2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

white 2018 Kia Sorento next to a blue 2018 Toyota Highlander in a comparison image

Drivers looking for an attractive midsize crossover may be interested in one of the models in this 2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison. Each one offers valuable interior space and technology good for both individuals and families.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is a larger midsize model that can seat up to eight passengers. It has more possible cargo space than the 2018 Kia Sorento. However, it pays for that larger space when it comes to both the starting price and mileage. While families with regular eight-passenger transportation requirements may need to opt for the Highlander, those who want to save money on the initial purchase and when filling up at the gas station may want to opt for the attractively-priced and more fuel-efficient 2018 Kia Sorento. This midsize crossover also comes with attractive features like SiriusXM prep, premium cloth upholstery, and four power outlet options.

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2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Toyota Highlander
$25,900 Starting MSRP $31,030
5-7 Seating 7-8
2.4-L 4-cylinder (185 hp) Base Engine 2.7-L 4-cylinder (185 hp)
21/28 mpg* Base Mileage (city/highway) 20/24 mpg

Engine Options and Features on the 2018 Kia Sorento

In this 2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison, the Kia midsize crossover not only has a lower starting price and better fuel economy, but it offers more engine options. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine on the 2018 Kia Sorento is rated for 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, whiel the base 2.7-liter four-cylinder on the 2018 Toyota Highlander has the same horsepower and a slight increase in torque. The 2018 Toyota Highlander is available with one additional engine option: a 3.5-liter V-6. The 2018 Highlander also has a hybrid powertrain equipped with an engine with this same displacement. However, the 2018 Kia Sorento is available with two gasoline engine options in addition to its base engine. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated for 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque is available only on the 2018 Kia Sorento EX trim, while a 3.3-liter V-6 that delivers 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque is available on EX, SX, and SX Limited models.

The 2018 Kia Sorento can tow 2,000 pounds with its base engine (which is more than is available with the four-cylinder on the 2018 Toyota Highlander) and offers attractive safety features ranging from a standard rearview camera to available parking assistance, blind-spot detection, smart cruise control, and forward collision warnings with autonomous emergency braking. To learn more about this Kia vehicle in the Daphne AL area, contact Team Gunther Kia today.

*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.


rear view of a white 2018 Kia Sorento
seven-passenger seating available in the 2018 Kia Sorento
steering wheel, navigation and dashboard of the 2018 Kia Sorento
2018 Kia Sorento detecting the vehicle in front of it with driver assistance features