2021 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

2021 Kia Sorento
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The 2021 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.

If you’re checking out the Sorento, take a look across the showroom at the Telluride.

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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#12 in Large SUVs
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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.
5.7
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a big family mover with an update on the way next year.
6.8
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.
6.5
The 2021 Honda Pilot does a solid impression of a minivan, minus the cultural baggage.
7.5
The 2021 Kia Telluride earns our Best Car To Buy nod with its excellent features, warranty, space, and style.
6.8
The 2021 Toyota Highlander learned new tricks to keep us entertained on the road, when we’re not asleep in the back anyway.
MSRP From     
N/A$29,800$32,225$32,250$31,990$34,810
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AGas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium 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 2WDLX FWDL FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A87888
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/ASport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
N/AAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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