2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2016 Toyota Highlander vs. 2016 VW Touareg vs. 2016 Nissan Pathfinder

When presented with the choice between the 2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2016 Toyota Highlander vs. 2016 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2016 VW Touareg, what's an SUV-lover to do? We're going to compare them side-by-side to see which is the best SUV for you. And when you're looking for an SUV, you want power, room for several passengers and features, among other things.

The 2017 Kia Sorento has the most horsepower in this group, with a top power output of 290 HP roaring out of a 3.3-liter V6 engine in top-line models. The others come close, such as the 2016 VW Touareg's 280 HP and the 2016 Toyota Highlander's 270, but all fall short. The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder has the slight ege in the most room for passengers with 157.8 cubic feet, but the 2016 Sorento finishes a close second with 154.2 cubic feet in seven-passenger models.

Let's take a look at fuel economy, which is crucial when you're driving a vehicle that can tow a lot of weight. The 2016 Sorento heads the list in this category, also, with 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, beating out the others, which range from the 2016 Pathfinder's 20 city, 27 highway to the 2016 Touareg's plodding 17 city, 23 highway.

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2017 Kia Sorento Vs.

2016 Toyota Highlander 

2016 VW Touareg 2016 Nissan Pathfinder
290 Top HP 270 280 260
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21 city, 28 highway Base MPG 20 city, 25 highway 17 city, 23 highway 20 city, 27 highway
146.4 / 154.2 (7-passenger) Passenger Room (cubic feet) 144.9 103.6 157.8
Yes Apple CarPlay Available?  No No No

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The 2017 Kia Sorento is a carryover from the previous model year, with the same HP and dimensions as the 2016 Sorento, but the 2016 model was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick and in the most recent (2015 models) J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, the Sorento was named the best in the midsize SUV class, so we're looking at a vehicle that impresses the experts as much as drivers like yourself. One big edge 2017 Sorento models have over 2016 models is cool tech upgrades, like connectivity with Apple CarPlay, which syncs your iPhone up with the Sorento for hands-free texting, voice-command navigation, and more. As of mid-2016, the 2017 Sorento is the only one of these four SUVs that comes with Apple CarPlay connectivity.

All of these vehicles can take you off-road in AWD models and tow at least 5,000 pounds, but it's the other categories where the 2017 Kia Sorento (and for that matter, the 2016 Sorento) provides a huge edge, with superior fuel economy, space and features.

We carry the award-winning Kia Sorento SUV at Patterson Kia of Wichita Falls, located at 2910 Old Jacksboro Highway in Wichita Falls TX. For more information please call us at (877) 763-7209 or come see us in person to see our inventory and test drive a model today.

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