If you're on the hunt for an SUV that can handle your busy lifestyle in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, or Carlisle, we have good news for you! Both the 2020 Kia Sorento and Ford Explorer offer top-notch features that go far beyond the call of duty.

With so much to enjoy in both vehicles, how can you possibly choose, you ask? This 2020 Kia Sorento vs. Ford Explorer comparison by the team at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg will help you do just that.

Read on to see how the Sorento and Explorer compare when it comes to performance, advanced technology, and safety.

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Ford Explorer

Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™



Passenger Seating

Up to 7

Up to 7

Passenger Volume

154.2 cubic feet

152.7 cubic feet

Front Legroom

44 in.

43 in.

Sorento vs Explorer: Performance Specs

Both the 2020 Kia Sorento and Ford Explorer offer multiple available engines. Whether you choose a 4-cylinder or an available V6 engine, you'll have all the power you want and efficiency you need for your commutes and adventures.

If you go with the Explorer, you'll have to keep in mind that the standard 4-cylinder and V6 engines require premium gasoline. Unlike the Sorento, you'll have to fill up with premium gasoline each time you stop.

Kia Sorento MPG

Sorento vs Explorer: Advanced Technology Features

While power and efficiency are important, you'll also want the latest in technology on your side. In both the Sorento and Explorer, you'll have smart infotainment systems that specialize in both entertainment and convenience.

Opt for standard features like smartphone connectivity and available turn-by-turn navigation, and even add smartphone app integration with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

One feature you'll have access to in the Sorento--but miss out on in the Ford Explorer--is the available Harman Kardon™ 10-Speaker Surround Sound Audio system with an external amplifier, subwoofer, and Clari-Fi™. Clari-Fi™ technology perfects the sound of music, so you get the best quality audio entertainment possible.

Sorento vs Explorer: Smart Safety Systems

In both models, you'll be able to enjoy advanced available safety features, like the Sorento's Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, or the Explorer's BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) and Lane-Keeping System. These features will keep you in the know of your surroundings.

Both models offer cameras that allow you to see around your vehicle completely via its infotainment screen­­--the Surround View Monitor in the Kia Sorento, and the 360-Degree camera in the Ford Explorer. However, the Sorento takes safety to the next level with its rearview camera, which assists you in backing out of tight spots by providing guidelines that follow the direction you're turning.  

You'll have the standard rearview camera in the Explorer, but it doesn't provide the added comfort of having guidelines, unfortunately.

2020 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Ford Explorer: The Verdict

Now that you have a better idea of what the 2020 Kia Sorento and Ford Explorer have to offer, we hope you're feeling confident about which one is the best fit for you.

We at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg believe local SUV drivers will appreciate the Sorento's mechanical lineup, advanced entertainment technology, and extra safety systems.

Drivers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle can contact us online today to schedule their test drive in the 2020 Sorento!

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