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2018 Kia Sorento vs Toyota Highlander

Like any segment of the market these days, ambitious upstarts are challenging the established manufacturers to woo buyers to new models--and they're doing a great job. You can see this process in action in this comparison, as the Toyota Highlander stands toe-to-toe with the Kia Sorento.

2018 Kia Sorento vs Toyota Highlander

Styling: Kia Sorento

If you're looking for an attractive crossover that looks just the way an SUV should, but also one that blends in nicely in your neighborhood, you won't do much better than the Kia Sorento. Rather than being flashy or gimmicky, the Sorento goes down a mature, sober, and upscale path with soft sculpting and tasteful levels of chrome trim.

The Highlander had some major upgrades last year, but Toyota probably should have done more to upgrade the exterior styling. The Highlander looks a lot like a scaled-down version of the Land Cruiser which, although an extremely capable vehicle, isn't exactly a looker these days.

Features and Equipment: Kia Sorento

Kia strikes a nice balance with the Sorento between good levels of standard equipment and a decent amount of options to upgrade and customize the Sorento to your particular needs. Base models offer power features, AM/FM/XM/CD audio, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and a rearview camera. Since you probably won't see many on dealer lots, the LX model adds the likes of USB ports, an acoustic-glass windshield, automatic headlights, and a roof rack all as standard on top of those features.

The Toyota Highlander offers a similar level of standard features, but it also comes with a third-row seat, even in the entry model, which the Sorento doesn't. The Sorento does offer a third-row option, however, and the base-level Highlander costs nearly $4K more than the Sorento.

Power and Performance: Toyota Highlander

All the midsize crossover bases are pretty much covered by the three available engines in the Kia Sorento. The base 2.4-liter is only offered in the entry level L trim, so the recently introduced 240 horsepower turbo-four is likely to be considered the standard engine in most cases. That just leaves the V-6 to complete the lineup, which with 290 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque is also worth considering.

The base 2.7-liter inline-four in the Highlander is also reserved for the entry level model, so that leaves a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 295 horsepower as the only alternative to the base engine. That V-6 comes mated to an excellent eight-speed automatic transmission that's more contemporary than the six-speed in the Sorento, so this round has to go to the Toyota, but only just.

Fuel Economy: Kia Sorento

These reasonably substantial vehicles will likely be bought by families, so fuel economy will be a consideration. The best EPA ratings the Sorento can manage come from base models with front-wheel drive, which are 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined.

With figures of 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined, the Highlander isn't too far behind the Sorento. But that's not good enough, so the Kia Sorento takes the final round.

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The Toyota Highlander has been a mainstay of the crossover segment for a while now, and it still performs its duties well. Unfortunately for the Toyota, the Highlander is starting to look a little aged, especially at the side of a model like the 2018 Kia Sorento. The Sorento does everything buyers want from a model of this type, in a more modern, stylish, and value-focused way than the Toyota can manage.

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