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2021 Kia Sorento vs. 2021 Subaru Outback Review

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2021 Kia
Sorento

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2021 Subaru
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MSRP*
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$29,390 to $42,590
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$26,795 to $39,945
Invoice* $28,362 to $40,674 $25,187 to $37,240
MPG - City 21 - 24 23 - 26
MPG - Hwy 25 - 29 30 - 33
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested *****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Sorento than in the Subaru Outback. The Subaru Outback offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Kia Sorento, offering the driver and front passenger a bit more room and comfort.

Convenience
The Subaru Outback requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Kia Sorento, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Kia Sorento is somewhat more expensive than the Subaru Outback. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Kia Sorento is much higher than that for the Subaru Outback.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Sorento is much wider than the Subaru Outback, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the Kia Sorento takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Subaru Outback.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Kia Sorento does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Subaru Outback.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Kia Sorento is clearly the choice over the Subaru Outback for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Sorento greatly out-muscles the Subaru Outback.

Utility
The Kia Sorento offers greater seating capacity than the Subaru Outback, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Kia Sorento as you will in the Subaru Outback.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Sorento than that of the Subaru Outback.