The 2021 Toyota Highlander is an easy go-to SUV for many families. It’s known for being comfortable, quiet, and safe, and it fits up to eight passengers with less bulk than many competing three-row crossovers.
The 2021 Kia Sorento aims to challenge the Highlander on every front. Newly redesigned this year, it’s roomier than before while still being more petite than the Toyota. This year also brings improved driving dynamics, better fuel economy, and — in a clear response to the long-popular Toyota Highlander Hybrid — an all-new gas-electric Kia Sorento Hybrid model. And as you’d expect from Kia, it offers tons of features for the money. But which of these two mid-size SUVs is the best? Let’s go over how these vehicles stack up, and which one is our top pick overall.