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2018 Kia Sorento vs Ford Explorer

2018 Kia Sorento vs Ford Explorer

If you're looking at this article, you're probably interested in third-row seating without stepping up to a full-size SUV. This mid-size matchup pits the 2018 Kia Sorento against the 2018 Ford Explorer. Both are seven-seater SUVs, or six-seater with second-row captain seats. Which comes out on top? Read on to find out.

Performance and Handling: Kia Sorento

Just because you want the room and versatility of a seven-seat SUV doesn't mean you want to feel like you're steering a steamboat. Lucky for you, the Kia Sorento drives smaller than it looks. It's plenty spacious but also an agile, comfortable drive. For its class, it stops on a dime. Most drivers will be fine with the 185-horsepower standard engine but those wanting a sportier feel can upgrade to the powerful 290-horsepower V6. Either way, you get better fuel economy than you do in a similarly equipped Explorer. You can get some modest towing out of the Sorento, to the tune of 2,000 pounds.

On the other hand, the 2018 Ford Explorer drives like a tugboat. On corners, you'll feel every one of its 4,500 pounds. Power won't be an issue with its 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine and its 5,000-pound towing capacity, but on anything other than a straight road and your Explorer will feel unwieldy. You might get better performance with the Explorer, but the Sorento gives you a small-car feel without sacrificing any precious cabin space.

Cargo: Ford Explorer

Third-row seating isn't the only space consideration in the mid-size SUV class. How much stuff fits behind the third-row seats is also pretty important, especially if you are a weekend warrior. The Kia Sorento has a modest cargo capacity of 11.3 cubic feet. On the plus side, it has more in-cabin cubbies and storage spots than almost any in its class.

The Ford Explorer has almost double the cargo capacity. Being almost a foot longer may compromise its agility in driving but it's certainly helped with storage space. Both the Kia and Ford SUVs have available power liftgate.

Safety: Kia Sorento

The 2018 Kia Sorento aced this year's crash safety tests, scoring high marks and earning a best-in-class Top Safety Pick + distinction.

But the 2018 Ford Explorer struggled, earning a "Good" mark in most categories, but a "Marginal" rating on the small-overlap test. That cost it not only the Plus distinction, but the lesser Top Safety Pick one as well.

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Because of its engine and length, 2018 Ford Explorer can exert more raw power and has more cargo capacity, but its heavy-duty aspirations have cost it in most other categories. It's still living in the day when SUVs were for weekend trips, not everyday family cars. If you're looking for something with more agility, better safety rating, nicer interior, and better fuel economy, consider the Kia Sorento.

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