The All New 2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2017 Toyota Highlander

August 2nd, 2018 by


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There are a lot of similarities between the Kia Sorento and the Toyota Highlander, but it’s the differences that decide which one to get when you’re considering purchasing a new car. Both vehicles perform very well and are close competitors within their small sport utility market. Let us help you pick out the differences between the two cars to find out which one is right for you.


It is important to have space to move inside your vehicle. This makes for a more comfortable and enjoyable ride. The Highlander has the capability of holding 7 passengers, but with having the same interior dimensions as the Kia there is a lot of space compromised when doing this. The 2017 Kia Sorento offers a lot more space per passenger. As far as head space goes they both have about the same available space for the front and back seat passengers.

Driving Specs

The Highlander is 4WD, which gives it more towing capabilities at 5000lbs, but also negatively affects its fuel intake. This, along with the 7 passenger capacity, gives it much worse fuel economy. Without the extra weight, it gets 26/20/22mpg*. The Kia Sorento is 2WD at 28/21/24mpg*, and has as much towing capacity as you would need out of this vehicle market right at 2000lbs.

Our Choice: The 2017 Kia Sorento

Based on fuel efficiency and interior space we would have to recommend the 2017 Kia Sorento. It serves its purpose without sacrificing fuel, and has enough interior space to keep yo comfortable no matter how long the drive is. Stop by Ray Brandt Kia to test drive one. Also, stop by for all of your vehicle needs. We are always happy to help.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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