Over the years, consumers have grown to expect much more than just versatility when shopping for a new SUV. To truly catch the consumer’s eye, the SUV needs to combine versatility with all of the latest technological features, and with excellent fuel economy to match. Can the latest offerings from Kia and Ford live up to those high standards? Read the comparison of the 2014 Kia Sorrento and 2014 Ford Explorer ahead, and you will find the answer to that question.
The first thing to stand out when you look at the 2014 Kia Sorrento is its 17 inch alloy wheels, which are all shine and style. On the Explorer, you will see 17 inch steel wheels, which serve their purpose, but without the stylish added touch of alloy. The 2014 Explorer brings to mind earlier Ford models from the 1990s and early 2000s, with sharp angles and hard lines common in those eras.
While it’s not a bad-looking vehicle, the 2014 Explorer simply does little to advance the model’s look. The 2014 Kia Sorrento, though, is decidedly modern. On first glance, the Sorrento’s wraparound headlights and tasteful grille set the tone for a vehicle that combines style and substance. The overall design of the Sorrento offers a number of fresh ideas, seamlessly combining the sporty look of smaller vehicles with the larger body of an SUV.
Fuel Economy and Performance
The Explorer comes with a 3.5 liter, six-cylinder engine which delivers more power than the Sorrento’s 2.4 liter, inline four-cylinder offering, but at a heavy cost to fuel economy. The Sorrento gets 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and has a full-tank range nearly 30 miles better than the Explorer for city driving, even though the Sorrento’s tank holds over a gallon less gas.
It’s also important to keep in mind the fact that the Sorrento is over 1,000 pounds lighter than the Explorer, so the power of the Kia’s slightly smaller engine is actually able to do more with less, saving plenty of money on gas along the way. Both vehicles feature front-wheel drive, to go along with six-speed, shiftable automatic transmissions.
The Explorer has a slightly smaller engine, so it must be more spacious than the Kia on the inside, right? Actually, the Sorrento has a considerable advantage in cargo space, when all seats are in their normal position, with 36.9 cubic feet of cargo space to the Explorer’s 21 cubic feet. The Sorrento also has a number of advantageous stylistic and technological features not found in the Explorer, with simulated wood trim, a USB port, and satellite radio. Both vehicles also have Bluetooth capability, auxiliary input for mp3 players, and wheel-mounted audio and cruise control.
Both vehicles score well in safety, though the Sorrento does have a few key advantages. First, the Sorrento offers a few things the Explorer does not, including passenger and driver whiplash protection systems, daytime running lights, a remote anti-theft system, and turn signal mirrors. In addition, the Sorrento’s lighter weight makes it easier to stop or maneuver in the event of an emergency.
In the end, the only true advantage of the Explorer is its engine size, and even that comes with the cost of lesser fuel economy. The 2014 Kia Sorrento, on the other hand, combines a number of innovations in safety, appearance, technological features, and fuel economy to deliver a total package that consumers are raving about. If you need more proof, a quick glance at the consumer reviews for each vehicle will confirm that the Sorrento is the vehicle to beat.