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Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

In comparing the Kia Sorento to the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the Kia Sorento has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Kia Sorento versus the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a better car than the Kia Sorento.

Kia Sorento versus Toyota Highlander Hybrid Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Kia Sorento ranges from $19,995 to $33,965 while a used Toyota Highlander Hybrid from the same model year range is priced between $33,999 to $48,998. For a new model, the Kia Sorento's price is between $31,655 and $46,556, with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid priced between $42,400 and $55,476.

Kia Sorento versus Toyota Highlander Hybrid Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Kia Sorento is 7.8 out of 10 while the Toyota Highlander Hybrid's quality rating is 9.2 out of 10. This results in the Kia Sorento being ranked 14 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid being ranked 1 out of 21 Best Hybrid SUVs.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Kia Sorento’s base engine makes 191 horsepower, and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid base engine makes 243 horsepower. The Sorento is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 513 miles. The Highlander Hybrid is rated to deliver an average of 36 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 599 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid has the advantage of offering more front head room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Kia Sorento, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room and rear leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Kia Sorento has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity, while the Toyota Highlander Hybrid has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Kia Sorento and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Kia Sorento has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Kia Sorento

2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$31,655 - $46,556

Used Asking Price:

$19,995 - $33,965

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.5%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$42,400 - $55,476

Used Asking Price:

$33,999 - $48,998

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

43.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.8 / 10

Reliability:

7.8 / 10

Retained Value:

6.7 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

9.2 / 10

Reliability:

9.2 / 10

Retained Value:

8.3 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 25
3 / 31
14 / 25
14 / 25
14 / 15
17 / 61
17 / 31
18 / 31
18 / 31
18 / 21
19 / 25
22 / 28
26 / 61
31 / 61
39 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 21
1 / 21
1 / 21
1 / 1
17 / 21

Summary Review

Kia’s Sorento is a two- or three-row crossover SUV on sale since 2015 in its outgoing generation. It is built in West Point, Georgia. All-new for 2021, shoppers in the midsize SUV segment should give the Sorento a fresh look.

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Summary Review

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the hybrid version of the Toyota Highlander, which is among the best-selling, top-rated SUVs in the 3-row segment.

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Pros and Cons

  • Available in past years with two or three rows of seats
  • High safety scores

  • 2020 and older models showing their age
  • Smaller than many midsize vehicles in this segment
  • Past models had low reliability scores

Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • No disappointing base engine
  • Legendary reliability
  • Full suite of standard safety features

  • Poorly-rated headlights on L, LE, and XLE trims
  • Third row legroom less than competition

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Hybrid

Trim Levels

LX, EX, X-Line EX, SX, SX Prestige, X-Line SX Prestige, S, X-Line S

Trim Levels

Limited, Bronze Edition, LE, Platinum, XLE

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

181 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.051 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

243 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

Not yet available

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.056 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 29 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

425 / 513 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

36 / 35 / 36

Range (city/hwy):

616 / 599 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Cargo Space:

12.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

75.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

121.3 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.7 inches

Cargo Space:

16 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

84.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

157.8 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3715 lbs

Width:

74.8 inches

Height:

66.7 inches

Length:

189 inches

Wheelbase:

110.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4330 lbs

Width:

76 inches

Height:

68.1 inches

Length:

194.9 inches

Wheelbase:

112.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R18