SUVs are a great car choice for a growing family or someone who wants extra space. Luckily, the Kia Sorento and Kia Telluride are two great options with unique strengths and weaknesses. 

When choosing the best vehicle to suit your needs or your family, there are so many things to consider. These two models are midsize crossover SUVs, but surely, one will suit your needs better than the other.

Even though they are both midsize crossovers, the Telluride is slightly bigger than the Sorento. It is eight inches long, two inches taller, four inches wider, and about 200 pounds heavier than the Sorento. anyone

This guide will explore the comparisons between these two midsize SUVs in terms of design, pricing, engine power, fuel economy, space, and every other thing you need to know. 

Engine Power and Towing Capacity

The Telluride is a bigger vehicle than the Sorrento, which means extra weight. The advantage of this is that there is reduced road and wind noise while driving on the highway. This model comes with just one engine, unlike the Sorento, which offers three engine choices.

The Telluride comes with a standard 3.8-liter V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission that produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It makes a higher horsepower than the three Sorento engines. 

Base models of the Sorento come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The Sorento EX models come with a 2.5 liter turbocharged I-4 which produces 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. 

Lastly, a 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 engine hybrid produces 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to the maximum towing capacity, Telluride has the upper hand with a 5,000-pound potential, and Sorento has a 3,500-pound potential. 

Fuel Economy

Since the Sorrento is a smaller vehicle with a small engine, all three engines’ fuel economy is higher than the Telluride’s one engine. The Telluride has a fuel economy rate of 19-20 mpg (miles per gallon) for the city and 24-26 mpg for the highway. It either comes with a front-wheel-drive or an all-wheel drive. 

Sorento’s 2.5 liter I-4 engine has a fuel economy rate of 23-24 mpg (city) and 25-29 mpg (highway) with a front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The 2.5 liter turbocharged has a fuel economy rate of 21-22 mpg (city) and 28-29 mpg (highway) with a front-wheel or all-wheel drive. 

Lastly, the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine has a fuel economy rate of 39 mpg (city) and 35 mpg (highway) with a front-wheel-drive only. 


We shall be reviewing both the passenger and cargo space measurements of the Kia Telluride and Kia Sorento when it comes to space. 

1. Passenger Space

The Telluride is a better choice for anyone who consistently plans to use the third and front rows. It is more comfortable and a little more spacious than the Sorento. The Sorento itself is big, but nothing compared to the Telluride. 

The Telluride has a legroom measurement of 41.4 for the first row, 42.4 for the second, and 31.4 for the third (all measured in inches). It has a hip room measurement of 58.9 for the first row, 58.0 for the second row, and 43.7 for the third row (measured in inches). 

On the other hand, the Sorento has a legroom measurement of 41.4 for the first row, 41.7 for the second, and 29.6 inches for the third. It has a hip room measurement of 55.6 for the first row, 55.1 for the second, and 42.5 inches for the third row. 

2. Cargo Space

Once again, the Telluride has more cargo space than the Sorento. It will be the perfect option for anyone or family who needs extra cargo space. The cargo space is measured at 21.0  (behind the third row), 46.0 (behind the second row), and 87.0 (behind the first row). All measurements are I’m cubic feet. 

Sorento has a cargo volume of 12.6 (behind the third row), 45.0  (behind the second row), and 75.5  (behind the first row). All measurements are I’m cubic feet. 

Design and Price

The Telluride is a customer’s favorite because of its contemporary design with an intimidating front look presence. The 2021 Sorento was redesigned to look a little bit like the Telluride. It has sharper looks vertical tail land dual exhaust. Sorento is written boldly across the tailgate on the vehicle. 

Sorento has more options to choose from with six different trims available to customers, while the Telluride has just four trims to choose from. When it comes to price, Sorento is the better choice for anyone who has a small budget but can make do with the smaller space. 

The Telluride is somewhat affordable but slightly more expensive than the Sorento. The Sorento has a starting price of about $30,000, and it goes up to $43,765. It also starts in the $30,000 range going up to about $45,615. A Sorento rider will spend thousands less on every model. 


This is another essential feature you should be aware of. There is no difference here as both vehicles offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay alongside wireless charging and a premium audio system. This helps you to access your devices safely while driving. 


The Kia Sorento and Kia Telluride are two fantastic vehicle choices, but stats show that the Telluride is more significant than the Sorento in terms of space. 

It all comes down to the question – how many kids do you have? Do you need the extra space? How much are you willing to spend? What is the size of your garage? 

Any buyer or family that requires a lot of space, wants more towing capacity and can afford to spend more money on gas than they usually would should go for the Kia Telluride. 

If you are looking for something more affordable and you do not need the extra space, then the Kia Sorento is better. Riders will spend less on gas because the fuel economy rate is higher. 

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