Crossover & Midsize

Never Buy the Mitsubishi Outlander Instead of the Kia Sorento

You want a family SUV with three rows of seats, but you also want to save some money. That’s why the Mitsubishi Outlander and Kia Sorento make two great options to consider. However, is the Kia Sorento or Mitsubishi Outlander better? Let’s dive in and compare these two options to make sure you pick the best one. 

The Kia Sorento VS Mitsubishi Outlander 

The Kia Sorento comes in with its 3 rows of seats and starting prices around $26k, making it slightly more expensive than the Mitsubishi Outlander. The Outlander has a starting price around $24k, so is the Kia Sorento worth paying an extra $2k for? 

Kia Sorento AWD on display at auto show
Kia Sorento AWD

To our surprise, the Mitsubishi Outlander has a better fuel economy. It gets up to 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The Kia Sorento only gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. So, while the Outlander has a lower starting price, it might help you save on fuel. 

Kia Sorento VS Mitsubishi Outlander Performance 

The Mitsubishi Outlander comes with two engine options. The 2.4-liter 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. This isn’t terrible, but it seems weak. You can also upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine for 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the build you choose, the Mitsubishi Outlander can tow between 1,500 to 3,500 lb. It can also accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, which is pretty good. 

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV  parked in front of home
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | Mitsubishi

The Kia Sorento also has two engine options. The base model comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. If you upgrade to the 3.3-liter V6 engine, you’ll get 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. So the Kia Sorento has a lower fuel economy because it has more power and can tow between 2,000 to 5,000 lb. It can also accelerate from 0 to 60 in 7.6 seconds. 

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The Mitsubishi Outlander offers all-wheel-drive that can be engaged when needed, so you will save gas when you don’t need it. It also has Eco and Sport driving modes. The Kia Sorento has Dynamax all-wheel-drive to adjust to changing conditions when needed automatically. It also has hill start assist and electronic stability control. 

Kia Sorento And Mitsubishi Outlander Features 

The Kia Sorento provides up to 73 cubic feet of cargo space and can fit seven passengers. The Mitsubishi Outlander also seats up to seven passengers, but only has up to 63 cubic feet of cargo space. 

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | driving down highway
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | Mitsubishi

Both of these SUVs promote their comfortable interior. The Mitsubishi Outlander has seats with lumbar support, while the Kia Sorento has seats with memory foam. However, the Outlander has manual seats while the Sorento has a power touch second row to make accessing the 3rd row easier. 

Also, both the Sorento and Outlander can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But the Sorento can also connect to your smartphone for remote start and climate control.

2021 Kia Sorento parked outside building
2021 Kia Sorento | Kia

In terms of safety, the Kia Sorento offers more features such as distracted driver warning, rear cross-traffic avoidance, and more. The Kia Sorrento seems to be smarter, more powerful,  and bigger. We see no reason to go with the Mitsubishi Outlander unless you want a slightly better fuel economy.