A New SUV Comparison: 2019 Kia Sorento vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

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If you are in the market for a new SUV, the new Kia Sorento is likely at the top of your list. The standard 3-row, 7-passenger seating, available wireless charging, and available Dynamax™ all-wheel-drive quickly distinguish the new Sorento for sale from other vehicles in its class. To help you see how the 2019 Sorento shines among other mid-size SUVs, let's compare it to the 2019 Toyota Highlander. After you read our 2019 Kia Sorento review, you'll be ready to get behind the wheel. Remember, you can schedule your test drive at Premier Kia of Kenner in advance right here on our website.

To help you decide which new mid-size SUV will take you and your family to New Orleans and back, let's see how the 2019 Kia Sorento compares to the 2019 Toyota Highlander.

The 2019 Sorento offers many exciting features throughout the trim lineup. The base model Kia L boasts by a 2.4L I4 engine under the hood that yields 181-horsepower and an EPA-estimated 22/29 MPG (City/Highway). This new Kia mid-size SUV comes standard with heated outside mirrors, 50/50 split-folding 3rd-row seats, projector beam headlights, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™. Upgrade to a new Sorento LX and gain a rear cross-traffic collision warning, USB charger ports, and blind-spot collision warning.

In the Sorento LX V6, we see a change of engines. In this model Sorento, under the hood is a 3.3L V6 engine that pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission and generates a commanding 290-horsepower. Notable features on this model include sound-absorbing front window glass for a quiet cabin and an available all-wheel-drive system for increased traction on slippery road conditions. With eight trim configurations and multiple engines to choose from, the 2019 Kia Sorento lets you customize your drive to your needs.

Where the Sorento Outshines the Competition

Here at Premier Kia of Kenner, we understand that a new car is a significant purchase. When you lease or finance a new SUV from our local auto dealer, it is an investment that you want to feel good about. When you are choosing an affordable car payment, you want to feel like you made an informed decision. To help you enjoy peace-of-mind with your purchase, we've put assembled this comparison of the 2019 Kia Sorento and 2019 Toyota Highlander.

Many drivers in the New Orleans, Louisiana, area prioritize price and fuel economy when considering their next vehicle. These are two areas where the Sorento outshines the Toyota Highlander. The Sorento outprices the Highlander by over $5,000. The Sorento also gets an EPA-estimated 29 highway MPG while the Highlander comes up short with an EPA-estimated 24 highway MPG.

While the Sorento and Highlander both offer many desirable features, we've put together the side-by-side comparison chart below. After you discover how these two vehicles compare, we think you'll agree that Sorento bests the Highlander in many areas and will be ready to stop by our New Orleans area Kia dealership for a test drive.

2019 Kia Sorento
2019 Toyota Highlander
Kia Sorento L Standard Vehicle Comparison Toyota Highlander LE FWD
$26,290 Estimated Base Price $31,830
29 EPA-estimated highway MPG 24
Standard Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ Not Available
Standard Rear-Camera Display Standard
Standard Navigational System Not Available
Standard Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors Standard
Available Features On The Sorento
Optional Features
Features On The Toyota Highlander
  • LED Headlights
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
  • 19" Alloy Wheels, Chrome
  • Nappa Leather Seat Trim
  • Surround View Monitor (SVM)
  • Heated 2nd-Row Seats
  • 3.3L V6, 290hp
  • 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Available All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Day/night rearview mirror
  • Rear liftgate window defogger
  • Eight cup holders
  • 6.1-inch touch-screen
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Front and rear air conditioning
  • Integrated backup camera
  • Daytime running lights with on/off feature

Financing Your Sorento At Premier Kia of Kenner

As you can see from our comparison of the 2019 Sorento and 2019 Toyota Highlander, both mid-size SUVs possess many attractive qualities, but it's probably the case that you can take home only one. If you are looking for an affordable SUV with many advanced features, it's easy to see which model gives you the most value and costs less. When considering your commute and future road trips, a better highway MPG rating is also a plus. When you are ready to take home one of our new Kia SUVs, our finance team can review the similarities and differences between buying and leasing.

When you are ready to apply for financing, you can start your auto loan right here on our website and see what lease deals and finance offers on new Kia models you qualify for.

Now that you know more about how the Sorento outperforms the competition, you'll want to experience it for yourself. Take the short drive to our local Kia dealership and meet the team of Premier Kia of Kenner in Kenner, Louisiana.

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*Starting MSRP is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for base model trim. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.