2011 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

2011 Kia Sorento 2WD 4-door V6 EX Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2011 Kia Sorento is an in-between-sizes crossover with V-6 and third-row options, which puts it in direct competition with the successful Toyota RAV4, which is less outwardly sleek and can get pricey in V-6 trim—and still totes a ridiculous rear-mounted spare tire that cuts into cargo room and makes the side-swinging tailgate heavy.

The new Chevy Equinox is close in concept and in execution to the Sorento, and it’s appealingly fresh inside and in driving feel, though the exterior styling’s a little dull.

The Mazda CX-7 has the handling edge in the class at the expense of interior room, while the CR-V offers tight build quality and a reliability reputation to overcome its sluggish four-cylinder-only powertrain.

Finally, the Ford Edge doesn’t offer a third-row seat, but it’s still sleek after three years on the market and claims the SYNC entertainment system as its killer app.

2011 Kia Sorento 2WD 4-door V6 EX Angular Front Exterior View2011 Kia Sorento
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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2010 Ford Edge 4-door Sport FWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Ford Edge
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Kia Sorento takes a right turn in its transition from off-roader to all-weather wagon: It’s sized right, timed right, and packaged right.
If you don’t need a third row, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is just right for small families; it’s refined, secure, and versatile, and gets very impressive fuel economy in four-cylinder form.
Provided you don't need a third-row seat, the 2011 Ford Edge is at last, at the leading edge of mid-size crossovers, with one of the best driver interfaces in the business.
The 2010 Honda CR-V is a bit homely, but it fits right in for those placing the priority on frugality, safety, and interior space.
If you want the driving experience of a sports sedan but need the versatility of a wagon, the 2010 Mazda CX-7 remains one of the better choices.
Though it might wear a spare tire on its tail like the hard-core SUVs of yore, don't let that throw you off. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is actually a practical, fuel-efficient choice for frugal families on the go.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4 ECOTECGas V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door I4 BaseFWD 4-Door LS4-Door SE FWD2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door i SVFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV5 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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