Posted on June 25, 2021
As families seek more space without the minivan style, the mid-size, three-row SUV segment continues to grow. Drivers want the capability and style of an SUV with the space of a minivan, and the mid-size, three-row SUV class is ready to step up to the challenge.
With bold looks, all-weather handling, and rugged capability, the 2021 Kia Sorento and 2021 Toyota Highlander are two popular choices for drivers in Calgary. While the Highlander has the name recognition, it is easy to see all the advantages that the Sorento has once a side-by-side comparison is done.
The Kia Sorento received a complete redesign for the 2021 model year. Its bolder exterior style draws more attention to itself thanks to new LED taillights and a prominent hexagonal-patterned grille. This new design follows the design of the Sorento's larger mid-size sibling--the Kia Telluride. With more attractiveness, affordability, and capability, the Sorento hit a homerun with this redesign.
The 2021 Toyota Highlander also offers an attractive and sculpted design. However, even though it received a refresh in 2020, the Highlander's looks have changed little over the past several years. More aggressive styling can be found on the new XSE trim level, but otherwise, the Highlander does not stand out from the crowd.
In terms of design, the Kia Sorento wins this category with an all-new look.
The 2021 Kia Sorento offers two different engine options to meet the needs of drivers. The lowest wo trim levels feature a 2.5-litre four-cylinder GDI engine that delivers 191 horsepower while mid- and upper-level trims bring the power with a 281-hp 2.5-litre turbo four-cylinder GDI engine that offers more get-up-and-go for drivers in Calgary.
On the other hand, Toyota offers only one engine option for the 2021 Highlander, which is a 3.5-litre V6 that delivers 295 horsepower.
Starting at $33,995, the 2021 Kia Sorento comes in six model configurations in Calgary and across Canada: LX+, LX Premium, X-Line, EX, EX+, and SX. Every model features all-wheel drive (AWD, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and driver-assist technology such as lane following assist and advanced forward collision avoidance assist.
Starting at $40,450, Toyota offers five model options for the Highlander: L, LE, XLE, XSE, and Limited. The base L model features front-wheel drive (FWD) while the others include AWD. All models include an 8-inch touchscreen and smartphone connectivity, smart key with push button start, heated front seats, Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, and blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert.
In the end, drivers in Calgary will find that the 2021 Kia Sorento offers a better value than the 2021 Toyota Highlander. It will cost drivers an extra $10,000 to get the lowest-priced Highlander with AWD compared to the lowest-priced Kia. With more luxury, more performance, better fuel economy, and more, the 2021 Kia Sorento is the right choice for drivers in Calgary.