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2020 Kia Sorento vs. 2021 Subaru Outback Review

New 2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Kia
Sorento

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New 2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Subaru
Outback

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MSRP*
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$26,990 to $41,890
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$26,795 to $39,945
Invoice* $25,952 to $39,512 $25,187 to $37,240
MPG - City 18 - 22 23 - 26
MPG - Hwy 24 - 29 30 - 33
Engine(s) Inline-4, V-6 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 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
The Kia Sorento offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Subaru Outback, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Kia Sorento and the Subaru Outback.

Convenience
With the Subaru Outback, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Kia Sorento, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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). Whether you pick the Kia Sorento or the Subaru Outback, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Sorento will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Subaru Outback.

Dimensions
The Kia Sorento is a little wider than the Subaru Outback, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. 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.

Handling
The Kia Sorento has a larger turning radius than the Subaru Outback, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

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.