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2017 Kia Sorento vs Ford Explorer

2017 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

Both the 2017 Kia Sorento and Ford Explorer put you in a position for maximum adventure - whether that means exploring trails or packing up the family for a weekend on the coast. Ultimately, you'll have to decide which of these models is right for your day-to-day driving. However, our side-by-side comparison will give you a good idea as to how these crossover SUVs stack up.

2017 Kia Sorento vs Ford Explorer

Interior Design

The Sorento has space, style, and substance, making it our pick as the family-friendlier option. Inside, this mid-size SUV strikes that just-right balance between soft, cushy seating and long-term support. The second row slides and reclines, so your kids can kick back on highway trips. You can even add a third row seat, creating seating for up to seven passengers - an excellent option for big clans on the go.

The Explorer cabin is also road-trip-ready. Materials, like the soft-touch dash and optional leather upholstery, feel rich and look stylish. With its ride height, the Explorer gives you a commanding view of the road. However, its limited outward visibility makes it a little hard to handle in tight spaces.

Tech Features

The Sorento's new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration features set it apart from the competition. This technology displays vital apps on the dash's central touchscreen. Instead of paying extra for navigation, you can simply use your phone's Maps app to find your way around. You can even use voice commands to send hands-free texts - and there's no need to look away from traffic.

Like the Sorento, the Explorer makes your daily grind more convenient with features like keyless entry and ignition technology. The Ford Explorer has yet to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but its latest infotainment system is pretty impressive. With Sync 3, you'll enjoy all the basic smartphone integration features, like hands-free calling and audio streaming.

Safety Options

The Explorer comes standard with an innovative list of safety features, making it our pick in this important category. Ford's Curve Control technology monitors speed as you head into a corner, and will even automatically decelerate to keep you from losing control. The standard MyKey system gives you the power to set speed limitations for secondary drivers, so your newly licensed teens won't be able to overstep their bounds when you're not around.

The 2017 Kia Sorento impresses with its Uvo eServices telematics features, including roadside assistance, which help you out of an unexpected jam. However, you have to pay extra for these, including the Sorento's teen geo-fencing, speed, and curfew alert features. As in the Explorer, you can add high-tech driver aids to your Sorento to help you spot danger. These include a forward collision mitigation system that automatically applies the brakes when it senses an oncoming crash.

Fuel Economy

Pinching pennies at the gas pump is an admirable goal, and the 2017 Kia Sorento can help you achieve it. Depending on powertrain, this crossover SUV earns up to 21 city/28 highway mpg. Importantly, the Sorento's sophisticated ride never makes you feel like you're sacrificing speed for fuel economy.

The Explorer isn't far behind, earning up to 19/27 mpg with its thriftiest powertrain. While you save more with the Sorento, you still enjoy plenty of smooth power from behind the wheel an Explorer. Both models offer all-wheel drive, which sends you down off-road trails with enhanced traction.

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2017 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2017 Kia Sorento fits a wide range of lifestyles - whether you and your family like to travel the off-road or head down the highway in plush comfort. You can even add a third row to accommodate your growing family. When put side-by-side with a rival, the Sorento is clearly the better option.