2019 Kia Sorento vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

Are you researching new midsize SUV models in hopes of finding the right one to add to your daily routine? Let Youngblood Kia in Ozark, MO help by comparing two of the most popular options, with our 2019 Kia Sorento vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander model head-to-head assessment.

For this guide, we'll look at the 2019 Kia Sorento LX V6, starting at $31,290 MSRP, and the 2019 Toyota Highlander LE, which starts at $31,330 MSRP. After reading, don't hesitate to reach out to the team at our Kia dealership near Nixa, MO by calling (866) 825-9532 or filling out our contact form.


For an engine that makes zero compromises, the only choice is the Kia Sorento. The 3.3L V6 under the hood of the Sorento offers superior outputs across the board. Read through the chart below to see how the Kia engine stacks up against the Highlander's 2.7 four-cylinder option.

Kia Sorento LX V6


Toyota Highlander LE

3.3L V6


2.7L I4

290 HP


185 HP

252 lb.-ft.


184 lb.-ft.

Up to 3,500 lbs.

Towing Capacity

Up to 1,500 lbs.

19 city / 26 highway

Fuel Economy

20 city / 24 highway


You and your family deserve to enjoy the time spent in your new SUV. While either of these vehicles will get you to your destination, the trip in the 2019 Sorento is far more desirable. When you opt for the Kia Sorento, you'll find the following features that aren't available in the Highlander LE:

  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support
  • 40/20/40 sliding & auto-folding 2nd-row seats
  • 50/50 split-folding 3rd-row seats
  • Interior accent illumination

2019 Kia Sorento Interior


Tech upgrades can elevate any vehicle to the next level. To equip the latest and greatest technology in your compact crossover, the 2019 Sorento is perfect for you. The Highlander tech suite doesn't compare. Features you'll only find with the Sorento LX V6 include:

  • UVO play with 7-in. touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity

2019 Kia Sorento Infotainment display


Both of these midsize SUVs are equipped with upgrades that will provide you with peace of mind behind the wheel. The Highlander comes furnished with the responsive Toyota Safety Sense™ system, but our experts think that you'll be more impressed with the safety package of the 2019 Sorento. Standard and available features in the Kia Sorento include:

  • Rear camera display
  • Blind spot collision warning
  • Rear cross traffic collision warning
  • Available reverse park distance warning

2019 Kia Sorento Models near Nixa, MO

If the sleek, strong, and adaptive Kia Sorento has piqued your interest, you can browse all of the models available at Youngblood Kia in our Sorento inventory, or learn more about this crossover SUV on our Sorento model hub. If you still have questions about the Kia Sorento and Toyota Highlander differences that weren't answered here, please call (866) 825-9532 and we'd be happy to help.

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