2020 Kia Sorento vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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Safety

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Both the Sorento and the Highlander Hybrid 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, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The Sorento comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Highlander Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sorento 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Highlander Hybrid. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Highlander Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sorento third among midsize suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Highlander Hybrid isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 47 more horsepower (290 vs. 243) than the Highlander Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sorento has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander Hybrid (18.8 vs. 17.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Suspension and Handling

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The Sorento has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Chassis

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The Kia Sorento may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

The Sorento is 5.9 inches shorter than the Highlander Hybrid, making the Sorento easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Sorento has 12.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Highlander Hybrid (154.2 vs. 141.3).

The Sorento has 2.1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more third row headroom and 4 inches more third row legroom than the Highlander Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Sorento’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is limited to 3500 pounds. The Sorento AWD offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Sorento uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Highlander Hybrid uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Sorento offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Sorento SX’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sorento to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sorento, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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