Having replaced station wagons, minivans and body-on-frame SUVs as the preferred choice for family transportation, third-row crossovers have risen to a level of ubiquity and popularity not seen since compact cars in the fuel-crisis of the 1970s. In this segment, drivers clamor for vehicles that prioritize comfort, capability and safety.
The 2020 Kia Sorento is one such vehicle. Building off the incredible legacy of the restyled 2019 Kia Sorento, the 2020 model streamlines its trim levels and introduces some exciting feature upgrades across trim levels which make it the strongest Sorento yet. Up against the 2020 Kia Sorento is the 2019 Toyota Highlander, another vehicle whose aim is to win over value-minded family SUV shoppers. How do they do? Let’s find out.
2020 Kia Sorento
2019 Toyota Highlander
|2.4-liter 4-cylinder (185 horsepower)||Base engine (horsepower)||2.7-liter 4-cylinder (185 horsepower)|
|25 combined MPG||Base combined MPG||22 combined MPG|
|7 passengers||Standard seating||8 passengers|
|2,000 lbs.||Base towing capacity||1,500 lbs.|
|154 cubic feet||Passenger space||145 cubic feet|
|7-inch touchscreen||Base infotainment||6.1-inch infotainment display|
|Standard on all trim levels||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity||Not available on any trim levels|
|10 years or 100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty coverage||5 years or 60,000 miles|
|40-20-40||Second-row seat folding type||60-40|
The numbers above don’t lie. What the Toyota Highlander offers in terms of extra cargo space and an extra seat, it short-changes other important factors like passenger space, capability and infotainment to achieve when compared to the 2020 Kia Sorento.
Looking at the above chart, it’s easy to see how the 2020 Kia Sorento has become such a popular option in the class. The Toyota Highland is, after all, widely regarded to be one of the best entries and it can’t match the 2020 Kia Sorento’s incredible value.
With the 2020 Kia Sorento, you get a vehicle that matches the Highlander for power, bests it for fuel efficiency and towing capability and has a stronger infotainment system that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from the base model up through the top, a feature the Toyota Highlander can’t be bothered to offer even to those who splurge on the nearly-$50,000 Limited Platinum V6 with AWD variant.
With so much going for the 2020 Kia Sorento, you’d imagine it to start a far higher price than the 2019 Toyota Highlander but even before Friendly Kia gets to apply our incredible discounts to the model, it is over $5,000 less expensive than the Highlander.
Don’t wait up! Test-drive the feature-packed 2020 Kia Sorento today.