Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 Kia Sorento Near Avondale, AZ

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 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 Edge offers optional 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn 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, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Kia Sorento:

 

Edge

Sorento

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Hip Force

281 lbs.

309 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

115

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

647 lbs.

818 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

585 lbs.

689 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 5 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.

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 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

178 lbs.-ft.

Sorento EX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 3.3 DOHC V6

290 HP

252 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Kia Sorento V6:

 

Edge

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

89.6 MPH

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/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

n/a

21 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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.

The Edge stops much shorter than the Sorento:

 

Edge

Sorento

 

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

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).

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Sorento LX (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge 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 much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Sorento with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 11.3 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Sorento with its rear seat 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 from a distance 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 Sorento only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

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 Sport’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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because it costs $180 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Sorento, including $62 less for an alternator, $120 less for fuel injection, $17 less for a fuel pump, $26 less for front struts and $730 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Edge, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Ford Edge outsold the Kia Sorento by 13% during the 2016 model year.

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