Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2015 Ford Edge VS 2016 Kia Sorento Near Avondale, AZ

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2015 Ford Edge

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2016 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Sorento doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Ford Edge has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Sorento doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Edge and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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 should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge first among midsize SUVs in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The Sorento isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Sorento:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Sorento L/LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

178 lbs.-ft.

Sorento EX/SX/Limited 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 3.3 DOHC V6

290 HP

252 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento:

Edge

Sorento

2WD

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

ECOBoost 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/30 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

V6/Auto

18 city/26 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

ECOBoost V6/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

4WD

n/a

21 city/26 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

ECOBoost 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/28 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Edge V6 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento V6 Limited (17 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sorento doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sorento doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Sorento (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R17). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (265/40R21 vs. 235/65R17).

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento L/LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Sorento SX/Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento SX/Limited.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Sorento doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Sorento (112.2 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge ECOBoost uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sorento doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Sorento 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 38.8 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Sorento with all its rear seats folded (73.4 vs. 73 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Sorento’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sorento’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Sorento doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard 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. The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Edge has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Sorento L.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Edge’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Sorento offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sorento’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Edge’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sorento doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Edge and Kia Sorento won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The Ford Edge outsold the Kia Sorento by 6% during 2014.

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