The 2015 Kia Sorento remains sized between two somewhat different groups of mid-size crossover competitors.
With a third-row seat--albeit a small one--it can compete with some of the larger rivals such as the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot.
Yet it has more in common, in actual interior space, with many five-passenger crossovers.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is sized closely to the Sorento--perhaps a bit roomier--and it's a mechanical cousin of the Sorento, built alongside it in Georgia (provided you're not talking about the two-row Santa Fe Sport, which is built in South Korea).
Like the Sorento, the Santa Fe lineup can pack either four- or six-cylinder engines.
The Ford Explorer is a bit larger than the Sorento, and you should forget about the Explorer of the past as it's more carlike and family-oriented today; the Ford has an even better interior, plus a super turbo V-6 version subbing in for the former V-8 option.
Among the other possibilities, we like the Toyota Venza's sporty look and tighter-than-expected handling, and we're generally disappointed by the Honda Pilot's bulky styling and poorly trimmed dash--even though it satisfies in all other areas.
The Dodge Journey is another rival worth checking out; it cuts an even smaller profile than the Sorento, but has some inventive storage solutions under its seats and some excellent infotainment features on its options list.
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