoother rides. The larger size also has obvious implications in the form of cargo space and room for passengers as well as less-obvious implications in the form of being able to house and carry bigger and more powerful engines.

It's these reasons that the segment has become associated with luxury. The 2019 Kia Sorento is among the best vehicles in this segment. With extensive standard features, massive capability and a comfortable interior, it’s a luxury vehicle without the luxury price tag. Up against the 2019 Kia Sorento today is the 2019 Subaru Outback – an outdoorsy mid-size crossover. Let’s see how they compare!

2019 Kia Sorento


2019 Subaru Outback

2.4-liter 4-cylinder (185 horsepower) Standard engine (horsepower) 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (175 horsepower)
3.3-liter V6 (290 horsepower) Available engine (horsepower) 3.6-liter H6 (256 horsepower)
7 passengers Seating for 5 passengers
44.1 inches/39.4 inches Legroom (first row/second row) 42.9 inches/38.1 inches
5,000 lbs. Maximum towing capacity 2,700 lbs.
7-inch touchscreen Standard infotainment 6.5-inch touchscreen
10 years/100,000 miles Engine/powertrain warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
$20,790 – Best Friendly Kia VIP price* Starts at $26,345

The Kia Sorento Pulls a Surprising Win Against the Outdoorsy Outback

As you can see in the above chart, the 2019 Kia Sorento offers a pretty compelling alternative to the Subaru Outback. More than just an alternative, however, the 2019 Kia Sorento does more and goes further to prove its value than the 2019 Subaru Outback is able to.

From the moment you see the 2019 Kia Sorento, it’s clear you’re looking at a vehicle that isn’t just a size upgrade to the compact crossover class. For the 2019 Kia Sorento, doing everything well is the name of the game. The 2019 Kia Sorento features a luxurious design that begins with its large grille and sweeps backward along muscular side panels. It’s both sporty and refined, forbidding it to be pigeonholed into one niche.

Inside, the 2019 Kia Sorento is just as nice. With a standard 7-inch touchscreen controller, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration and Kia Drive Wise active safety features, it’s a technology powerhouse. It’s also comfortable, offering more legroom and passenger space than the 2019 Subaru Outback.

Finally, the ultimate luxury of confidence is yours with a 10-year/100,000-mile engine/powertrain warranty. With everything you get more of in the 2019 Kia Sorento, you may imagine it to be thousands more than the 2019 Subaru Outback, but Friendly Kia has it for over $5,000 less.

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