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

2021 Ford Explorer
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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2021 Kia Sorento
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Select style
Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,878 $34,925
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,938 $32,925
Explorer King Ranch 4WD 18 24 $52,416 $54,600
Explorer King Ranch RWD 18 24 $50,496 $52,600
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $45,365 $47,255
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $43,445 $45,255
Explorer Platinum 4WD 23 26 $51,202 $53,335
Explorer Platinum RWD 18 24 $50,621 $52,730
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $47,040 $49,000
Explorer Timberline 4WD 19 23 $44,174 $46,015
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $35,592 $37,075
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $33,672 $35,075
Select style
Calligraphy AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD 21 28 $40,257 $42,250
Santa Fe Calligraphy FWD 22 28 $38,828 $40,750
Santa Fe Limited AWD 21 28 $38,543 $40,450
Santa Fe Limited FWD 22 28 $36,923 $38,750
Santa Fe SE AWD 22 25 $27,351 $28,700
Santa Fe SE FWD 25 28 $25,732 $27,000
Santa Fe SEL AWD 22 25 $29,065 $30,500
Santa Fe SEL FWD 25 28 $27,446 $28,800
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

$33,878
$40,257
$35,503

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$34,925
$42,250
$36,790

Monthly Payment Estimate

$582 / month
$704 / month
$613 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.0
7.2
6.7

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.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

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 8.2

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)

17.9 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 Drive All Wheel Drive

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 7.4 7.4

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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