2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Kia Sorento

From its cavernous 3-row interior to its robust engine lineup, the 2019 Ford Explorer has everything you could need and more. So, how does this heavy hitter perform when it goes head-to-head with a competitor like 2019 Kia Sorento?

While the 2019 Sorento falls about $8,000 cheaper than the 2019 Explorer, that price cut is a lot less appealing when you take a peek inside. Between interior and engine features, the Explorer dwarfs the Sorento in nearly every dimension. See for yourself how much more the 2019 Ford Explorer has to offer compared to the 2019 Kia Sorento.

2019 Ford Explorer


2019 Kia Sorento

$32,365 Starting MSRP $24,990
290 horsepower Standard Horsepower 185 horsepower
225 lb.-ft. Standard Torque 178 lb.-ft. 
21.0 cubic feet Cargo Volume 11.3 cubic feet

2019 Ford Explorer Lineup at Akins Ford near Atlanta, GA: Better Engine Performance and Interior than the 2019 Kia Sorento

Passenger Space—Your rear passengers shouldn’t have to be confined to cramped quarters. The 2019 Ford Explorer enjoys more head space than the 2019 Kia Sorento with 1.9 inches more front head room, 1.3 inches more second-row head room and 1.5 inches more third-row head room. The Explorer is also better suited to accommodate growing legs in the rear seats, giving .1 inches more second-row legroom and 1.6 inches more third-row legroom than the Sorento.

Cargo Space—The Ford Explorer’s 21-cubic-foot cargo space doesn’t just exceed the Kia Sorento—it puts it to shame. With the Sorento offering just 11.3 cubic feet of cargo space, the Explorer boasts nearly 10.0 cubic feet more space to stow your belongings.

Engine Power—When it comes to engine power, the Sorento is fighting a losing battle. Across its lineup, the Sorento provides two engine options: a 2.4-liter DOHC (185 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque) or a 3.3-liter V6 (290 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque). The Explorer offers three engine options. At the base trim level, the Explorer already outperforms the Sorento’s top-end engine.

  • 3.5-liter DOHC V6 – 290 horsepower – 255 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost® – 280 horsepower – 310 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost® – 365 horsepower – 350 lb.-ft. of torque