2019 Toyota Highlander LE gray

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 KIA Sorento L

2019 Kia Sorento

83.7 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Room

73.0 cubic feet

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control


Pre-Collision System


2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Kia Sorento

Compare the Toyota Highlander vs. Kia Sorento and you’ll quickly see how a class-leading model like the Highlander distances itself from the competition on Homestead and North Miami Beach drives. Just check out how they compare on:

  • Power and Performance
  • Interior Space
  • Safety Technology

Highlander vs. Sorento: Power and Performance

As three-row SUVs, both the Toyota Highlander and the Kia Sorento offer available V6 power, but the Highlander is a little more potent:

  • Toyota Highlander V6: Up to 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. Edmunds.com measured zero to 60 mph in just 7.9 seconds.
  • Kia Sorento V6: Up to 290 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. Edmunds.com measured zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds.

Both models offer similar towing capabilities, but Edmunds.com has mentioned that the Toyota’s “midrange power is commendable and good for passing and merging.” In contrast, the Kia’s V6 “feels soft at the low end, with less yank when you punch it.” Drivers should also note that the 2019 Toyota Highlander is available as a hybrid with superior fuel economy. The Sorento is not offered with a hybrid powertrain.

2019 Toyota Highlander Red

Highlander vs. Sorento: Interior Space

Both the Toyota Highlander and the Kia Sorento offer seating across three rows, but only the Toyota can make room for up to eight passengers. The Kia Sorento maxes out at seven, and its cargo dimensions lag behind as well:

  • Cargo Space Behind the 3rd Row: Up to 13.8 cubic feet in the Toyota vs. 11.3 cubic feet in the Kia
  • Cargo Space Behind the 2nd Row: Up to 42.3 cubic feet in the Toyota vs. 38 cubic feet in the Kia
  • Cargo Space Behind the 1st Row: Up to 83.7 cubic feet in the Toyota vs. 73.0 cubic feet in the Kia.

Whether you’re traveling with a cabin full of passengers in Sunny Isles Beach, or running errands in Miami Gardens, you’ll find the Toyota Highlander to be much more capable.

Highlander vs. Sorento: Safety Features

The Toyota Highlander takes your safety seriously, so it fits the following advanced driver assistance technologies as standard across all trims:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

Although the Kia Sorento is also available with advanced driver assistance features, drivers will have to upgrade to a pricier trim level in order to enjoy that same peace of mind.

The Toyota Highlander Outpaces the Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento feels underpowered, underequipped, and undersized next to a new Toyota Highlander for sale today. The Ford Explorer is also no match for the Toyota Highlander! Find out more about the excellent coverage provided by the Highlander warranty. To see how three-row SUVs should be done, to explore the used Toyota Highlander, or to schedule your test drive, visit us at Toyota of North Miami.

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