Kia Sorento vs. Murano


2016 Sorento

The 2016 Sorento is a midsize crossover SUV that boasts good reliability, functionality, and durability. The vehicle is bigger in size offering more space for storage and accommodation, but offers great maneuverability and handling on the toughest of corners and weather conditions. The SUV even comes equipped with plenty of high-tech features, offering technologies like an all-around view camera and adaptive cruise control for maximum safety while driving

2016 Murano

Sold by Nissan since 2002, the Murano is a midsize crossover SUV based on the first-generation Altima. Currently in its third-generation with Nissan releasing the 2016 model, the Murano tends be incredibly smooth, quiet, and comfortable. It is a stylish choice for those who are fond of sportiness, but require a vehicle for travelling with family. Offering a classy interior design, very quiet cabin, superb ride quality, and a dramatic exterior, the car gives a tough competition to others in the marketplace.


Buyers of the 2016 Kia Sorento have multiple drivetrain options available to personalize and enhance their driving experience. The first is a 2.4-liter DOHC, 16-valve I-4 that produces an amazing 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm, while delivering 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. The second is a 2.0-Liter Turbo Engine, which generates 240 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450 rpm. If its power you’re craving though, you can choose the 3.3 liter, DOHC, 24-valve V6 that offers 5,000-pound towing capacity and produces 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque.

Although the 2016 Murano may be appealing in terms of interior and exterior design, it fails to provide versatility to buyers concerning performance. The SUV is offered with only one engine option, which is a 3.5-Liter V6 that produces 240 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm and 260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and delivers 21 MPG in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The 2.0-Liter Turbocharged engine from Sorento offers better performance and fuel-efficiency than this V6 engine.


The 2016 Sorento boasts one of the most stylish interiors. The crossover SUV is redesigned to be adaptive, sleek, and strong to your needs and has elegantly been sculpted to be more comfortable, offer better cabin space, and utilize intuitive features for easy access and control of the SUVs important controls. Best part of all: each of these new improvements in the cabin has a distinctive appeal, which separates it from the competition. For instance, there are new finely crafted leather seats, wheels, a wraparound dashboard, and large knobs for vehicles’ features.

Nissan has put a lot of effort and time into transforming the 2016 Murano’s interior into something luxurious and comfortable. Accommodating 5 passengers with “zero gravity” seats that have four outboard seating positions, passengers can feel relaxed for the longest of journeys. Storage space is quite less compared to the Sorento. However, if you want to store extra items, you always have the ability of flipping the rear seat flat, which then offers 65 cubic-feet of space for storing large items.


The exterior proves to be more sculpted and sleeker of the 2016 Sorento as compared to traditional counterparts and the crossover SUV has a longer wheelbase and wider stance overall to provide a more versatile and spacious cabin that offers seating for up to seven passengers.  Other updated elements like long swept-back Projector Beam Headlights, a larger signature tiger-nose grille, and new aluminum wheels ( with sizes ranging from 17-inches to 19-inches) further boost the exterior beauty of the vehicle delivering a sophisticated and captivating style that doesn’t compromise even on the smallest of details.

Nissan designers have successfully managed to counter the chunky, heavy look of traditional SUVs with the 2016 Murano. The vehicle boasts amazing looks with the front end featuring a brand-new V-motion grille with diagonals flaring outward from the Nissan logo and leading edge of the bumper. Up top, Nissan has even added a “floating” roof that features a wonderful combination of a curved roofline with floating aesthetic. The side-body sculpting is also very beautiful and visually appealing, featuring more aerodynamic cues and sharp lines.


The base L model of the 2016 Kia Sorento comes equipped with a tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise controls, USB port, Bluetooth Connectivity, air condition, and seating for five. LX models add/upgrade to the standard features with sound-deadening windshield glass, UVO infotainment system, and a backup camera. A new hands-free Smart Power Liftgate feature senses your smart key and automatically opens up, allowing you to efficiently load/ unload cargo.

Base models of the Nissan Murano come equipped with NissanConnect with Mobile Apps, steering-wheel audio and cruise controls, speed-sensitive volume control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, AM/FM/CD audio with MP3/WMZ CD capability and six speakers, rear seatbacks with center armrest, three 12-volt outlets, tilt/telescoping steering column, dual-zone automatic climate control, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start, Rearview Monitor, Bluetooth, and Drive-Assist Display with a 7-inch screen.


The 2016 Kia Sorento is one of the safest midsize crossover SUVs available in the marketplace. The vehicle earns top-notch safety ratings from all US crash test federations. IIHS has given the vehicle the Top Safety Pick status and NHTSA has given the car five-star ratings in overall safety. The Sorento even features plenty of safety equipment, which includes side-curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags with rollover sensors, hill start assist, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and front active headrests.

In the IIHS crash tests, the Murano earned the best rating (Good) in all five categories. NHTSA has also given the vehicle a perfect five-star rating, earning five stars in most crash tests including frontal, side, and rear with the exception of rollover tests in which the vehicle earned four stars. Advanced safety features added to the SUV include Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), Forward Collision Warning, Blind-Spot Monitoring and automatic emergency braking.

So, which car should you buy? Based on the comparative analysis above, the 2016 Sorento offers more value to buyers than the 2016 Murano. Buy the vehicle from Allentown Kia today!

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