SUV Comparison: Mitsu Outlander + Kia Sorento

By Jordan Rodriguez | Posted in Mitsubishi Dealer in Miami, Mitsubishi Outlander dealership on Friday, August 5th, 2016 at 11:04 am

SUV Comparison: Mitsubishi Outlander GT + 2017 Kia Sorento SX LimitedIt isn’t very easy to stand out in the SUV market today with so many choices. To get the market’s attention, a car really needs to shine, not only with style but value too. That’s why we’re comparing the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2017 Kia Sorento. Both SUVs are family-oriented cars and have a lot more to offer. They both can sit from 5-7 passengers at a time, are built strong, and affordable.

To make this a fair comparison, we’re taking a look at the best of the best for both models. That’s the GT S-AWC for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, and the SX Limited V6 for the 2017 Kia Sorento.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC

The least expensive 3-row vehicle on the market, the Outlander is as affordable as it is capable. It is the ideal SUV for those who wants something unique, looking for the ability to drive down the street or go off-road. For 2016, the Outlander got some freshening up, and that makes it stand out among the rest. MSRP starts at $30,995.

2017 Kia Sorento SX Limited V6

This leather-lined quasi-luxury SUV is much more than meets the eye. For those on a budget but still looking for class, the Kia Sorento should be the number one choice. The SX Limited V6 has all modern technology and safety features, making it a powerful rival in the SUV market. MSRP starts at $43,900.


Both, the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Kia Sorento have powerful engines for their car types. They’re both large and great for families, but still pack a punch with great fuel economy.


The 2016 Outlander GT is powered by a 3.0L MIVEC SOHC 24-valve V6 with continuously variable transmission (CVT). That is to say the transmission can switch between a range of gear ratios versus set, fixed gears. This engine/transmission combo generates 224-horsepower with 215 lb-ft of torque, and reaches a fuel economy of 20 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway.


A 3.3L DOHC 24-valve V6 is under the hood of a 2017 Kia Sorento SX Limited. The gears are shifted with an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. This means when the automobile is cruising at a set speed, fuel consumption is decreased as well as wear and tear on the vehicle. The Sorento engine delivers a little more horsepower, 290-hp, and 252 lb-ft of torque. It gets 18 city/25 highway MPG when using front-wheel-drive, and 17/23 when using all-wheel drive.


Inside and out, the Outlander and Sorento look nice, but that’s where the similarities end. They both differ greatly with their interior features and only share few in-between.

Feature Outlander GT Sorento SX Limited
 LED headlights  Yes  No
Solar control glass (protects interior from UV rays/reduces heat buildup)  No  Yes
 Heated side mirrors  Yes  Yes
 Rims  18″ two-tone alloy  19″ alloy
 Tires  ??  Michelin
Seating Capacity 7  5-7
 Adjustable seating  8-way driver/4-way passenger  14-way driver with lumbar support
 Foldable seats  60/40 split rear; 50/50 3rd row flat  40/20/40 split 2nd row; 50/50 flat 3rd row
 Seating Trim  Leather  Premium Nappa leather
 Leather wrapped Steering wheel and gear shift  Leather and wood steering wheel + heated steering wheel
 Ventilation/heat  Rear heater floor ducts  Rear heater floor ducts; ventilation in the front
 Information Display  Multi-information  Trip Computer
 Auto A/C control  Yes  Yes
 Drive Mode Select  Yes  Yes
 Heated front seats  Yes Heated front and 2nd row


So far, both of these sedans share a lot of similarities, and technology is no different. They both have a great selection of modern technology for convenience and safety.

Feature Outlander GT Sorento SX Limited
 Touchscreen display 6.1” w/ rearview camera 8” color w/ rearview camera
 Sound system  Rockford Fosgate with 9 speakers, subwoofer, & surround sound Infinity surround sound with 10 speakers + subwoofer
Universal Garage Door Opener Yes No
Power Remote Liftgate Yes No
Hands-Free Systems FUSE with USB/iPod support UVO eServices with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Sirius XM 3-month subscription Trafiic and HD Radio
Eco Mode Switch Yes EcoMinder with fuel efficiency indicator
Remote Keyless Entry Yes, with panic alarm Yes
Push button start/stop Yes Yes, with smart key engine immobilizer


Safety is an important issue, and the Outlander GT and Sorento SX Limited have the standard features one would want, especially in a family-oriented car. Both vehicles have: electronic stability and traction control, an anti-lock braking systems (ABS), advanced dual-stage airbags with airbags in the front and mounted on the side, three-point seat belts, LATCH ready child restraint system, and body construction built with crumple zones.

However, the Sorento goes above and beyond with a rear parking assist system, surround view monitor, a blind-spot detection system, rear cross traffic alerts, lane departure warning,  a forward collision warning system, and autonomous emergency braking.


The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT-AWC and 2017 Kia Sorento SX Limited V6 have similar warranty programs, with few differences. A 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty are provided with both vehicles. A warranty covering body work and damage is covered, but the Outlander has an anti-corrosion warranty for 7 years/100,000 miles and the Kia covers perforation for 5 years/100,000 miles. Both offer roadside assistance, except the Kia roadside assistance plan is limited to 5 years/60,000 miles whereas the Outlander has no stated expiration.


Both of these vehicles are great choices for a classy yet affordable car, especially if driving with a group of people. Plus, the ability to fold down seats or entire rows provides plenty of space for cargo, equipment, etc.


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