2023 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2023 Kia Sorento

Mitsubishi Outlander Versus Kia Sorento

If you’re in the market for a compact SUV, you may be deciding on the Mitsubishi Outlander or the Kia Sorento. Both vehicles have unique features that have made them popular choices among many families – but how do they stack up against each other?

In this comparison, we’ll dive into the design, technology, safety and more of the Mitsubishi Outlander and Kia Sorento to better help you feel comfortable about choosing your next vehicle. If you still have questions or want to feel what it’s like behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Outlander, the team at Vern Eide Mitsubishi is here to answer any questions or help schedule a test drive.


2023 Kia Sorento Exterior

Starting Price

When comparing prices across trim levels for these two compact SUVs, you’ll notice the Mitsubishi Outlander is a more cost-effective option – with a difference of a few thousand dollars at each trim level.

Warranty Info

Outlander also offers a variety of warranty options to suit your needs. Including a basic warranty of five-years/60,000-miles, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, seven-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion warranty and roadside assistance for five years with unlimited miles. 

Kia matches the basic warranty and powertrain coverages but offers only five years/100,000-miles on their anti-corrosion (anti-perforation) warranty as well as a five-year/60,000-mile cap on their roadside assistance warranty.  

Looking at value alone, the Mitsubishi Outlander has the edge. 


Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

Passenger Comfort

As for interior passenger space, the Outlander comes out on top with 125.5 cubic feet of passenger volume while the Sorento offers 105.3 cubic feet.

Available features for the Mitsubishi Outlander include leather upholstery, eight-way power driver’s seat with memory built in, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, 10.8-inch heads-up display, three-zone auto climate control, 10-speaker Bose sound system, power panoramic sunroof and wireless phone charging. While the Sorento offers similar features, they lack the heads-up display and three-zone auto climate control.


Inside the Mitsubishi Outlander you’ll find standard tech features like dual-zone auto climate control, a 7-inch digital multi-info display, an 8-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility paired with a 6-speaker sound system and voice control. For comfortability you can enjoy a 6-way manual driver’s seat with power lumbar support, fabric seat upholstery and 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seating. 

Inside the Kia Sorento you’ll find very similar standard features like the 6-speaker audio system, 8-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6-way manual driver’s seat with fabric upholstery. However, it’s only equipped with standard manual climate control, 4.2-inch info display and 60/40 split-folding second-row seats. They also kept the driver’s seat with power lumbar support and infotainment voice control completely out of the Sorento.

2023 Outlander Towing


When it comes to safety – the Outlander is a tough one to beat. Advanced safety features come standard on the Outlander like blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic braking and lane change assist it’s plain to see where Mitsubishi’s priorities are, because the Sorento charges extra for these benefits.

Both models, however, have standard forward collision mitigation assist with pedestrian detection, driver attention alert, lane-departure warning, rear-seat occupant alert and a rearview camera. Although only the Outlander offers the advanced MI-PILOT Assist with semi-autonomous driving capabilities.

On top of its wide array of standard safety features, the 2022 Outlander was ranked as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, while the 2022 Sorento was first runner-up as an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

2023 Kia Sorento

Specs and Performance

Both the Sorento and Outlander come out strong with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Sorento’s torque and horsepower is slightly stronger, boasting 191 horsepower and 182 pounds-feet of torque. While the Outlander has 181 horsepower and 181 pounds-feet of torque.

What Outlander makes up for with its lack of horsepower is its efficiency on the road and highways. The Mitsubishi Outlander delivers up to an EPA estimated 24/31 MPG (City/Highway). While the Sorento clocks in at an EPA estimated 24/29 MPG (City/Highway).

2023 Outlander Towing

Towing and Cargo

With the standard 2.5-liter engines, both the Outlander and Sorento can tow an upwards of 2,000 pounds when equipped properly.

The Mitsubishi Outlander, however, compliments its towing capacity with a standard safety feature in Trailer Stability Assist. Which the Kia Sorento does not offer as a standard feature.

Outlander also has an edge on cargo room behind the first row with a spacious 79.7 cubic feet of space in comparison to the Sorento’s 75.7 cubic feet.

Which SUV is better the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander or Kia Sorento?

If you’re looking for a compact SUV look no further than Vern Eide Mitsubishi. You can schedule a test drive or call one of our kind and knowledgeable staff members with any questions you may have about the Mitsubishi Outlander or any other Mitsubishi model. We’d be thrilled to get you behind the wheel and show you exactly what advantages the Outlander has to offer. You can give us a call at (605)307-5212 or fill out a contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.    

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