Compare 2015 Kia Sorento vs 2014 Ford Explorer

2015 Kia Sorento
2014 Ford Explorer
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2WD 4-Door I4 LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door I4 LX 20 27 $23,474 $24,300
AWD 4-Door I4 LX 19 25 $25,217 $26,100
2WD 4-Door V6 LX 18 25 $25,787 $26,700
AWD 4-Door V6 LX 18 24 $27,529 $28,500
2WD 4-Door V6 EX 18 25 $30,084 $31,700
AWD 4-Door V6 EX 18 24 $31,792 $33,500
2WD 4-Door V6 SX 18 25 $34,520 $36,700
AWD 4-Door V6 SX 18 24 $36,213 $38,500
2WD 4-Door V6 SX Limited 18 25 $37,540 $39,900
AWD 4-Door V6 SX Limited 18 24 $39,233 $41,700
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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $28,288 $30,015
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $30,173 $32,015
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,679 $32,900
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,544 $34,900
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,528 $38,100
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,393 $40,100
4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $38,862 $41,675
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,474
$28,288
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,300
$30,015
Monthly Payment Estimate
$405 / month
$500 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Kia Sorento gets a little better each year, and its combination of elegance, versatility, and value makes it a great pick for families. The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
55.9 56.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107.2 151.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.3 61.3
Third Leg Room (in)
NA 33.2
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.5
Third Hip Room (in)
NA 40.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 61
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.6
Third Head Room (in)
NA 37.8
Front Hip Room (in)
56.3 57.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA 50.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.8 39.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.9 67
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 112.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.2 78.9
Track Width, Front (in)
64 67
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.3 7.6
Length, Overall (in)
184.4 197.1
Height, Overall (in)
66.9 70.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.5 80.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
36.9 21
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
36.9 43.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 12.8
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.4 18.6
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 38.9
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/65TR17 P245/65TR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/65TR17 P245/65TR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1650 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1650 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
1650 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
165 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
165 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3594 4534
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 175
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
181 @ 4250 255 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA 998-1
Displacement
2.4 L/144 3.5 L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
191 @ 6300 290 @ 6500
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 17
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.64 4.48
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.39
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.83 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA 44J
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Sorento Ford Explorer
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 (Est) 9.0
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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