2019 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2019 Kia Sorento

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Outlander and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.


The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Sorento’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).


The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 39 more horsepower (224 vs. 185) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (215 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Outlander gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento:







4 cyl./Auto

25 city/30 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

4 cyl./Auto




19 city/26 hwy



4 cyl./Auto

24 city/29 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

4 cyl./Auto


GT V6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

19 city/24 hwy



The Outlander has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Sorento doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Outlander stops much shorter than the Sorento:





60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Outlander’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento L/LX’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Sorento’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.2 feet). The Outlander’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Sorento AWD’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (8.5 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the Kia Sorento.

The Outlander is 4.2 inches shorter than the Sorento, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Outlander has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sorento doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.


The Outlander’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sorento’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Outlander ES/SE’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sorento’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Outlander’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Outlander has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Sorento and isn’t available on the Sorento L.

The Outlander’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Sorento L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Outlander SEL/GT’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sorento’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Outlander owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander with a number “1” insurance rate while the Sorento is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Sorento, including $168 less for a muffler, $43 less for a timing belt/chain and $244 less for a power steering pump.

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