Nissan Murano Vs Kia Sorento

By Justin Cupler | May 17th, 2019

The crossover segment is full of twist and turns. The Nissan Murano offers a twist with its sportier design and respectable performance. But how does it stack up to the more traditional 2019 Kia Sorento? We put the 2019 Murano and 2019 Sorento head to head to find out. Continue reading to find out how they stack up.

Exterior

While the Nissan Murano and Kia Sorento are not luxury SUVs, they are each brand’s respective premium midsize people hauler. They feature upscale designs, but they cater to different crowds.

 

The 2019 Nissan Murano features a sportier look with its more pointed nose, boomerang-style lighting, V-motion grille, floating roof, and sharp body lines. This caters to buyers who would prefer a sports car, but their family-hauling responsibilities prevent them from it.

The 2019 Kia Sorento takes on a more upright and traditional approach, though it is far from a blocky design. It still has a little sleekness to its body, but it lacks the sportiness of the Murano. What this plays well to is its luxurious side, as the chrome accents in the range-topping SX-Limited trim work well with this more upright stance.

In their base trims, the 2019 Nissan Murano is far better equipped with its 18-inch wheels, LED lighting, and more. But these extra features come at a $5,080 premium over the base Sorento L. To match the Murano’s base price, buyers would have to opt for the third trim level in the Sorento lineup, the LX V6. Even at that point, though, the Murano remains better equipped.

 

Comparing size, the 2019 Murano is the larger of the two crossovers, especially in length.

 

Measurement 2019 Nissan Murano 2019 Kia Sorento Difference
Length 192.8 inches 189 inches +3.8 inches
Width 75.4 inches 74.4 inches +1 inch
Height 67.8 inches 66.3 inches +1.5 inches
Wheelbase 111.2 inches 109.4 inches +1.8
Ground Clearance 6.9 inches 7.3 inches -0.4 inches
Curb weight 3,823 to 4,137 pounds 3,810 to 4,343 pounds -206 to +13 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Kia Sorento

  • Smaller footprint
  • Upright look makes it more premium looking in higher trims
  • Loads of upscale exterior goodies in higher trims

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Murano

  • Sleek, sporty body
  • More premium goodies for the money
  • More modern appearance

Interior

Inside, the Kia Sorento sets itself apart from the Murano with its three-row seating and more horizontal dash. The Sorento’s cabin is otherwise simpler than most with its predominantly black color scheme and traditional setup. There is nothing that’ll surprise you in the 2019 Sorento, which caters to specific buyers.

Inside the Murano, Nissan treats buyers to a swoopy dash design, lighter color schemes, optional tufted leather seats, and more to help keep things interesting for more aesthetically adventurous buyers. The bad side is there are only two rows of seating, so larger families may not fit in this stylish cabin.

In terms of features, the Murano has more standard features, like an 8-inch touchscreen, more USB ports, and dual-zone climate control, but they both offer the most desirable standard tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and six-speaker audio systems with MP3 compatibility.

 

Sizing falls into the Sorento’s win column with a higher seating capacity and more legroom in all three rows. It also wins big in cargo capacity, despite being so much smaller than the Murano.

 

Measurement 2019 Nissan Murano 2019 Kia Sorento Difference
First-row headroom 38.1 to 39.9 inches 39.5 inches -1.4 to +0.4 inches
First-row legroom 40.5 inches 44.1 inches -3.6 inches
First-row shoulder room 59.5 inches 59.1 inches +0.4 inches
First-row hip room 55.4 inches 56.7 inches -1.3 inches
Second-row headroom 37.8 to 39.8 inches 39.3 inches -1.5 to +0.5 inches
Second-row legroom 38.7 inches 39.4 inches -0.7 inches
Second-row shoulder room 58.9 inches 58 inches +0.9 inches
Second-row hip room 55.2 inches 56.4 inches -1.2 inches
Third-row headroom
36.3 inches
Third-row legroom
31.7 inches
Third-row shoulder room
52.8 inches
Third-row hip room
41.4 inches
Cargo room (behind third row)
11.3 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind second row) 32.1 cubic feet 38 cubic feet -5.9 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first row) 67 cubic feet 73 cubic feet -6 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Kia Sorento

  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Tons more cargo space
  • Decked out SX-Limited trim

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Murano

  • Swoopy and sporty cabin
  • Luxurious dark-on-light contrasts
  • Supremely comfortable seating

Performance

The 2019 Nissan Murano has a simple powertrain lineup that includes a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a continuously variable transmission. This combines to ship the 2019 Murano to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.

The Kia Sorento comes standard with a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission that combine for an estimated 9.1-second 0-to-60 jaunt. Opt for the 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6, and the sprint time falls to 7.6 seconds.

While the Sorento cannot hang with the Murano in a straight line, it tows more. The Murano tows just 1,500 pounds, whereas the Sorento with the 2.4-liter engine tows 2,000 pounds and the V-6 bumps it to 5,000 pounds.

 

2019 Nissan Murano 2019 Kia Sorento Difference
Engine 3.5-liter  V-6 2.4-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 260 hp at 6,000 rpm 185 hp at 6,000 rpm +75 hp
Torque 240 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm 178 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm +62 lb-ft
Transmission CVT 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.) FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 7.3 seconds 9.1 seconds (est.) -1.8 seconds
Towing capacity 1,500 pounds 2,000 pounds -500 pounds
MPG City 20 mpg 21 to 22 mpg 1 to -2 mpg
MPG Highway 28 mpg 26 to 29 mpg 1 to +2 mpg
MPG Combined 23 mpg 23 to 25 mpg -2 to +0 mpg
Optional Engine
3.3-liter V-6
Horsepower
290 hp at 6,400 rpm -30 hp
Torque
252 lb-ft at 5,200 rpm -12 lb-ft
Transmission
8-spd automatic
Driveline
FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time
7.6 seconds -0.3 seconds
Towing capacity
5,000 pounds -3,500 pounds
MPG City
19 mpg +1 mpg
MPG Highway
24 to 26 mpg +2 to +4 mpg
MPG Combined
21 to 22 mpg +1 to +2 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Kia Sorento

  • More powerful V-6
  • Traditional transmission
  • Higher towing capacity

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Murano

  • Quicker acceleration
  • Tight handling
  • Better V-6 fuel economy

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Nissan Murano is available in four trim levels — S, SV, SL, and Platinum — and their starting prices range from $31,370 to $43,630.

 

There are six trim levels in the 2019 Kia Sorento’s lineup — L, LX, LS V6, EX V6, SX V6, and SX-Limited V6 — and their starting prices range from $26,290 to $44,690.

2019 Nissan Murano Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $31,370

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Hill-start assist
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Speed-sensitive power steering
  • 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels
  • LED headlights with auto on/off
  • LED signature lighting
  • LED taillights
  • Chrome door handles
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Tinted rear glass
  • NissanConnect infotainment system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Voice recognition
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dual-zone automatic
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless unlock and ignition
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down front glass
  • Power locks
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • Stainless-steel kick plates
  • Eight cargo-area tie-downs
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Reclining rear seatback
  • Cloth seating
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
  • MP3 playback
  • Two USB ports
  • Two USB-C ports
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Rearview camera
  • Driver awareness monitor
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision alert

 

SV: $34,540

  • All S features, plus
  • Black roof rails
  • Homelink universal home remote
  • Remote ignition with intelligent climate control
  • Speed-sensing intermittent wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

SL: $39,330

  • All SV features, plus
  • 20-inch machine-finished alloy wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Silver roof rails
  • Heated mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Ambient LED lighting
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather seating
  • Cloth-wrapped A-pillar
  • 11-speaker Bose premium audio system with dual subwoofers
  • HD Radio
  • 360-degree camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control

 

Platinum: $43,630

  • All SL features, plus
  • 20-inch Dark Hyper Silver alloy wheels
  • Power panoramic moonroof
  • NissanConnect Services
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel with memory
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Semi-aniline leather seats with diamond-quilted inserts
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

2019 Kia Sorento Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L: $26,290

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Projector-style headlights
  • LED positioning lights
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • LED high-mounted stop light
  • Chrome outside door handles
  • Power, heated body-color mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Black wheel arch molding
  • Black-accent side sills
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Black lower-bumper trim
  • Matter-black grille
  • Oval-style exhaust tip
  • Rear spoiler
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • 3.5-inch black-and-white LCD driver information center
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Floor console with front armrest
  • Second-row armrest
  • Satin-chrome interior door handles
  • Cargo-area light
  • Cloth seating
  • 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seats
  • Auto-folding second-row seats
  • 50/50 split-folding third-row seats
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • PVC shifter knob
  • Manual climate control
  • Rear heater ducts
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • USB audio input
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down driver’s window
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • Alarm
  • Hill-start assist

 

LX: $27,650

  • All L features, plus
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Shark-fin antenna
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Two rapid-charge USB ports
  • Passenger’s side and rear one-touch-up/down windows
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

LX V6: $31,290

  • All LX features, plus
  • 3.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Automatic defog system
  • SiriusXM radio

 

EX V6: $35,590

  • All LX V6 features, plus
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Projector-style fog lights
  • LED taillights
  • Acoustic front door glass
  • Silver front and rear lower bumper trim
  • Gloss-black grille
  • Silver roof rails
  • 7-inch color driver information center
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Homelink universal home remote
  • Mood lighting
  • Leather upholstery
  • Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Rear climate controls
  • Navigation
  • Keyless unlock and ignition
  • Power liftgate
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Advanced adaptive cruise control with stop and go
  • Driver attention warning
  • Electric parking brake

 

SX V6: $39,990

  • Electric power steering
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • LED amber positioning lights
  • Body-color wheel-arch moldings
  • Body-color accent side sills
  • Stainless-steel front and rear bumper trim
  • Stainless-steel rear bumper step
  • Dark-metallic grille
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Red brake calipers
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade
  • Deluxe illuminated stainless-steel door-sill plates
  • LED room light
  • LED map lights
  • Cloth-wrapped A- and B-pillars
  • Second-row window sunshades
  • Chrome luggage net hooks
  • LED cargo light
  • Stainless-steel transverse trim
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Memory for driver’s seat and outside mirrors
  • Perforated leather steering wheel and shift knob
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system
  • Wireless phone charger
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Front parking sensors

 

SX-Limited V6: $44,690

  • 19-inch chrome-finish alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • LED turn signals
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Chrome-accent side sills
  • Black brake calipers
  • Premium-cloth-wrapped A- and B-pillars
  • Deluxe stainless-steel pedals
  • Premium Nappa leather seating
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard second-row seats
  • Premium Nappa leather door trim
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 360-degree camera
  • Adaptive lighting
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Who Should Buy the 2019 Kia Sorento?

Need room for a large family or just always find yourself running out of seats? The seven-passenger Kia Sorento is the best option for you. Not only does it have a relatively small footprint, but it also has loads of space for people and cargo.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Murano?

Want a sports car, but your family-hauling requirements keep you from that GT-R or 370Z you really want? The 2019 Nissan Murano offers the spirit of these sports cars in a family-friendly crossover. Plus, it is loaded to the gills from its base model through the range-topping Platinum trim.

 

Whether you’re commuting to Saginaw for work, dropping the kids off in Sarasota, or heading to St. Petersburg for a little weekend R&R, the 2019 Nissan Murano can get you there with class and style. Head down to Nissan of Bradenton today to test drive the 2019 Murano around the Bradenton area and see what it offers you and your family. Can’t make it to our Bradenton area Nissan showroom today? Swing by our online showroom to see what 2019 Murano models we have in stock that fit your needs, then schedule a test drive at your convenience.