Crossover & Midsize

Only Pick the Dodge Durango Over the 2021 Kia Sorento for Towing

The 2021 Kia Sorento just changed the game with incredible upgrades to go from feeling like a minivan to an adventurous 3-row SUV with some muscle. But can the Kia Sorento take on the Dodge Durango? It’s the beefiest rival in its class. 

The 2021 Kia Sorento vs. the 2021 Dodge Durango 

Let’s get started with pricing! You can get started with a 2021 Dodge Durango for about $31,765. That feels a little high for a mid-size family option.

2021 Sorento X-Line off-roading
2021 Sorento X-Line | Kia

The 2020 Kia Sorento begins around $26,990, while pricing for the 2021 model hasn’t been released yet. With the significant amount of improvements it was, we expect the price to go up a little, but it may cost less than the Durango. 

The 2021 Kia Sorento is expected to have a better fuel economy than the 2020 model. It gets an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The Dodge Durango is a hungry SUV and drinks about 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. 

2021 Kia Sorento and 2021 Dodge Durango power 

The 2021 Dodge Durango comes with a standard 2,6-liter V6 engine with 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to the 6.4-liter V8 engine will provide 475 hp. So, it’s not short on muscle. The standard engine can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. If you got things to haul, the Dodge Durango can tow up to 7,400 lb. 

2021 Dodge Durango towing car
2021 Dodge Durango | Dodge

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Under the hood of the 2021 Kia Sorento, you’ll find a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4 engine with 277-hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. So, it’s not short on power either. The turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four engine will be paired with an electric motor, and a plug-in hybrid variant is also on the way.  

To our surprise, the 2021 Kia Sorento can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, making it a whole 0.2 seconds faster than the Durango. But the Kia Sorento can only tow up to 3,500 lb while the 2020 model can tow up to 5,000 lb. 

Both of these SUVs are available with all-wheel drive. You can handle snow and slippery conditions with both. But the Dodge Durango is also available in rear-wheel drive for a sportier driving performance. 

2021 Dodge Durango and 2021 Kia Sorento features 

The 2021 Dodge Durango has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, with up to 85.1 cubic feet total. In the 2020 Kia Sorento, there were 11.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and Kia says they made the 2021 model bigger. So, we will see. Until then, we are going to guess that the Durango could have more space. 

The 2021 Kia Sorento is the brand's newest SUV.
2021 Sorento SX | Kia

You’ll find an 8.4-inch infotainment screen in the Dodge Durango that can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The rear-seat entertainment system adds HDMI and RCA ports to connect even more devices. 

The Kia Sorento has an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a new heads up display and the ability to pair two devices with Bluetooth. Also, 6 USB ports come standard. 

2020 Dodge Durango parked outside with trees in the background
2020 Dodge Durango on display | Photo via Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

If you need a vehicle for towing and hauling the family around, go with the Dodge Durango. Otherwise, the 2021 Kia Sorento has everything your family needs in terms of comfort and tech for a lower price.