2018 Kia Sorento vs Toyota Highlander

We 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 new 2018 Kia Sorento and the 2018 Toyota Highlander.

To help you decide which fits better with your routine and lifestyle, we've put together this detailed 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!

Sorento vs Highlander: Overview

As competitively capable SUVs, the 2018 Kia Sorento and the 2018 Toyota Highlander have quite a bit in common. Each comes equipped with five doors, standard 185 horsepower, an available all-wheel drivetrain, and 145+ cubic feet of passenger volume.

When it comes to accommodating both passengers and cargo at the same time, the Sorento has the upper hand. With all of its seats in use, the Kia Sorento has a whopping 38.8 cubic feet of interior cargo room. In order to have enough seats for everyone in the Highlander, however, you'll have to sacrifice more than half of that with its 13.8 cubic feet of cargo room.

Sorento vs Highlander: Performance

The 2018 Sorento offers three powerful engines starting with the standard 2.4-L DOHC 4-cylinder engine. The 2018 Highlander also offers three engines but is standardly powered by a 2.7-L 4-cylinder engine.

While both the Sorento and the Highlander can tow a maximum weight of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped, the Sorento can do just a bit more with its standard equipment. The base trim of the Sorento can handle up to 2,000 pounds of trailer weight while the Highlander can only haul 1,500 pounds without upgrading.

On the same note, you'll have more access to capabilities like this with the Sorento. This vehicle offers a DynamaxÔ All-Wheel drivetrain on every trim level except the base. To access all-wheel drive in the Highlander, you'll need to opt for one of the top trim levels.

Sorento vs Highlander: Interior Luxury

Whether you're driving down the street for groceries or across the state for the weekend, you want to prioritize comfort and convenience. The 2018 Kia Sorento delivers both with available features like premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

As for the Highlander, you'll have access to available leather, front-seat ventilation, and heated second-row seats. However, you will only have an available 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Additionally, to get all these features together like in the Sorento, you'll need to get one of the higher trim levels.

2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 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 2018 Kia Sorento's extensive interior space, impressive standard power, and luxurious interior features. Come experience this vehicle for yourself today by giving us a call and scheduling your test drive!

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