The 2011 Kia Sorento is an in-between-sizes crossover with V-6 and third-row options, which puts it in direct competition with the successful Toyota RAV4, which is less outwardly sleek and can get pricey in V-6 trim—and still totes a ridiculous rear-mounted spare tire that cuts into cargo room and makes the side-swinging tailgate heavy.
The new Chevy Equinox is close in concept and in execution to the Sorento, and it’s appealingly fresh inside and in driving feel, though the exterior styling’s a little dull.
The Mazda CX-7 has the handling edge in the class at the expense of interior room, while the CR-V offers tight build quality and a reliability reputation to overcome its sluggish four-cylinder-only powertrain.
Finally, the Ford Edge doesn’t offer a third-row seat, but it’s still sleek after three years on the market and claims the SYNC entertainment system as its killer app.
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|Gas I4||Gas I4 ECOTEC||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||FWD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door I4 Base||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door i SV||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SUV||5 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|Manual w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|