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Ford Explorer vs. Kia Sorento

When we compare the Ford Explorer to the Kia Sorento, the Ford Explorer has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Kia Sorento has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Ford Explorer versus the Kia Sorento, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Ford Explorer versus Kia Sorento Pricing

A used 2023 Ford Explorer ranges from $38,934 to $62,485 while a used 2023 Kia Sorento is priced between $31,218 to $45,886. For a new model, the Ford Explorer's price is between $41,634 and $62,024, with the Kia Sorento priced between $31,921 and $46,338.

Ford Explorer versus Kia Sorento Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Explorer is 8.5 out of 10 while the Kia Sorento's quality rating is 7.8 out of 10. This results in the Ford Explorer being ranked 5 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Kia Sorento being ranked 14 out of 25. Out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs, the Ford Explorer is ranked 61 and the Kia Sorento is ranked 26. The Ford Explorer is also ranked 7 out of 31 Best SUVs with 3 Rows while the Kia Sorento is ranked 18 out of 31.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Explorer’s base engine makes 300 horsepower, and the Kia Sorento base engine makes 191 horsepower. The Explorer is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 501 miles. The Sorento is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 513 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Ford Explorer has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Kia Sorento has the advantage in the area of rear leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Ford Explorer has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Kia Sorento has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Ford Explorer and the Kia Sorento have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.

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2023 Ford Explorer

2023 Kia Sorento

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$41,634 - $62,024

Used Asking Price:

$38,934 - $62,485

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$31,921 - $46,338

Used Asking Price:

$31,218 - $45,886

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.5%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.8 / 10

Reliability:

7.8 / 10

Retained Value:

6.7 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 25
5 / 31
5 / 25
5 / 15
6 / 61
6 / 25
7 / 61
7 / 61
7 / 31
7 / 28
7 / 25
7 / 21
9 / 31

Midsize SUVs with Best Resale Value

9 / 25
13 / 31

SUVs with 3 Rows with Best Resale Value

15 / 31

Crossover SUVs with Best Resale Value

41 / 61
43 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 25
3 / 31
14 / 25
14 / 25
14 / 15
17 / 61
17 / 31
18 / 31
18 / 31

Midsize SUVs with Best Resale Value

18 / 25
18 / 21
19 / 25
22 / 28

SUVs with 3 Rows with Best Resale Value

24 / 31
26 / 61
31 / 61
39 / 61

Crossover SUVs with Best Resale Value

53 / 61

Summary Review

The Ford Explorer is one of the defining vehicles of its segment. This three-row SUV is big, tough, and versatile. Ford redesigned its Explorer for 2020, switching it back to a rear-wheel-drive-based vehicle with a more rugged foundation.

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Summary Review

Kia’s Sorento is a two- or three-row crossover SUV on sale since 2015 in its outgoing generation. It is built in West Point, Georgia. All-new for 2021, shoppers in the midsize SUV segment should give the Sorento a fresh look.

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Pros and Cons

  • Passenger Space
  • Advanced 4X4 all-wheel-drive system available
  • Class-leading engines on many trims, including a hybrid

  • Older models lack some basic advanced safety systems common for their model years
  • No 8-passenger seating option for 2021

Pros and Cons

  • Available in past years with two or three rows of seats
  • High safety scores

  • 2020 and older models showing their age
  • Smaller than many midsize vehicles in this segment
  • Past models had low reliability scores

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Flex Fuel, Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Base, King Ranch, Limited, Platinum, Police Interceptor Utility, ST, ST-Line, Timberline, XLT

Trim Levels

EX, LX, S, SX, SX Prestige, X-Line EX, X-Line S, X-Line SX Prestige

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

181 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.051 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

21 / 28 / 24

Range (city/hwy):

376 / 501 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 29 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

425 / 513 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

43 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Cargo Space:

18.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

87.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

170.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Cargo Space:

12.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

75.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

121.3 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4345 lbs

Width:

89.3 inches

Height:

69.9 inches

Length:

198.8 inches

Wheelbase:

119.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3715 lbs

Width:

74.8 inches

Height:

66.7 inches

Length:

189 inches

Wheelbase:

110.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.9 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

255/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/65R17