2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Kia Sorento

Both the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Kia Sorento are good options for those looking for a three-row SUV with plenty of seats, however, they are also quite different. Not sure the difference between the two or the ways that they're similar? You should look through our 2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Kia Sorento comparison page!

As we said, both the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Kia Sorento can come with three rows of seats, but the base Sorento can actually only seat five and you'll have to move up to a more expensive trim for the third row of seats. The Explorer also has more room in its interior with its 152 cu.ft. of passenger volume, which is a good amount more than the 146 cu.ft. in the Kia Sorento.

2017 Ford Explorer VS2017 Kia Sorento
$31,660 MSRP
3.5L V6   
Base Engine 2.4L I-4
5,000 pounds Max Towing3,500 pounds
 Apple CarPlay/Android AutoAvailable

Differences between the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Kia Sorento

One of the biggest differences between these two models is the amount of power each can offer. The 2017 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine with 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. Th2 2017 Kia Sorento falls behind here with its smaller 2.4L I-4 engine with only 185 horsepower. Sure, the Kia Sorento can match with its available 3.3L V6 with 290 horsepower, but the Explorer has two more engine options, including a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower. 

The impressive power in the 2017 Ford Explorer can allow for up to 5,000-pound trailer but the Kia Sorento once again falls behind with its max 3,500-pound trailering rating. Both models do, however, have some good tech features on the inside. For example, both the Explorer and Sorento are compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

Want to take a closer look at the 2017 Ford Explorer to see if it's right for you? You should head over to Heritage Ford for a test drive!