|2016 Mitsubishi Outlander||2016 Kia Sorento|
|25 city / 31 highway||Max Fuel Economy||21 city / 29 highway|
|All Models||3rd Row Seating||Available on Some Models|
|Available on SEL and GT trims||Active Safety Features||Available on top SX-L trim only|
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander vs 2016 Kia Sorento
The versatile Mitsubishi Outlander has lots of competition in the crowded crossover market, and the Kia Sorento is one of its top contenders. These are both extremely well-rounded and useful vehicles, and really, this comparison can't be decided on merit alone. In its ideal form, fully loaded with features and options, the 2016 Kia Sorento can do everything the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander can. When you consider how much value you're getting for the price, though, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander emerges as a much better deal.
Let's start with some basics. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a 4-cylinder engine in the ES, SE, and SEL trims, and a more powerful V-6 in the high-end GT. The 2016 Kia Sorento, on the other hand, has 3 engine options: base 4-cylinder, a turbo-four in the middle of the lineup, and a V-6 at the top. There's a big catch, though -- Kia Sorentos with the turbo-four engine don't have third-row seating. So if you want to match the 7-passenger capacity of the Mitsubishi Outlander, the whole middle of the Sorento's power spectrum is off-limits. You can get mid-range models with the V-6 and a third row, but it'll cost you more. 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander models all have seating for 7, no matter what.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Offers Better Value on Options
At the mid-to-higher trim levels, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2016 Kia Sorento offer some similar perks: upgraded interior trim, leather upholstery, heated seats, push-button start, a remote power liftgate, premium sound systems, nicer-looking wheels, chrome accents. If you want to add on safety and convenience tech, though, the Outlander decidedly out-values the Sorento.
A Safety Package for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL adds forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, along with rain-sensing windshield wipers and a few other conveniences, for a total price under $28,000. Even more options, of course, are available for the top GT trim. In the 2016 Kia Sorento's packaging scheme, on the other hand, these active safety features are only available as add-ons to the top trim level, which costs at least $10,00 more than the top Outlander.
So, do you like the idea of a rugged yet comfortable 7-seat crossover with lots of cool features? Either one of these vehicles can give you that. Do you also like money? Then go with the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander. Contact us at Continental Mitsubishi if you'd like to learn more, or schedule a test drive!