The folks here at Car Town Kia know that drivers in Frankfort, Nicholasville, and Lexington, expect a lot from their on-road companions. If you're considering the 2021 Kia Sorento or the 2021 Toyota Highlander as your next set of wheels, you're likely to be pleased.

We've compiled the following 2021 Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander comparison to help you determine which one is the right choice for you.

Here's a chart with some vital statistics for each model:


Third-Row Legroom

Largest Touch-Screen

Highest Speaker Count

2021 Kia Sorento

29.6 inches

10.25 inches


2021 Toyota Highlander

27.7 inches

8 inches


2021 Kia Sorento vs Toyota Highlander: Interior Dimensions

Due to their three rows of seating, both these daily drivers have the space to provide your passengers with all kinds of comfort. We've selected a few measurements from each model that show a few differences worth noting. We'll begin with the Sorento first:

  • Second-Row Legroom: 41.7 inches
  • Third-Row Legroom: 29.6 inches
  • Third-Row Headroom: 36.8 inches

So, no matter who's sitting in the second and third rows, they'll have more than enough space to move around and make themselves comfortable. Here are the numbers for the same areas inside the Highlander:

  • Second-Row Legroom: 41 inches
  • Third-Row Legroom: 27.7 inches
  • Third-Row Headroom: 36.1 inches

The Toyota Highlander certainly comes close. However, it simply falls short of the kind of room the Kia Sorento provides your passengers in the second and third rows.

2021 Kia Sorento vs Toyota Highlander: Technology and Entertainment

The 2021 Sorento and the 2021 Highlander supply large touch-screens on their dashboards, enabling you to access various controls and settings while still directing most of your attention toward the drive itself. See below for the largest available screen found in each model:

  • Kia Sorento: 10.25 inches
  • Toyota Highlander: 8 inches

While both these touch-screen measurements are quite large, the Sorento is the clear winner.

When it comes to providing you and your passengers with a quality listening experience throughout your travels, the 2021 Kia Sorento comes out on top yet again. The available Bose® Premium Audio System and its 12 full-bodied speakers will fill the cabin with your favorite driving soundtrack. Once again, the Toyota Highlander comes close, but the highest number of speakers it has to offer is 11.

2021 Kia Sorento vs Toyota Highlander: Which One Will You Choose?

The Sorento uses its generous interior measurements, accessible technology, and impressive entertainment features to successfully outshine the Highlander. If the 2021 Kia Sorento sounds like the mode of transportation you'd like for your Lexington, Frankfort, and Nicholasville commutes, contact the team at Car Town Kia today to take it for a test drive.

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