Compare 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2022 Kia Sorento

2021 Ford Explorer
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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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EX FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sorento EX FWD N/A N/A $34,247 $35,490
Sorento LX AWD 23 25 $30,292 $31,390
Sorento LX FWD 24 29 $28,555 $29,590
Sorento S FWD N/A N/A $31,257 $32,390
Sorento SX AWD 22 27 $38,285 $40,090
Sorento SX FWD 22 29 $36,566 $38,290
Sorento SX Prestige FWD 22 29 $39,337 $41,190
Sorento X-Line EX AWD 22 27 $37,819 $39,190
Sorento X-Line S AWD 23 25 $33,187 $34,390
Sorento X-Line SX Prestige AWD 22 27 $41,247 $43,190
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,878
$34,247
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,925
$35,490
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$592 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
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 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 Coming Soon
Highway
27 mpg Coming Soon
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 29.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.1
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 42.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 58.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43 41.4
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 36.8
Passenger Capacity
7 6
Front Hip Room (in)
59.2 55.6
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 53
Second Leg Room (in)
39 41.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 40.3
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 55.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 59.1
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 74.8
Track Width, Front (in)
66.9 64.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 6.9
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 189
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 -
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 66.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 65.2
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 110.8
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 75.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
20.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.2 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 38.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
59 -
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 12.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.9 17.7
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P235/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P235/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5300 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5300 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
530 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 3999
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3500 311 @ 1700
Engine Order Code
99H NA
Displacement
2.3 L/140 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5500 281 @ 5800
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.32
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 2.22
Trans Type
10 8
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.88 3.97
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 2.22
Trans Order Code
44T NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 1.62
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 3.43
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Kia Sorento
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 150
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
  • 2022 Explorer now in stock; 2021s still available
  • Lease: From $339/mo
  • Rebates: Up to $1,000 off
  • Finance: From 0% APR
2022 Kia Sorento
  • 2022 Kia Sorento available; 2021s sold out
  • Lease: From $309 per month for 36 months
  • Rebate: No cash incentives
  • Finance: From 1.9% APR for 48 months
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