Are you and your family looking for a midsize crossover with room for family and friends? The 2021 Toyota Highlander is a world-class competitor in the class that promises to be tough to beat at Downeast Toyota. Find out how the Toyota Highlander stacks up against the brand-new Kia Sorento in this detailed 2021 Toyota Highlander vs 2021 Kia Sorento comparison.
Families who have their hearts set on the 2021 Toyota Highlander will have six trim levels to choose from – L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum – with a price tag that starts at $34,810. Toyota Highlander Hybrid entries are available in four grades – Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE, Hybrid Limited and Hybrid Platinum – with a base price that starts at $38,410. Highlander models make room for eight passengers in standard formats and make room for seven passengers with available second-row Captain’s Chairs. The Kia Sorento makes room for seven in base trim levels and six passengers with second-row Captain’s Chairs.
2021 Toyota Highlander
2021 Kia Sorento
|295-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6
||Base Engine||191-Horsepower 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder
|7 - 8 Passengers||Passenger Space||6 - 7 Passengers|
Bangor-area car shoppers want to know – what are the differences between the Toyota Highlander and the Kia Sorento? Find the right fit with this in-depth 2021 Toyota Highlander vs 2021 Kia Sorento comparison that will highlight power, performance, technology, features and more. Contact the Downeast Toyota team today to schedule a test drive in the 2021 Toyota Highlander!
Power to the 2021 Toyota Highlander is supplied by a standard 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission to make 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD is available to upgrade winter performance. Kia Sorento models come standard with a 191-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission to make 24 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
To upgrade fuel economy, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid employs a 243-horsepower 2.5-liter Toyota Hybrid System that pairs with Electronic On-Demand AWD and a Continuously Variable Transmission to earn 35 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The Kia Sorento is available with a trio of additional powertrains – a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 1.6-liter Turbo Hybrid and a 1.6-liter Turbo Plug-In Hybrid – which cannot match the power of the 3.5-liter V-6 Toyota Highlander.
Technology will set the Toyota Highlander apart from its Kia Sorento counterpart in this debate and it starts with a suite of Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 safety features that will help keep you safe on your day-to-day adventures. The Toyota Highlander keeps families entertained and connected with an 8-inch Toyota Entune™ 3.0 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa and Wi-Fi Connect capabilities that can be upgraded with a best-in-class 12.3-inch Toyota Entune™ touchscreen display. Additional highlights include an 11-speaker JBL® sound system, a Qi wireless charging system, premium leather upholstery, a Panoramic View Moonroof, a power liftgate, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 10-inch Head-Up Display and more.