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2015 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

 
2015 Kia Sorento
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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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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.
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The 2014 Dodge Journey offers three rows of seats in an easy-to-manage package, all for an affordable price.
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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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Despite the 2014 Honda Pilot's truck-like exterior, it's one of more practical and family-friendly models on of the market today.
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The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe is a little schizophrenic, but we dig both of its personalities. Those with larger families will want to look at the V-6 Santa Fe, while smaller families will enjoy the turbo-powered Santa Fe Sport.
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If you don't need a rugged SUV, the 2014 Toyota Venza is a practical, even stylish alternative with some strong wagon and hatchback leanings.
MSRP From     
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Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door I4 LXFWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door GLS4-Door Wagon I4 FWD LE (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
557875
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD

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