2017 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The redesigned version of the Kia Sorento that made its debut this past year is quite different than previous models; here, the Korean automaker targeted German luxury crossovers, plus the Jeep Grand Cherokee for its on-road manners, and for the entire group's refinement and feel of solidity.

The mission was successful, as the Sorento emulates the look and feel of most of these vehicles, with a far more mature, refined ride and well-detailed interior.

Compared to the Sorento, the Toyota Highlander feels busier and less refined from inside, as well as somewhat less responsive, and its odd truck-like aesthetic (despite its carlike driving manners) can be off-putting.

The Honda Pilot was also completely new this past year and makes a little more use of its space, with three rows of seating and some awesome versatility for cargo and gear.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a close cousin, sharing much of the Sorento’s underpinnings.

The Ford Edge sticks with a five-seat layout, with an emphasis on performance and technology.

The Nissan Murano is an almost polar opposite of the Sorento, as it appeals to empty-nester adults rather than families, with bigger, better contoured second-row seats and more of an emphasis on comfort as much for those in back as for the driver.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Kia Sorento stays true to its high-value roots, but it's grown up in refinement and comfort.
The 2017 Ford Edge skips third-row seats for better road manners, but it could stand a round of comfort and safety upgrades.
The 2017 Honda Pilot is a capable, refined crossover SUV with all the goodness of a minivan, save for the sliding doors.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a benchmark SUV; it's a luxury vehicle, a talented off-roader, a scalding-hot track runner, and a family wagon extraordinaire.
The 2017 Nissan Murano is smooth and polished—and that may be just the ticket for buyers who want a high seating position and the availability of all-wheel drive.
The Toyota Highlander gets a stronger, more responsive powertrain for 2017, but the main strengths are the ride quality, the cabin refinement, and the space for eight.
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