2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Lexus RX

See how affordability compares with luxury in our 2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Lexus RX comparison. At first glance, this comparison may seem outlandish, but maybe you were brought here by the recent Kia commercial that not only features a Lexus RX, but stated that the Sorrento was ahead of the RX because it forged its own path. The comparison has more merit than you may think, and you should consider all your options before you select your next vehicle.

The Sorento went its own way and somehow pulled out well ahead of the Lexus RX in multiple categories. Let’s analyze the data, and see why the Sorento may just be your SUV of choice. If you already like the Sorento, then you should click the link below to see the new Sorento inventory that Archer Kia has here in Houston.

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2018 Kia Sorento VS 2018 Lexus RX
$25,800 Base MSRP $43,220
21 City / 28 Highway Fuel Efficiency (MPG) 20 City / 27 Highway
Available Leather Seats Available
146 Cubic-Feet Passenger Volume 121 Cubic-Feet

How does the Kia Sorento compare to the Lexus RX?

The first category shows the stark difference between these two models. You could almost buy two 2018 Kia Sorento models before you touch the cost of the Lexus RX. We can take this a step further though, as the top trim of the Sorento fully decked out with leather, 19-inch chrome wheels, and a 290 horsepower engine comes in at an MSRP of $44,400, which is barely more than the entry-level Lexus RX with its leatherette seating, 18-inch wheels, and just five more horsepower.

While we are talking about performance, the fuel efficiency is an interesting subject of debate. With 21-city mpg and 28-highway mpg, the Sorento comes in with better numbers than the Lexus RX. One mpg may not seem like much but this small difference can add up to save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars over time.

When it comes to the interior, you may think that the Lexus automatically has the Kia beat, but that’s not true. The Lexus only comes with leatherette standard and doesn’t provide a cloth option at all. Not only does the Sorento offer cloth standard, but it skips leatherette and offers leather at an MSRP as low as $33,000 with the EX 2.0T trim.

Lastly, take a look at the sheer difference in passenger room. The Kia Sorento provides 146 cubic-feet of room to stretch out and relax, but the Lexus RX, a supposed luxury vehicle, gives passengers just 121 cubic-feet of room. In these cramped corridors, even with the best materials, we are not sure how the Lexus RX can call itself a luxury SUV.

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