Compare 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2022 Kia Sorento

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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
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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
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EX FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sorento EX FWD N/A N/A $34,152 $35,390
Sorento LX AWD 23 25 $30,194 $31,290
Sorento LX FWD 24 29 $28,457 $29,490
Sorento S FWD N/A N/A $31,159 $32,290
Sorento SX AWD 22 27 $38,191 $39,990
Sorento SX FWD 22 29 $36,472 $38,190
Sorento SX Prestige FWD 22 29 $39,240 $41,090
Sorento X-Line EX AWD 22 27 $37,721 $39,090
Sorento X-Line S AWD 23 25 $33,089 $34,290
Sorento X-Line SX Prestige AWD 22 27 $41,150 $43,090
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,878
$40,257
$34,152
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,925
$42,250
$35,390
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$704 / month
$590 / 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 2022 Kia Sorento throws wild styling pitches, but swings for the efficiency fences with a plug-in hybrid version.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg Coming Soon
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg Coming Soon
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 111.5 -
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 - 29.6
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
Passenger Capacity
7 5 6
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 - 36.8
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 59.1
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 74.8 74.8
Track Width, Front (in)
66.9 64.8 64.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 8.2 6.9
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 188.4 189
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 - -
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 66.3 66.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 65.2 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 38.5
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 Compact
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 3999
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 19 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA Compact
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 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21 22
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 Front 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 7.3 7.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 150 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - 600
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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