2021 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

2021 Kia Sorento
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2020 Kia Sorento is a smaller three-row crossover than some on this list, mostly because its bigger-sibling Telluride competes for many of the same buyers.

The Explorer is newer and bigger, and pricey.

The Traverse is aging, but still offers good space and a large third row.

The Pathfinder is closer to the Sorento in size but is aged and due for a replacement soon.

The Pilot is a perennial favorite, although it lacks some tech that others offer.

The Highlander is new and also offers a frugal hybrid powertrain.

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Quick Specs
The 2021 Kia Sorento crossover finds a new look but the same mission: it’s the smaller hauler compared to the Telluride.
5.8
The 2020 Chevy Traverse is a three-row family mainstay with plentiful interior space.
6.8
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
6.5
The 2020 Honda Pilot is a three-row family crossover at the top of its class.
6.3
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder three-row crossover steers into the middle lane among rivals with just-enough for most families.
6.8
The 2020 Toyota Highlander puts practicality above all else, but handling and styling make worthwhile cameos.
MSRP From     
N/A$29,800$32,765$31,650$31,680$34,600
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AGas V6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
N/ASport Utility VehiclesStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
N/AFWD 4-Door LBase RWDLX 2WDFWD SL FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A87878
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/ASport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
N/AAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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