Compare 2009 Kia Sorento vs 2008 Ford Explorer

2009 Kia Sorento
2008 Ford Explorer
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2WD 4-Door LX Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door LX Base 16 22 $20,530 $21,545
2WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $21,480 $22,645
4WD 4-Door LX 15 22 $23,330 $24,645
2WD 4-Door EX 15 21 $23,600 $25,345
4WD 4-Door EX 15 20 $25,350 $27,245
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RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $24,771 $26,495
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 20 $25,958 $27,800
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $26,881 $28,815
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $27,273 $29,245
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 19 $28,074 $30,125
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 20 $28,465 $30,555
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $30,740 $33,055
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 20 $31,932 $34,365
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,530
$24,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,545
$26,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$359 / month
$442 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
A price that’s much less than the competition is the strongest appeal of the 2009 Kia Sorento, which boasts good towing capacity and all-weather traction but doesn’t stack up to modern crossovers in other ways. As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle -
Rear Door Type
- Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.5 38.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
55.3 55.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
137.5 -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
58.0 55.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.9 59.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 -
Length, Overall (in)
180.7 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 72.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.2 -
Wheelbase (in)
106.7 113.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 33.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.3 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
- NA
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- 8.3
Step Up Height - Front (in)
- - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
- 44.3
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- 8.3
Side Door Opening Width (in)
- NA
Overhang, Front (in)
- 35.4
Step Up Height - Side (in)
- - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- 31.4
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
- 193.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 44.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.7 45.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- TBD - 85.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
- NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
- NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x - TBD - 11.85 x 0.39
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.01 x 0.43
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 22.5
Fuel Tank Location
- Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- NA
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 36.8
Steering Type
Speed Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.70 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 38.4
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
- 18.9
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- NA
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/70R16 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size
P245/70R16 P235/70R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA T52
Spare Tire Order Code
NA T52
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R16 P235/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T52
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1700
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- 721
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- 721
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1700
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1700
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- 721
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
165 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1653 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4068 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
- 8500
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
- 2329
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 6010
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
- 3340
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
- 2107
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
- 2860
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x 7
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.6 7.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
- 1950
Engine
Fuel System
NA SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
228 @ 4500 254 @ 3700
Engine Order Code
NA - TBD -
Displacement
3.3L/204 4.0L/245
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
242 @ 6000 210 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Engine Oil Cooler
- NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 14
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.83 3.22
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.54
Trans Type
5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
Sportmatic NA
Drivetrain
2 Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.61 3.07
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 2.29
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.33 -
Transfer Case Model
- NA
Trans PTO Access
- NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- NA
Trans Power Take Off
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Kia Sorento Ford Explorer
Body Code
- NA
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.34
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32.0
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.77
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32.0
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- 3240
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- 2200
Axle Type - Rear
- Ford SLA
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- 3600
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- 2470
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 3.55
Axle Type - Front
- Ford SLA
Frame
Frame Type
- Ladder
Doors
Side Door Type
- NA

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