2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2019 Kia Sorento

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Safety

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The 4Runner has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sorento doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The 4Runner has standard Safety Connect™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the 4Runner and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

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, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Kia Sorento:

4Runner

Sorento

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

41

71

Hip Force

233 lbs.

309 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

89

115

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

381 lbs.

818 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The 4Runner’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Sorento.

There are over 59 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 4Runner’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Kia is ranked fifth.

Engine

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The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 85 more horsepower (270 vs. 185) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota 4Runner is faster than the Kia Sorento 4 cyl.:

4Runner

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The 4Runner has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (23 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 4Runner’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sorento:

4Runner

Sorento

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.3 inches

12 inches

The 4Runner’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sorento are solid, not vented.

The 4Runner stops shorter than the Sorento:

4Runner

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

137 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 4Runner has larger standard tires than the Sorento (245/60R20 vs. 235/65R17). The 4Runner’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (265/70R17 vs. 235/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 4Runner Limited/Nightshade has standard 20-inch wheels. The Sorento’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Kia Sorento only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The 4Runner has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Sorento, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The 4Runner has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Sorento’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road/Venture offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Sorento doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 2.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (9.6 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The 4Runner has 1.9 inches more third row hip room and 4.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Sorento.

4Runner

Sorento

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

73 cubic feet

The 4Runner 5-Passenger’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Sorento doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Sorento’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Payload and Towing

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The 4Runner’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sorento’s (5000 vs. 2000 pounds).

The 4Runner has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Sorento (1625 vs. 1319 lbs.).

The 4Runner has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Sorento (1700 vs. 1503 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 4Runner is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Sorento. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The 4Runner’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.

If the windows are left open on the 4Runner the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the 4Runner’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Sorento’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The 4Runner’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 4Runner’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 4Runner owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 4Runner will cost $225 less than the Sorento over a five-year period.

The 4Runner will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 4Runner will retain 61.48% to 71.13% of its original price after five years, while the Sorento only retains 44.68% to 49.33%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because it costs $381 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the Sorento, including $25 less for a muffler, $23 less for front brake pads, $83 less for front struts and $520 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Sorento has never been chosen.

The Toyota 4Runner outsold the Kia Sorento by 41% during the 2019 model year.

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