Which to Choose: the 2019 Kia Sorento or the 2019 Ford Explorer

The new 2019 Kia Sorento offers the versatility, modern comfort, and capable performance that you look for in a mid-size crossover. With everything from cutting-edge technology to a sleek appearance, the new Sorento is as remarkable on the outside as it is on the inside. Even with the Kia Sorento's impressive features and capabilities, there are still competitors like the new Ford Explorer.  To give you a better sense of which SUV might meet your needs best, we have the Kia Sorento and Ford Escape go head-to-head to compare their most important aspects. Consider our comparison of each model to see which suits you.

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The 2019 Kia Sorento Vs. the 2019 Ford Explorer

Both of these models are three-row mid-size SUVs that come with front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. The Explorer puts a greater emphasis on power and cargo space while the Sorento focuses on reliability, technology, and everyday practicality. Let's see how these two SUVs compare in each of the most important categories.


The Explorer put its eggs in the performance basket with a standard 290-horsepower engine. The Sorento comes with a standard 185-horsepower engine and an available 290-horsepower engine.


The new Sorento leaves the Explorer in the dust when it comes to safety. The Sorento earned the 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating when equipped with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights. The new Explorer didn't cut it for that rating even with its available safety suite.


The Sorento nearly doubles the powertrain warranty of the Explorer with 100,000-mile, 10-year warranty to the Explorer's 60,000-mile, 5-year warranty. The Sorento's warranty gives you the peace of mind that you need, knowing that your Sorento will have warranty coverage when you need it.

The Results

As you can see, there are areas where one SUV takes the lead over the other, but where it counts and more consistently, the new 2019 Sorento delivers the features and capabilities that matter most. If you want to learn more about the impressive design of the new Sorento, schedule a test drive today!