The 2020 Kia Sorento and Nissan Murano are both midsize crossovers, and both have numerous upsides. However, it's important to thoroughly review each vehicle before you make your purchasing decision.

By putting these two vehicles side by side and comparing their specs and features, our Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg team makes it easy for you to see which of these models is best for your commute around Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, PA.   


2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Nissan Murano

Max Horsepower



Max Towing Capacity

5,000 Pounds

1,500 pounds

Standard EPA-Estimated MPG

22 city/29 highway1

20 city/28 highway

Max Cargo Space

73 cubic feet

67 cubic feet


Up to 7

Up to 5 

How Much Space Is Inside the Sorento vs Murano?

The first big difference you'll notice is the amount of room provided inside the Kia Sorento vs. Nissan Murano. If you need plenty of room for passengers when it's your turn to carpool to practice, or need space for family road trips, the 2020 Sorento is the better of the two options. That's because its cabin has three rows of seating, which can comfortably fit seven passengers. The Nissan Murano is more limited in terms of cabin space since it has just five seats among its two rows.

As the driver, you'll also get a great deal of personal space inside the Kia Sorento. Up front, there's 40.5 inches of legroom in the 2020 Murano, while the 2020 Kia Sorento supplies its front seats with over 44 inches of legroom.

Read more about the Kia Sorento interior!

Packing Up All Your Cargo

On top of that, each of these models provides you with room to move furniture, carry everyone's luggage, and bring home other items you picked up while out shopping. The 2020 Sorento offers a little more space and versatility, though, when you need to carry bigger items or more supplies.

You can use up to 73 cubic feet of interior volume for cargo inside the Sorento. At most, you can fit 67 cubic feet of cargo inside the Nissan Murano. You can also bring along bigger equipment with either model, thanks to their towing capabilities.

With the Nissan Murano, you can pull along up to 1,500 pounds. The 2020 Kia Sorento can be configured to tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds, which means you can bring your camper with you on your trip or load up supplies on your trailer for your next big home improvement project. They each also have available roof rails, which lets you carry more cargo on top of each of these models.

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A Look Under the Hood of the 2020 Sorento vs Murano

The Murano and Sorento each feature a V6 engine. When you take a closer look at these two similar powertrains, you'll notice a slight difference in output.

The 3.5L V6 engine in the Nissan Murano creates 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. More power, which equates to more towing strength and quick acceleration, is found with the 2020 Kia Sorento. Its available 3.3L V6 engine generates up to 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque.

Of course, you can also stick with the standard I-4 engine in the Sorento if you're looking for the most efficient drive possible. This gives the Kia Sorento an EPA-estimated 22 city/29 highway MPG.1 The best gas mileage the 2020 Murano provides is 20 city/28 highway MPG.

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Amenities that Make Your Ride Even More Comfortable

While the space in the Kia Sorento plays a big part in what makes this crossover a comfortable ride, there are also many other features you can get that enhance your overall driving experience.

While each model has an available power driver's seat, the one in the 2020 Sorento can be moved 14 different ways and includes a power seat cushion extender and 4-way power lumbar support. The Murano only offers its 10-way power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support.

While each also offers leather seats, they both come standard with cloth seating. These cloth seats are protected in the Kia Sorento from spills and stains, thanks to the YES Essential® fabric treatment.

2020 Sorento vs 2020 Murano: Safety Ratings

You'll feel confident as you drive knowing there are various systems at work to help keep you safe in both the Kia Sorento and Nissan Murano. While each model also received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating form the NHTSA, only the 2020 Kia Sorento was named a 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK by the IIHS when equipped with the available Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system and LED headlights.

That's the kind of peace of mind you want each time you head out on the roads. Part of what helps the 2020 Sorento get such high safety ratings is its high-strength steel structures, sophisticated systems that help give you great stability and stopping power, and its dedication to child safety with its LATCH system and advanced airbag system.

Read more about the Kia Sorento safety ratings!

Driver-Assistive Features

Also what aids in helping you enjoy a safe and confident drive while behind the wheel are all the driver-assistive features you can get in the 2020 Kia Sorento. While each of these models has available features that can scan your blind spot and let you know if there's a car approaching that you might not be able to see, the Kia Sorento takes things a step further.

Its available Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance is able to apply the brakes if you don't see a vehicle in the adjacent lane while you start to change over into the other lane. This way you can stay in your lane and let them pass before safely merging over into the other lane.

Want to Test Out the Kia Sorento?

By seeing the Kia Sorento vs. Nissan Murano more closely, you get a sense of just how spacious the 2020 Sorento is and the balanced performance it provides. Along with that, you also see how all its features can help provide you with a fun and safe drive around Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

All that's left to do is come take a ride in the 2020 Sorento for yourself to see if this is truly the crossover for you! Contact us at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg today to schedule a test drive.


1EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition. These estimates reflect EPA's revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.


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