We at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg know what SUV shoppers are looking for in their next vehicle. SUV drivers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle will find what they're looking for in the 2020 Kia Sorento and the Toyota Highlander.

To help you decide which fits better with your routine and lifestyle, we've put together this detailed 2020 Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander comparison. Read ahead to learn how the Sorento and the Highlander stack up against each other when it comes to interior space, performance, advanced features, and more!

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Toyota Highlander

Standard Passenger Volume

154.2 cubic feet

141.3 cubic feet

Engines Available



All-Wheel Drive



Max Towing Capacity

5,000 pounds

5,000 pounds

Steering-Wheel-Mounted Controls



Kia Sorento vs Toyota Highlander: Overview

As competitively capable SUVs, the Kia Sorento and the Toyota Highlander have quite a bit in common. Each comes equipped with five doors, available all-wheel drivetrain, and 140+ cubic feet of passenger volume in three rows of seating. However, there are a lot of differences between these models. Let's find out how these two SUVs differ.

Kia Sorento Interior Review

2020 Sorento vs 2020 Highlander: Performance

The Sorento offers two engines starting with the standard 2.4-L DOHC 4-cylinder engine. For a more powerful performance, a 3.3L V6 is available. The Highlander, on the other hand, only has one engine: the 3.5L V6. This may limit some drivers' needs for a more powerful engine choice.

Both the Sorento and the Highlander can tow a maximum weight of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped and come available with AWD on all trims, you may have more of a thrilling drive in the 2020 Sorento. Its transmission comes with a Sportmatic® Sports Shifter on every transmission, which transforms your drives when you see fit. Unfortunately, the 2020 Highlander does not offer this feature.

Sorento vs Highlander: Interior

Whether you're driving down the street for groceries or across the state for the weekend, you want to prioritize comfort and convenience. The Kia Sorento delivers both with available features like premium leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Additionally, steering-wheel-mounted controls for audio, hands-free calling, and cruise control come standard on every trim level, making it easy to stay connected while focusing on the road ahead.  

As for the Highlander, you'll have access to available leather and heated front seats, too, as well as an available 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat. However, steering wheel controls are not standard for the Toyota SUV, meaning you'll have to purchase a higher trim to receive such a convenient amenity.

Kia Sorento vs Toyota Highlander: The Verdict

Now that you have a better idea of what these two vehicles have to offer, we hope you're feeling confident about which is a better fit for your lifestyle in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, or Carlisle.

We at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg, however, feel that local drivers will appreciate the 2020 Kia Sorento model's extensive interior space, impressive standard capability, and luxurious interior features. Come experience this Kia vehicle for yourself today by giving us a call and scheduling your test drive!

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