2008 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

2008 Kia Sorento LX
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Traditional SUVs with truck frames and four-wheel drive are becoming scarcer.

The Ford Explorer used to be the best seller in the class, but it's fading and will likely be replaced by a crossover vehicle in 2011.

The Mercury Mountaineer is nearly identical to the Explorer; both offer three rows of seating and optional V-8 engines.

The GMC Envoy is a traditional SUV with good towing capacity and smart styling.

The Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen are similar vehicles that offer V-8 engines, four-wheel drive, and coming this fall, a hybrid powertrain.

2008 Kia Sorento LX2008 Kia Sorento
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2009 GMC Envoy2009 GMC Envoy
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2008 Chrysler Aspen Limited2008 Chrysler Aspen
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2008 Dodge Durango SXT2008 Dodge Durango
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2008 Ford Explorer RWD 4-door V6 XLT Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Explorer
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Kia Sorento has good towing capacity and all-weather handling, but it lacks the features, the performance and the carlike characteristics of more modern SUVs and crossovers.
The 2009 GMC Envoy is only somewhat suited to hauling passengers from point A to point B. But if you tow frequently, the Envoy might still make sense.
There are few compelling reasons to choose the 2008 Chrysler Aspen over slightly larger, roomier competitors like a well-equipped Ford Expedition or GMC Yukon.
If you plan to tow, a 2008 Dodge Durango with a V-8 will work nearly as well as a Tahoe or Expedition, at a lower price.
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
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Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door SLERWD 4-Door Limited2WD 4-Door SXTRWD 4-Door V6 XLT
2 Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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