The Edge’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Sorento doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.
The Edge offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.
Both the Edge and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.
The Edge’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.
There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Edge’s warranty.
The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Sorento doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford Edge 2WD’s reliability will be 47% better than the Sorento.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge first among midsize multi-activity vehicles in their 2009 Initial Quality Study. The Sorento isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 15th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 25th.
The Edge’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 90 more horsepower (265 vs. 175) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 169) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 248) than the Sorento EX’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.
The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Sorento (19 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (20 vs. 18 gallons).
For better stopping power the Edge AWD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sorento:
The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sorento are solid, not vented.
In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Edge has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Sorento doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.
For better traction, the Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (265/40R22 vs. 235/65R17).
The Edge Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento EX’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 22 inch wheels. The Sorento’s largest wheels are only 18 inches.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Sorento (111.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.7 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than on the Sorento.
For greater off-road capability the Edge has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (7.9 vs. 7.5 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Edge has .8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sorento.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Edge’s rear seats recline. The Sorento’s middle row seats don’t recline.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Edge (except SE) offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Sorento doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The Edge offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Sorento doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
When two different drivers share the Edge (except SE/SEL), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Sorento doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Edge (except SE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Sorento doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The power windows standard on both the Edge and the Sorento have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Sorento prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Edge’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Sorento only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.