2019 Kia Sorento vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

Witness the Showdown Between These Two Popular SUVs

The demand for SUVs shows no signs of slowing down, which is completely understandable considering the versatility and capability they offer Greenville-area drivers. With the segment only getting more options added, it can be pretty tough to narrow down your choices when it comes time to decide which models deserve your undivided attention. That's why we went ahead and compared two of the more in-demand SUVs in America today, putting our Kia Sorento up against Toyota's Highlander. Read on to see how things turned out.


We compared entry-level models of each SUV, in an attempt to keep things on a like-for-like basis. With that being the case, it becomes evident early that the Kia Sorento delivers the much better value by offering Pendleton SC area car shoppers a starting MSRP that's more than $5,000 less than that of the base Highlander. Considering that typical repair costs are lower for the Sorento than they are for the Highlander, and you can see how quickly the savings add up for Kia owners.

Interior Space

This is always a major consideration when you're looking at buying an SUV. After all, you want to make sure that you have enough room for your family to spread out comfortably, and you definitely need every advantage when it comes to loading and unloading -- especially if you're in the school pickup lane. The Sorento boasts 9.3 more cubic feet of interior passenger volume than the Highlander manages, and also features a handy switch that automatically lowers the second-row seats. The Highlander doesn't offer automatic folding seats, making it more difficult to switch from seating to additional cargo space.


The standard engines are remarkably alike when it comes to their power output, with them creating the same horsepower metrics and the Highlander enjoying a small advantage in torque. However, the Sorento bests the Highlander when it comes to standard max towing and payload capacities, making it the better choice when it comes to taking your big boy toys out for a weekend adventure away from Anderson SC.

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While each introductory-level SUV comes equipped with many of the features you want, such as variable speed intermittent wipers, heated outside mirrors, auto-off headlights, auxiliary audio input, and privacy glass, the Sorento does offer one standard feature that's not available on the base Highlander -- and it's a popular one. Your Sorento comes with the advantage and convenience of Apple CarPlay&#0153 and Android Auto&#0153 smartphone connectivity, while the Highlander leaves that handy feature out completely.


The Kia Sorento comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic new car limited warranty, 10-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty, and 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance coverage. In comparison, the Highlander is only protected by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic new car warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a 2-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan. This leaves you responsible for any repair expenses much earlier if you choose the already more expensive Highlander.

The 2019 Kia Sorento is Waiting for You at Kia of Anderson

We think you'll agree that the Sorento is the much smarter choice of these two SUVs, since you can get everything you want and save a bundle at the same time. We invite you to make the easy drive southeast from Clemson SC when you have the free time to take one out for a spin and speak with our team. We look forward to helping you find your ideal Sorento!


When it comes down to it is clear that the 2018 Kia Sorento is truly the best option available to you! Thanks to the combination of performance, comfort, and design this SUV will make sure you get something that you have dreamed of for your family. Come on over to Kia of Anderson in Pendleton, SC today and see why this midsize SUV will stand out. No matter if you drive in the Pendleton, SC area or the Greenville, SC area, there is nothing like a 2018 Kia Sorento to make driving on these roads more enjoyable. See you soon!


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