The 2018 Kia Sorento vs Toyota Highlander

If you’re seeking out the right spacious SUV for your family adventures around the Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Clarksville, you’ve got a few options to consider. However, if you’ve set your sites on models like the 2018 Kia Sorento or the Toyota Highlander, you’ve got a tough choice to make. At The Kia Store, we’re here to help you out by taking a closer look at these two SUVs to see how they differ!

Keep reading our Sorento vs. Highlander comparison to see which SUV is right for you!

2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Toyota Highlander Performance & Efficiency

Both the Sorento and the Highlander each offer a few different engine options to accommodate a variety of drivers. The Sorento comes standard with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and the Highlander includes a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine at its base level. Both engines are capable of producing 185 horsepower, but it’s their efficiencies that differ. The Kia Sorento gets an EPA-estimated 21/28 MPG city/highway1 while the Highlander gets 20/24 MPG city/highway. Both offer optional V6 engines to push the power even further.

Interior Space & Comfort

The Kia Sorento is adaptable as both a midsize SUV and a full-sized SUV, alternating a 5-7 passenger seating capacity. The Highlander comes standard as a 7-seater SUV. Both vehicles offer three rows of seating for their respective passengers, and the Kia Sorento has a few advantages in this category. In the middle row, the Sorento has a notable advantage with legroom at 39.4 inches vs. the 38.4 inches of middle legroom in the Highlander. In the third row, the Sorento leads with 36.3 inches of headroom and 31.7 inches of legroom, while the Highlander cramps its third row passengers with 35.9 inches of headroom and only 27.7 inches of legroom.

Sorento vs Highlander Style & Appearance

Both of these SUVs offer stylish appearances, and they even share some similarities. Though when you get closer, you begin to see the notable style differences. From the front end, the Kia Sorento offers a sleek and refined front, complete with a small but pronounced grille. The Toyota Highlander features a somewhat boxy front, with an overpowering grille that just seems too large and out of place. From the profile, the Sorento seems to have a smoother body and outline than the Toyota Highlander. Even though both vehicles offer their unique style, it’s the Sorento that’ll catch your eye.

Deciding Between the Kia Sorento vs Toyota Highlander

Now that you’ve got some more details on these two SUVs and how they compare, you’re closer to making the choice that’s right for you. At The Kia Store, we hope that this comparison provided you with the details that you were looking for to help you see the many advantages that the Sorento has. You can always drop by our dealership to take a closer look and even get behind the wheel to experience it out on the road.


Stop in today or schedule a test drive with us at The Kia Store. We’re proud to help drivers in Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Clarksville choose the vehicle that they’re absolutely happy with.

1 EPA 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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