When choosing a new mode of transportation, the Ford Explorer and Kia Sorento are both top picks among drivers around Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, PA, in need of a spacious ride.

The 2020 Sorento and 2020 Explorer share a lot of similarities. They each can seat seven passengers and come with a modern, stylish design. Here to help you pick out which of these two models you want, our Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg team takes a closer look below at the specs and features of the 2020 Kia Sorento vs. Ford Explorer.

Interior Dimensions of the Sorento vs Explorer

As we mentioned, each of these models has room for you as well as six others. Everyone, though, will enjoy more personal space inside the 2020 Kia Sorento since its cabin has 154.2 cubic feet of passenger volume to the 152.7 cubic feet of passenger volume inside the 2020 Explorer.

This includes having 44.1 inches of legroom in the front row of the Sorento, while the Ford Explorer front-row seats have 43 inches of legroom. Each of these models also gives you the ability to fold down the rear seats when they aren't being used to carry all your cargo.


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

44.1 inches

43 inches

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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 for best results each time you stop.

More Focused and Safe Driving Experience

Both the 2020 Sorento and 2020 Explorer feature some cutting-edge technologies that provide more confidence while sitting behind the wheel. That's because various driver-assistive features will constantly be working to keep you alert while driving.

There's one system in particular that makes sure you stay focused on the road ahead, so you can safely navigate around the streets. That's the available Driver Attention Warning and is only available in the 2020 Kia Sorento. If you become distracted, this system will be able to detect when this happens and provide alerts, so you refocus your attention on driving.

Read more about the Kia Sorento safety ratings and features !

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 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.

Overall Driving Feel

You'll also enjoy similar performance in both models. They each are powered by a standard I-4 engine and have a more robust available V6 engine you can opt for. An independent suspension system is equipped within both the Kia Sorento and Ford Explorer, which will also get smooth driving as you cruise along in either ride.

You'll have an easier time handling the Kia Sorento, though, thanks to its overall size and the other systems that it's built with to enhance its ride quality. It's nearly ten inches shorter than the Explorer in length and comes with a rear spoiler that enhances the aerodynamics of the Sorento.

With its Torque Vectoring Cornering Control system, which comes with the available Dynamax™ All-Wheel Drive system, the Kia Sorento maintains great stability as your steer your way through any bend in the road.

Come Check Out the Kia Sorento

Whether you need a new Kia car to get to work or to haul your child's sports team to out-of-town games, the confident, smooth, and comfortable driving experience of the 2020 Kia Sorento is best for your needs!

Come check out the Kia Sorento here at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg and learn more about what features you'll find in this Kia SUV! Drivers around Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania, can contact us now to schedule a test drive in the Sorento.


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