2019 Kia Sorento vs Nissan Murano

2019 Kia Sorento in Warrington PA

A 5-passenger midsize SUV popular with families is the 2018 Nissan Murano. It has a bold design, a comfortable interior, and a strong V6 engine. But, the question we have is can the Murano hold up to the 2019 Kia Sorento? As we stated in another Kia Sorento comparison, the Sorento has more interior capacity compared to most SUV classes. And although Kia only made minor exterior styling changes to the new 2019 Sorento, it has highly preferred features like the three-row seating and full LED headlamps. And like all Kia models, they offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for those who enjoy a digital lifestyle.

Many reviews reported the Murano falls short against some competitors in overall cargo space, they also report the moderate towing limits are less than ideal for those who need an SUV that tows trailers. Compared to our 2019 Kia Sorento, you get a superior ride, ample leg-room, cargo space, reliability, and all-weather performance. Plus, the Sorento has an optional V-6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2019 KIA Sorento


2018 Nissan Murano

7 passengers

Maximum Passengers 5 passengers

39.4 inches

Second-Row Leg Room 38.7 inches

38 cubic feet

Cargo Volume to Second Row 32.1 cubic feet

5000 lbs.

Maximum towing capability 1500 lbs.

290 @ 6,400 rpm

Maximum Horsepower 260 @ 6,000 rpm

109.4 inches

Wheelbase 111.2 inches

Advantages of the 2019 Kia Sorento.

According to Nissan, the Murano’s description labels it as “a modern crossover that combines artful design with technology that can truly change the way you drive.” It also says “the sculpted exterior makes a stunning first impression,” and the “premium interior creates a unique social atmosphere.” That sounds more like a coffee shop description than a vehicle.

The Murano does offer a suite of technology, which Nissan tags as Intelligent Mobility™ features. One of those features is Automatic Emergency Braking, which is supposed to give you a whole new level of confidence. But, our favorite confidence builder in the 2019 Kia Sorento is its all-wheel drive, ample space, and safety technology.

Again, as we stated in another comparison, the 2019 Kia Sorento is fitted with a more refined interior experience, plus it has a longer wheelbase to guarantee a smoother ride. Outside, the Sorento has a maximum towing capacity almost doubling most SUVs, and inside, you can seat more passengers and pack more stuff.

So, if weekend exertions towing equipment aren't your thing, then maybe the Murano is a good choice for a comfortable five-passenger crossover that delivers some style. But, if you want to cover all your bases, the 2019 Kia Sorento with its third-row seating is large enough to transport your entire family and friends.

If you want an impressive vehicle, the 2019 Kia Sorento’s spaciousness, luxurious sophistication and the option to travel with up to 7 passengers is the vehicle you should test drive.


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