2009 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

2009 Kia Sorento
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Sorento, which soldiers on for 2009, is part of a seemingly dying class of trucklike mid-size sport-utility vehicles.

The Ford Explorer used to be the best seller in the class, but its popularity is fading and it’s slated to soon be replaced with a more carlike vehicle.

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

The GMC Envoy and its Chevrolet TrailBlazer twin are both very outdated and will soon be discontinued.

The Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen are similar vehicles that offer V-8 engines and four-wheel drive.

However there’s a wild card: Kia’s own Borrego, which is even burlier and more trucklike than the Sorento, yet brings better standards of refinement.

However, the Borrego’s (lower) fuel economy and (larger) size are likely a step in the opposite direction for those who might consider the Sorento.

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2008 Chrysler Aspen Limited2008 Chrysler Aspen
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Quick Specs
A price that’s much less than the competition is the strongest appeal of the 2009 Kia Sorento, which boasts good towing capacity and all-weather traction but doesn’t stack up to modern crossovers in other ways.
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.
The 2009 Kia Borrego isn’t the type of vehicle that’s especially popular or fashionable at this time, but it’s a home run against the competition.
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 Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door LX Base2WD 4-Door SLE2WD 4-Door V6 LXRWD 4-Door Limited2WD 4-Door SXTRWD 4-Door V6 XLT
2 Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive2 Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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