2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

You've earned the right to have a vehicle that can fit a large group while still having the fuel economy of a sedan. Enter the midsize SUV class, with three of its ambassadors which we will compare here, the 2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. All of them feature cargo room in excess of 70 cubic feet and the ability to tow at least 5,000 pounds, so what sets them apart?

One thing that stands out is the fuel economy you get in a base trim level, with the 2017 Sorento at the top with 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, leaving the 2017 Explorer in the dust with its 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and edging the 2017 Pathfinder's 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. But there's plenty more to choose from with the 2017 Sorento, which has seven trim options, so you can go from an economical base trim option with 185 HP to a rip-roaring V6 model with 290 HP and the power to wreak havoc on off-road surfaces. The 2017 Ford Explorer has a similar power output as the 2017 Sorento, even exceeding the Sorento in trims with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, but there are only five trim options for the Explorer and its base MSRP is more than $5,000 higher than the 2017 Sorento's. Speaking of savings, the 2017 Pathfinder's starting MSRP is more than $4,000 more than the 2017 Sorento's, so the 2017 Sorento is an easy choice if you like quality and affordability in one package.

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2017 Kia Sorento Specs, Features

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2017 Kia Sorento Vs. 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
21, 28 MPG (city, highway)  17, 24 20, 27
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? No No
7 Trim Options 5 4
Yes Available Autonomous Emergency Braking? No No
5 years or 60,000 miles Warranty Coverage: Bumper-to-Bumper 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
10 years or 100,000 miles Warranty Coverage: Limited Powertrain 5 years or 60,000 miles 5 years or 60,000 miles

Run Over the SUV Competition with a Kia Sorento in Naples FL

In addition to the advantages the 2017 Kia Sorento has in fuel economy, starting MSRP and model options, the Sorento also has an available driver-assist feature the other two vehicles do not have, and which is really helpful for avoiding a sudden accident: Autonomous Emergency Braking. As Bo Jackson and Brian Bosworth know from a new commercial campaign, the 2017 Kia Sorento is the "MVP of SUVs," with its unbeatable combination of fuel economy and performance, to go along with its safety features that earned it an IIHS Top Safety Pick. This means the 2017 Sorento is one of the most impact-resistant SUVs in its class, an honor which the 2017 Ford Explorer and the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder do not share.

So isn’t it time to make tracks to take a 2017 Kia Sorento for a test drive? We carry it at Airport Kia, 3325 Westview Drive in Naples, FL. We also serve the Fort Myers and Cape Coral areas, as well as Bonita Springs and Marco Island. For more information please call us at (877) 747-2059 or come see us in person to set up a test drive for a 2017 Kia Sorento today.

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