2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Kia Sorento

The Ford Explorer burst onto the scene back in 1990 and has never stopped gaining momentum since then. As a result, it is one of the best-selling SUVs in the world with millions of satisfied customers. Ford recently did a complete redesign of the Explorer to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this iconic SUV. Now for the new 2017 model year they have made a few more tweaks and changes to make this already great SUV ever better for the new model year. As a result, we expect the sales and popularity of the Ford Explorer to reach all-new heights this year.

We honestly believe that the Ford Explorer is the best SUV that money can buy. However, we don’t just expect you to take our word for it. Therefore, we have decided to do a comparison between the Explorer and one of the top competitors in the segment, Kia’s Sorento model. Continue reading to learn about which of these two vehicles is best in the 2017 model year.

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2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Kia Sorento
290 @ 6500 RPM Horsepower 185 @ 6000 RPM
255 @ 3000 RPM Torque 178 @ 4000 RPM
24 MPG HWY Fuel Economy 28 MPG
3.5L V6 Engine 2.4L I-4

2017 Ford Explorer: Capable and Advanced

When you match up the new 2017 Ford Explorer against the 2017 Kia Sorento, there are some obvious things that stand out on the stats sheet. First of all, the capability and performance of the 2017 Ford Explorer is far better than the 2017 Kia Sorento. The standard 3.5L six-cylinder engine on the 2017 Ford Explorer is able to produce an outstanding 290 horsepower with 255 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the undersized 2.4L I-4 engine on the 2017 Kia Sorento is only able to make 185 horsepower with 178 pound-feet of torque. Therefore, we would highly recommend going with the Explorer if you plan to tow any trailers, or haul lots of cargo or passengers. The Sorento just does not have the capability that you need to do those things effectively.

Another way that the new 2017 Ford Explorer is really able to outshine the 2017 Kia Sorento is with its exterior styling. Ford really went all out when they redesigned the styling of the Explorer for its 25th anniversary and we think it’s the best looking vehicle in its class. It has the perfect combination of sportiness and sophistication and has received nothing but rave reviews. On the other hand, the 2017 Kia Sorento is not very attractive. In fact, we think that it has a styling that is somewhat comparable to a minivan.

Off road driving on the 2017 Ford Explorer
Grille on the 2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer driving down the road
Interior on the new 2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Edge Exterior