2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Kia Sorento

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Safety

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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, daytime running lights, 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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander is safer than the Kia Sorento:

Outlander

Sorento

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

794 lbs.

818 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

45 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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

Engine

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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

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

Outlander

Sorento

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/30 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

19 city/26 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/29 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

3.0 V6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

Transmission

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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

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The Outlander stops much shorter than the Sorento:

Outlander

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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

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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.

Chassis

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The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 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

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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.

Ergonomics

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The Outlander’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sorento’s parking brake has to released manually.

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’ 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 manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Outlander SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Outlander SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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.

On extremely cold winter days, the Outlander’s optional (except ES/SE/LE/SP) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sorento doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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

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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 $176 less for a muffler, $44 less for a timing belt/chain and $246 less for a power steering pump.

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