Compare 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2021 Kia Sorento

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2021 Kia Sorento
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,198 $34,225
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,258 $32,225
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $45,125 $47,005
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $43,205 $45,005
Explorer Platinum 4WD 18 24 $52,301 $54,480
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $50,501 $52,605
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $34,560 $36,000
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $32,640 $34,000
Select style
Calligraphy AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD 21 28 $40,114 $42,100
Santa Fe Limited AWD 21 28 $38,400 $40,300
Santa Fe Limited FWD 22 28 $36,781 $38,600
Santa Fe SE AWD 22 25 $27,208 $28,550
Santa Fe SE FWD 25 28 $25,589 $26,850
Santa Fe SEL AWD 22 25 $28,922 $30,350
Santa Fe SEL FWD 25 28 $27,303 $28,650
Select style
EX AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sorento EX AWD 21 28 $35,503 $36,790
Sorento EX FWD 22 29 $33,766 $34,990
Sorento LX AWD 23 25 $30,099 $31,190
Sorento LX FWD 24 29 $28,362 $29,390
Sorento S AWD 23 25 $32,510 $33,690
Sorento S FWD 24 29 $30,773 $31,890
Sorento SX AWD 21 28 $38,000 $39,790
Sorento SX FWD 22 29 $36,281 $37,990
Sorento SX Prestige FWD 22 29 $38,764 $40,590
Sorento SX Prestige X-Line AWD 21 28 $40,674 $42,590
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,198
$40,114
$35,503
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,225
$42,100
$36,790
Monthly Payment Estimate
$570 / month
$702 / month
$613 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
6.8
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe makes premium gains with hybrid and turbo-4 power and a Palisade-like interior. The 2021 Kia Sorento crossover SUV strikes out in a new styling direction, and brings hybrid and plug-in models along for the adventure.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 - 29.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 111.5 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 37.8 39.1
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 - 42.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 58.3 58.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43 44.1 41.4
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 - 36.8
Passenger Capacity
7 5 6
Front Hip Room (in)
59.2 57.5 55.6
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 - 53
Second Leg Room (in)
39 41.7 41.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 39.5 40.3
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 56.3 55.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 59.1 59
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 74.8 74.8
Track Width, Front (in)
66.9 64.8 -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 8.2 6.9
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 188.4 188.9
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 - -
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 66.3 66.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 65.2 -
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 108.9 110.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.8 - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
83.9 - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
87.8 72.1 75.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
20.8 - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.2 36.4 12.6
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
48.1 - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.8 - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.9 36.4 38.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
59 - -
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12 12
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 12.8 12.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 18.8 17.7
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 37.5 -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P235/55HR19 P235/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P235/55HR19 P235/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5300 3500 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5300 3500 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
530 350 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4076 4120
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 19 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 19 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3500 311 @ 1700 311 @ 1700
Engine Order Code
99H NA NA
Displacement
2.3 L/140 2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5500 277 @ 5800 281 @ 5800
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21 21
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.32 3.32
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 2.22 2.22
Trans Type
10 8 8
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 0.86 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.88 3.70 3.97
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.65 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 2.22 2.22
Trans Order Code
44T NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 1.62 1.62
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 0.67 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.79 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 3.43 3.43
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Hyundai Santa Fe Kia Sorento
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 7.3 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 150 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - 600
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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2021 Ford Explorer
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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2021 Kia Sorento
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  • Lease: From $259 per month for 36 months
  • Rebate: College grad and military deals
  • Finance: From 1.9% APR for 66 months
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