Midsize SUVs are some of the most popular go-to choices for new car buyers nowadays because they’re spacious, versatile and often times they’re rather fuel efficient for their size. These vehicles are the perfect mix between efficiency and performance, which is just one more reason why they’re perfect for growing families. Our team here at Serra Toyota is taking a closer look at the 2016 Toyota Highlander and comparing it to the 2016 Kia Sorento. It’s important to point out that these vehicles are being compared at their base models, so there are additional models available with more features.
The 2016 Toyota Highlander LE is equipped with a larger, more powerful engine than the 2016 Kia Sorento L. Although both of them offer the same horsepower, the 2016 Highlander has more torque, which allows it to perform better on all types of terrain. The 2016 Highlander is capable of towing up to 1,500 pounds, and the 2016 Kia Sorento is able to tow 2,000 pounds. There is room for three extra passengers in the Highlander than in the Sorento, so drivers won’t have to worry about the space available.
|2016 Toyota Highlander LE||VS||2016 Kia Sorento L|
|2.7-liter I-4||Engine||2.4-liter I-4|
|8 passengers||Seating||5 passengers|
|145 cu. ft.||Passenger volume||146 cu. ft.|
When it comes to safety, these midsize SUVs are sure to keep you and all of your passengers safe. Airbags throughout the cabin of both the Highlander and the Sorento will keep everyone protected, but the Highlander also offers front knee airbags for added protection. Remote keyless entry, panic alarms and low tire pressure monitors are standard in both models. The 2016 Toyota Highlander comes with daytime running lights and an optional first aid kit, which are not available in the 2016 Kia Sorento.
Convenience and technology features are packed into these midsize SUVs. Both come standard with heated exterior mirrors, cruise control, floor mats and illuminated vanity mirrors. The 2016 Toyota Highlander comes out on top with additional standard features that are not available in the 2016 Kia Sorento including cargo tie downs, an exterior temperature gauge, a service interval warning and heated front seats.
Those interested in learning more about the 2016 Toyota Highlander are encouraged to contact our team here at Serra Toyota for more information. Drivers looking to get behind the wheel of this new midsize SUV can do so by scheduling a test drive online.