Compare 2008 Ford Explorer vs 2009 Kia Sorento

2008 Ford Explorer
2009 Kia Sorento
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4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $26,881 $28,815
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 19 $28,074 $30,125
Explorer AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
Explorer AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
Explorer AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
Explorer AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $27,273 $29,245
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $30,740 $33,055
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $24,771 $26,495
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 20 $28,465 $30,555
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 20 $31,932 $34,365
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 20 $25,958 $27,800
Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $27,903 $30,015
Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $26,002 $27,925
Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $29,092 $31,320
Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 19 $27,194 $29,235
Explorer Sport Trac AWD 4-Door V6 Adrenaline 13 19 $27,903 $30,015
Explorer Sport Trac AWD 4-Door V8 Adrenaline 13 19 $29,092 $31,320
Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $25,606 $27,490
Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $23,704 $25,400
Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 20 $26,798 $28,800
Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 20 $24,896 $26,710
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2WD 4-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sorento 2WD 4-Door EX 15 21 $23,600 $25,345
Sorento 2WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $21,480 $22,645
Sorento 2WD 4-Door LX Base 16 22 $20,530 $21,545
Sorento 4WD 4-Door EX 15 20 $25,350 $27,245
Sorento 4WD 4-Door LX 15 22 $23,330 $24,645
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,384
$23,600
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,565
$25,345
Monthly Payment Estimate
$526 / month
$422 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
13 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
19 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate -
EPA Classification
- 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.5 58.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.0 58.9
Third Leg Room (in)
NA -
Second Head Room (in)
38.7 39.5
Third Hip Room (in)
NA -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.9 58.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.6
Third Head Room (in)
NA -
Front Hip Room (in)
55.4 55.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 36.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 137.5
Exterior Dimensions
Step Up Height - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.7 - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
44.3 -
Wheelbase (in)
113.7 106.7
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.3 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 74.2
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Overhang, Front (in)
35.4 -
Step Up Height - Side (in)
- TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.4 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
193.4 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.3 -
Height, Overall (in)
72.8 71.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8.2
Length, Overall (in)
- 180.7
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 62.2
Track Width, Front (in)
- 62.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
45.1 31.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
85.8 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.01 x 0.43 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.85 x 0.39 12.4 x - TBD -
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
Midship -
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 35.4
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Speed Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
NA -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
38.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
18.9 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- - TBD -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.70
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
709 -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Rear Tire Order Code
TC2 NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
709 -
Spare Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/70R16
Front Tire Order Code
TC2 NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Spare Tire Order Code
TC2 NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
709 -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 165
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 1653
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 1653
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 165
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3400 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2140 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2960 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
8500 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2466 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6180 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4083
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 Full-size
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 11.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA -
Maximum Alternator Watts
1950 -
Engine
Displacement
4.0L/245 3.8L/231
Engine Oil Cooler
NA -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5100 262 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 3700 260 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
- TBD - NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
19 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
13 15
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.52
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Sportmatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 NA
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive 2 Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.07 2.61
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.29 2.37
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Model
BW-4411 -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.22 3.83
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
2.48 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.33
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Kia Sorento
Body Code
NA -
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.77 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
3.55 -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2200 -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32.0 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Ford SLA -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.34 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3600 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
2470 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.55 -
Axle Type - Front
Ford SLA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
32.0 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3240 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- NA
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder -
Doors
Side Door Type
NA -

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