Enjoy More Space, Capability, and Comfort with a Midsize Crossover SUV: Toyota Highlander vs. Kia Sorento

Midsize crossover SUVs are some of the most popular models available today because of their ability to be the perfect size for families all over. Crossover SUVs have in turn become some of the most popular models with nearly every automaker offering a model that will fit the needs of more buyers. When you are looking for something that offers performance, capability, and comfort then check out the Toyota Highlander may be the perfect choice for you. But, how can is stack up against a model like the Kia Sorento?

 Toyota Highlander


Toyota Highlander Powertrain Options 

  • 2.7L four-cylinder engine
  • 3.5L V6 engine
  • Hybrid 3.5L V6 engine with an electric motor

Kia Sorento


Kia Sorento Powertrain Options 

  • 2.4L four-cylinder engine
  • 3.3L V6 engine
  • 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine

No engine choice on the Kia Sorento offers more power than the choices for the Toyota Highlander.

  1. The Toyota Highlander is capable of towing up to 5000-pounds when equipped with the 3.5L V6 engine with either front wheel-drive or all-wheel drive. The Kia Sorento can also tow up to 5000-pounds as well, but only when equipped with all-wheel drive.
  2. With a Toyota Highlander you will also enjoy almost an inch more of ground clearance than the Kia Sorento.
  3. If road trips are some of your families favorite times, then the Toyota Highlander is a better choice thanks to the larger fuel tank allowing you to stay on the road longer.

Interior Amenities

  1. The Toyota Highlander offers supple leather seating on more models that it Kia counterpart. Plus, Toyota also offers both heated and ventilated front seats and heated second row seats.
  2. In the Toyota Highlander you have the option of having second row captain's chairs for more space and comfort. The Kia Sorento does not offer this seating configuration.
  3. The Toyota Highlander comes with five total USB ports and multiple power ports while the Kia Sorento can't match that amount of connectivity.
  4. The Toyota Highlander's premium audio system from JBL® is more powerful, balanced, and well-rounded than the Infinity® audio system.

Driver Assist Technology

  1. The Toyota Highlander comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) which features Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control while those features all come at an added cost on the Kia Sorento.
  2. The Toyota Highlander also comes with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking assist sonar, and a downhill assist control that all make your ride safer on and off-road.
  3. The Kia Sorento, while still offering plenty of those features, they are only offered on higher trims and at a higher cost.

Cargo Space and Passenger Space

  1. As a family car the Toyota Highlander is a more spacious and capable model for families with a lot of stuff. Behind the third row the Toyota Highlander has 13.6 cu.-ft. of space, behind the second row there is 42.3 cu.-ft. of space, and with both rows down there is 78.6 cu.-ft. of space.
  2. The Kia Sorento trails in all three parts making this model a less capable model for families.

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Test Drive the New Toyota Highlander in Redding, CA Today!

When you are in the market for a midsize crossover SUV the best choice for buyers just like you is the Toyota Highlander. Come on over to Lithia Toyota of Redding in Redding, CA where drivers in Redding, Chico, Anderson, Red Bluff and Shasta Lake will find the models that they love. Plus, when you shop here you will enjoy the new Toyota Highlander lease and finance specials as well as the ability to apply for financing from home! Come on over today and experience the difference of our dealership will offer. See you soon!

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