2021 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

Green 2021 Kia Sorento and blue 2020 Toyota Highlander

The fourth-generation Kia Sorento is fully redesigned for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Kia Sorento is one of the most highly anticipated Kia SUVs this year and it is a complete knockout. The 2021 Sorento lineup consists of not just traditional gas-powered models but also offers traditional hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. This next-generation Kia SUV is set to hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will join the lineup of Kia vehicles here at Friendly Kia.

The 2021 Kia Sorento has already made a name for itself among the SUV competition. This 2021 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Toyota Highlander comparison guide will show you just how well this Kia outperforms the competition before it has even joined dealership lots. Get a closer look at the 2021 Sorento SUV’s design and performance specs below.

2021 Kia Sorento


2020 Toyota Highlander

2.5-liter GDI 4-cylinder engine Base Engine 3.5-liter V6 engine
8-speed automatic transmission Transmission 8-speed automatic transmission
281 horsepower | 311 pound-feet of torque Maximum Power Specs 295 horsepower | 263 pound-feet of torque
4 available options Engine Options 2 available options
Available Multi-Connection Bluetooth® Not Available
Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid Hybrid Model Options Hybrid

All-New Kia Sorento Jumps Ahead of SUV Competition

The all-new 2021 Kia Sorento is bringing four engine options to the table, giving shoppers a variety of powertrain options. The standard 2.5-liter GDI 4-cylinder engine delivers 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque on the road. Kia estimates this base engine will offer a combined 27 mpg fuel economy, bringing a 2-mpg increase over the previous model.

The available 2.5-liter GDI 4-cylinder turbo engine brings a segment-exclusive 8-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission to deliver 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The other two engine options for the 2021 Kia Sorento are both a 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder Turbo engine, with one being a traditional hybrid setup and the other being a plug-in hybrid setup. The competing 2021 Highlander offers just two engine options for drivers  one traditional gas option and one hybrid option.

The 2021 Sorento brings in a standard 8-inch touchscreen or an available 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. When shoppers opt for the available 10.25-inch option they will receive added features such as haptic feedback buttons and multi-connection Bluetooth®. Additional technology features in the 2021 Sorento include:

  • Available 12.3-inch digital meter cluster
  • Surround View Monitor
  • Blind View Monitor
  • 6 or 8 USB charging ports
  • Split-screen touchscreen functionality
  • UVO link telematics
  • 12-speaker Bose® Premium sound system
  • Wireless smartphone charging

If you are looking for more information on the 2021 Kia Sorento, visit the Friendly Kia blog for updates or contact a member of the Friendly Kia team.