Compare 2012 Kia Sorento vs 2012 Toyota Highlander

2012 Kia Sorento
2012 Toyota Highlander
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2WD 4-Door I4 Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door I4 Base 20 27 $20,530 $21,250
2WD 4-Door I4 LX 21 30 $22,370 $23,150
2WD 4-Door I4-GDI LX 21 30 $22,370 $23,150
2WD 4-Door V6 LX 20 26 $24,110 $24,950
AWD 4-Door I4-GDI LX 21 27 $24,495 $25,350
2WD 4-Door I4-GDI EX 21 30 $24,595 $25,950
AWD 4-Door V6 LX 18 24 $25,750 $26,650
AWD 4-Door I4-GDI EX 21 27 $26,205 $27,650
2WD 4-Door V6 EX 20 26 $26,490 $27,950
AWD 4-Door V6 EX 18 24 $28,100 $29,650
2WD 4-Door V6 SX 20 26 $31,125 $33,150
AWD 4-Door V6 SX 18 24 $32,720 $34,850
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FWD 4-Door I4
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 20 25 $25,783 $28,240
FWD 4-Door V6 18 24 $26,838 $29,395
4WD 4-Door V6 17 22 $28,161 $30,845
FWD 4-Door I4 SE 20 25 $29,987 $32,845
FWD 4-Door V6 SE 18 24 $31,042 $34,000
4WD 4-Door V6 SE 17 22 $32,366 $35,450
FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $32,635 $35,745
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $33,959 $37,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,530
$25,783
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,250
$28,240
Monthly Payment Estimate
$354 / month
$471 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
With the right size, the right gas-mileage numbers, and the right standard features, the 2012 Kia Sorento is an easy recommendation in the crossover class. The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 40.6
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.9 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.3 59.7
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 43.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
142.5 145.7
Front Hip Room (in)
56.3 56.7
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.9
Third Hip Room (in)
- 42.3
Third Head Room (in)
- 36.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
63.7 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.5 7.8
Length, Overall (in)
183.9 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.3 68.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.2 75.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.5 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
37.0 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 19.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 38.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/65R17 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
NA P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/65R17 P245/65R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
165 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1650 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3571 3946
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 19 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.3 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.7L/163
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 187 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
NA Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
169 @ 3750 186 @ 4100
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.70 1.42
Trans Type
6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.59 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 1.90
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.36
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.90 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.30
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Kia Sorento Toyota Highlander
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.55
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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