Compare 2021 Kia Sorento vs 2022 Subaru Outback

2021 Kia Sorento
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EX AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sorento EX AWD 21 28 $35,503 $36,790
Sorento EX FWD 22 29 $33,766 $34,990
Sorento LX AWD 23 25 $30,099 $31,190
Sorento LX FWD 24 29 $28,362 $29,390
Sorento S AWD 23 25 $32,510 $33,690
Sorento S FWD 24 29 $30,773 $31,890
Sorento SX AWD 21 28 $38,000 $39,790
Sorento SX FWD 22 29 $36,281 $37,990
Sorento SX Prestige FWD 22 29 $38,764 $40,590
Sorento SX Prestige X-Line AWD 21 28 $40,674 $42,590
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CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Outback CVT 26 33 $25,325 $26,945
Outback Limited CVT 26 33 $31,451 $33,595
Outback Limited XT CVT 23 30 $35,451 $37,995
Outback Onyx Edition XT CVT 23 30 $32,875 $35,145
Outback Premium CVT 26 33 $27,410 $29,145
Outback Touring CVT 26 33 $35,034 $37,495
Outback Touring XT CVT 23 30 $37,240 $39,945
Outback Wilderness CVT 22 26 $34,575 $36,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,503
$25,325
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,790
$26,945
Monthly Payment Estimate
$613 / month
$449 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Kia Sorento crossover SUV strikes out in a new styling direction, and brings hybrid and plug-in models along for the adventure. The 2022 Subaru Outback doubles down on rugged credibility with the Wilderness edition.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
36.8 -
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 55.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
53 -
Second Leg Room (in)
41.7 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
55.1 54.8
Passenger Capacity
6 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59 58.1
Third Leg Room (in)
29.6 -
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 39.1
Third Hip Room (in)
42.5 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 42.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 109
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
188.9 191.3
Height, Overall (in)
66.7 66.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.8 108.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.8 73
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 8.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 62.8
Liftover Height (in)
- 28.4
Track Width, Front (in)
- 61.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
38.4 32.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
75.5 75.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
12.6 32.5
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- 43.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 75
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- 45.2
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 32.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 42
Brakes
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.4
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)
12 11.8
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 36.1
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/60HR18 P225/65HR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60HR18 P225/65HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 270
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 270
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2700
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2700
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
3500 2700
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4120 3637
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 17 X 7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 -
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
311 @ 1700 176 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
281 @ 5800 182 @ 5800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 33
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 -
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD CVT w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 0.67
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.43 4.07 - 0.84
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.32 3.90
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.22 -
Trans Type
8 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.97 4.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.22 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.56
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Sorento Subaru Outback
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3 6.1
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