2015 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

2015 Kia Sorento
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2015 Kia Sorento remains sized between two somewhat different groups of mid-size crossover competitors.

With a third-row seat--albeit a small one--it can compete with some of the larger rivals such as the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot.

Yet it has more in common, in actual interior space, with many five-passenger crossovers.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is sized closely to the Sorento--perhaps a bit roomier--and it's a mechanical cousin of the Sorento, built alongside it in Georgia (provided you're not talking about the two-row Santa Fe Sport, which is built in South Korea).

Like the Sorento, the Santa Fe lineup can pack either four- or six-cylinder engines.

The Ford Explorer is a bit larger than the Sorento, and you should forget about the Explorer of the past as it's more carlike and family-oriented today; the Ford has an even better interior, plus a super turbo V-6 version subbing in for the former V-8 option.

Among the other possibilities, we like the Toyota Venza's sporty look and tighter-than-expected handling, and we're generally disappointed by the Honda Pilot's bulky styling and poorly trimmed dash--even though it satisfies in all other areas.

The Dodge Journey is another rival worth checking out; it cuts an even smaller profile than the Sorento, but has some inventive storage solutions under its seats and some excellent infotainment features on its options list.

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Quick Specs
The 2015 Kia Sorento gets a little better each year, and its combination of elegance, versatility, and value makes it a great pick for families.
The 2015 Dodge Journey is at once an alternative to minivans and large crossovers, with intelligent packaging and good value.
The 2015 Ford Explorer has a historic name, but it's a much more comfortable, road-worthy vehicle than it ever was in the past.
The 2015 Honda Pilot is one of the most practical and family-friendly vehicles in its segment, despite its boxy, truck-like appearance.
The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is really two vehicles in one, with the larger model geared toward big families and the smaller Sport version good for those with smaller broods.
The Toyota Venza gives up all SUV styling pretenses in favor of big-hatchback utility and a truly carlike atmosphere.
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Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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