2018 Kia Sorento

2019 Kia Sorento

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2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Kia Sorento vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

When comparing the 2019 Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander, many Leland and Carolina Beach area customers will take a look at starting price, performance features, and interior features. But which SUV are you going to take home? Only one of these can come out on top in this mid-size SUV comparison from Coastal Kia!

2019 Kia Sorento


2019 Toyota Highlander

$26,290 MSRP

Starting Price

$31,680 MSRP
2.4L 4-cylinder engine

Engine Configuration

2.7L 4-cylinder engine
185 hp


185 hp
178 lb-ft


184 lb-ft
6-speed automatic transmission


6-speed automatic transmission
22/29 mpg

MPG Rating (city/hwy)

20/24 mpg

Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander: Price

Whether you’re looking at Toyota, Kia, or any other popular brand, you likely have a budget and a price point you’re looking to hit. Well, there’s no competition in this round of our Kia vs. Toyota comparison. The 2019 Kia Sorento has a starting MSRP of $26,290, whereas you’ll have to pay nearly $5,000 more for the 2019 Toyota Highlander, which starts at $31,680.

Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander: Engines & MPG

Another way these two models differ is engine configurations and specs. While both models produce 185 horsepower, this is achieved with different engines. The Sorento comes with a 2.4L 185-hp 4-cylinder engine, and the Highlander gets a 2.7L 185-hp 4-cylinder engine. You can also find the same 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual settings in both models. Despite the fact that the Highlander sports a larger engine, it comes up short in terms of fuel economy. Check out their EPA-estimated MPG ratings below:

  • 2019 Kia Sorento: 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander: 20 mpg city/24 mpg highway

Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander: Features

No matter which model you choose, you’ll find many similar features for the Kia Sorento and Toyota Highlander, such as all-season tires, three-row seating, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a rearview camera, and power heated exterior mirrors. But behind the wheel of the Sorento, you can also get the following features that aren’t available in the Highlander:

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • LED Map and Room Lights
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror w/ HomeLink®
  • UVO eServices w/ Voice-Command Navigation System, 8″ Color Touch-Screen Display, SiriusXM® Traffic, and HD Radio™
  • Harman/Kardon® 10-Speaker Surround Sound Audio w/ Clari-Fi™, External Amplifier, and Subwoofer

Test Drive the New Sorento at Coastal Kia in Wilmington!

Now that you’ve compared the Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander, learn more about the Kia Sorento towing capacity, or check out more SUV comparisons like the Kia Sorento vs. Honda Pilot or Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai Santa Fe. Browse our inventory of new Sorento models for sale to find your favorite. Contact us today to schedule a test drive near North Myrtle Beach and Oak Island, and lock in your favorite Kia Sorento lease deal today.

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