2018 Kia Sorento VS. Lexus RX 350

Midsize SUVs exist to give drivers a premium ride. These crossover vehicles feature cutting-edge technology, luxurious interior finishing and a sophisticated exterior and interior personality. These vehicles are crafted for long-term enjoyment, bringing together style, convenience and performance. Two models in this class, that give drivers standout, first-class experiences, are the Kia Sorento and Lexus RX 350.

The Kia Sorento is designed in a range of trim levels, which allows drivers to choose models in a range from efficient and budget-friendly base trim levels up to the luxurious and sporty SXL V6 trim. As Toyota's higher-end luxury badge, Lexus imbues the RX 350L with plenty of standard comfort and convenience features. Drivers looking for a capable, cargo-friendly vehicle that doesn't compromise on comfort or convenience have this important choice to make. Let's see how they measure up.

      
 

2018 Kia Sorento SX V6 FWD

 

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2018 Lexus RX 350L FWD

 290 horsepower Horsepower 290 horsepower
 Infinity® speakers with amplifier standard Premium audio system Available
 73 cubic feet Cargo volume (maximum) 58.5 cubic feet
 Yes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Compatible No
 Yes Standard panoramic sunroof No - available
 10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain warranty 6 years/70,000 miles
 5 years/60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
 $39,200 MSRP $47,670
 

Kia Sorento Advantages Vs. Lexus RX 350

While not traditionally a competitor in the midsize entry-luxury SUV class, the 2018 Kia Sorento proves itself a worthy competitor that surpasses not only expectations but the standard features on segment totems like the RX 350.

Performance is equal between the two as the 3.5L V6 on the Lexus RX350L is matched for horsepower by Kia's more efficient 3.3L V6. Both vehicles see an equal 3,500 lbs. of maximum towing capacity when properly equipped, meaning the Sorento is just as capable of bringing along your favorite toys/gear as the RX 350L.

Although both vehicles offer space for seven passengers, the 2018 Sorento enjoys more cargo space, meaning those passengers can leave less at home in the Kia than they are forced to in the RX 350.

Those passengers will also enjoy first-class entertainment with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that is unavailable on the Lexus RX 350L. A standard panoramic sunroof, which requires a costly upgrade in the 2018 Lexus RX 350L, opens the world to the front and rear seat passengers making the longest trips go by even faster.

Finally, peace of mind is at a high in the 2018 Kia Sorento which, in addition to several standard active safety features, provides a best-in-class 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain and 5-year/60,000-mile warranty for bumper-to-bumper components. With a price tag of nearly $9,000 more, the RX 350L only provides 6 years/70,000 miles on its powertrain warranty and 4 years/50,000 miles on its bumper-to-bumper.

While many drivers will choose to go with Lexus, simply for the badge, the 2018 Kia Sorento makes a far better case for being a true luxury crossover. The Sorento's lower price, more comfortable ride, better warranty and plethora of convenience features give you more for less.

   
 

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