2020 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

2020 Kia Sorento
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Kia Sorento competes against some heavy hitters.

Chief among its rivals are the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, which both do almost everything well.

The Toyota’s biggest asset is its compact car-rivaling hybrid fuel economy, while the Pilot delivers unmatched interior space and flexibility.

For enthusiastic drivers, the Dodge Durango is the first and last stop to make.

Its optional V-8 is unmatched, but this big SUV comes up short in interior space and refinement.

The Nissan Pathfinder comes loaded with safety gear and is available at big discounts, but it lacks the precise driving feel of the Kia.

Of course the Ford Explorer is on your shopping list—your parents probably had one in 1992.

The latest model brings excellent road manners and interior space to the fore, as well as a hybrid model for the first time.

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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2020 Kia Sorento skimps on third-row seating, but in all other respects it’s a more than respectable crossover SUV.
5.7
The 2020 Dodge Durango takes on family crossover SUVs with brute strength, and some old-school compromises.
7.0
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
6.3
The 2020 Honda Pilot is a three-row family crossover at the top of its class.
6.2
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder three-row crossover steers into the middle lane among rivals with just-enough for most families.
7.2
The 2020 Toyota Highlander puts practicality above all else, but handling and styling make worthwhile cameos.
MSRP From     
$26,990$30,795$32,765$31,650$31,980$34,600
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
L FWDSXT RWDBase RWDLX 2WDFWD SL FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
757878
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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