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2017 Kia Sorento vs Nissan Rogue

2017 Kia Sorento vs Ford Explorer

The 2017 Kia Sorento and the Nissan Rogue are vehicles of a fairly similar size, they've both been recently been redesigned, and both will squeeze a third-row of seating into some models. On top of all that, they're also both similarly priced, so let's see which is most deserving of our hard-earned clash between these two popular crossovers.

2017 Kia Sorento vs Nissan Rogue

Styling

The Kia Sorento was completely redesigned just last year, which included totally new sheet metal and a slight adjustment of its proportions. It does look suspiciously as though the Kia designers looked at the opposition and stole the best bits from their models, but there's no law against that. There's nothing particularly revolutionary about the styling, which could be a good or a not-so-good thing depending on your point of view.

This year has brought a noticeable refreshing of the Nissan Rogue's styling, which has seen it become a little more conservative and mature--but it's still a very good-looking crossover. It's a sportier design than the Sorento, possibly as a result of not having as much room for that third-row seat in the back.

Interior

Kia doesn't ask you for luxury money for the 2017 Sorento, but it certainly delivers plenty of luxury ambience in the cabin. It's not noticeably bigger outside than the previous model, but clever packaging has made it roomier inside. There's plenty of seat adjustment, especially in higher trims, and the second row bench does flip forward easily for more cargo space or to access the rear. Even without noise cancellation technology, this is still a very quiet cabin.

The Rogue is one of the smallest crossovers in the market to offer a third row seat, but it's only big enough to accommodate small children; unless you need them on a frequent basis, you're much better off going for the Rogue as a five-seat model. The most interior volume offered by the Rogue is 126.5 cu.-ft., while the Sorento can boast up to 154.2 cu.-ft. This is another victory for the Kia then.

Engines and Performance

You'll have no less than three engine options for the 2017 Kia Sorento, which are a 2.4-liter inline-four, a 2.0-liter turbo-four, and a 3.3-liter V-6. You'll have no lack of power as even the base engine develops 185 horsepower, but the V-6 makes short work of a full load with its impressive 290 horsepower. In between the two, the 240 horsepower of the 2.0T delivers a great combination of power and fuel efficiency.

The Rogue offers just a single conventional engine in the shape of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces just 170 horsepower. That's less than even the least powerful unit in the Sorento, and it will struggle when the Nissan is carrying anything near a full load. This has to be another win for the Kia.

Fuel Economy

You choose your engine and choose your fuel-economy with the 2017 Kia Sorento, but none of them are what you'd call particularly thirsty, especially for a three-row model. Naturally, the V-6 is the least efficient with ratings of 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg combined. But the best figures come from the base 2.4 with EPA ratings of 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined with front-wheel drive.

Even the standard Rogue with front-wheel drive is rated at 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined, and of course the Rogue hybrid is considerably better than that with numbers as good as 33/35/34 mpg. This is a big win here then for the Nissan.

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2017 Kia Sorento vs Ford Explorer

Though many buyers love the Rogue, the truth is that you get more vehicle for your money with the 2017 Kia Sorento. The Kia is a more practical choice than the Nissan, with a more practical third-row seat and a stronger engine.