Although compact crossovers have become standard on every road across this great land of ours, they don’t always offer the cargo and passenger space that drivers and passengers alike want. For this reason, the midsize crossover is an excellent upgrade option which delivers extended legroom and hauling room without breaking into the full-size crossover SUV class. The midsize crossover has become somewhat of a luxury class, inviting drivers to experience added technology and a comfortable interior that isn’t exclusively built for family transportation.
With the Kia Telluride taking the place of the Kia Sorento as the biggest crossover SUV in Kia’s lineup, the Sorento is free to do what it does best – impress. The 2020 Kia Sorento is Kia’s most luxuriously-appointed and comfortable Sorento yet. Today, we’re comparing the 2020 Kia Sorento to the 2020 Nissan Murano, Nissan’s midsize crossover.
2020 Kia Sorento
2020 Nissan Murano
|7 passengers||Standard seating||5 passengers|
|2 (185 – 290)||Engine options (horsepower range)||1 (260)|
|6-speed auto, 8-speed auto (both with Sportmatic®)||Transmission||CVT|
|2,000 lbs. – 5,000 lbs.||Towing capacity||1,500 lbs.|
|44.1 inches / 39.4 inches||Legroom (first row / second row)||40.5 inches / 38.7 inches|
|73 cubic feet||Maximum cargo space||67 cubic feet|
|Top Safety Pick + (2019 model)||IIHS safety recommendation||Not recommended by IIHS|
|10 years or 100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||5 years or 60,000 miles|
|$26,690||MSRP starts at||$31,530|
The Kia Sorento is a special SUV. That is apparent when you look at the ability it has to knock down segment leaders like the Nissan Murano. Sure, the Murano isn’t the go-to choice for those wanting a third-row crossover SUV experience, but it falls in the same size class as the better-outfitted Sorento.
From the outside in, the Kia Sorento makes a stronger value proposition. With the 2020 Kia Sorento, you have two engines to choose from, a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine or a powerful V6. With the Nissan Murano, only a V6 is available – an engine, mind, that can’t come close to matching the towing capability of the 2020 Kia Sorento.
Inside, the Kia Sorento offers even more luxury, letting you load up three rows of seats with people or cargo compared to the Murano’s two rows. Additionally, passengers in the first and second row still wind up with more seating room and space to stretch their legs on longer travels. For cargo, you’ll have more than 10% more space compared with the Murano.
Since midsize crossovers are valued for luxury, however, and confidence is a huge luxury to have, the 2020 Kia Sorento delivers. With the 2020 Kia Sorento, you not only get a vehicle that’s a carry-over of the IIHS Top-Safety-Pick+-winning 2019 Kia Sorento, but you also get an engine and powertrain warranty that last twice as many years or nearly twice as many miles.
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