2019 Kia Sorento

Starting Price: $26,980 | Price Yours

Above Average:  More inexpensive than many in its size class; optional V6; automatic braking with pedestrian detection; 7-passenger capacity

Below Average: Smaller than average for its class; 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity; third row is somewhat cramped

Consensus: In the midsize crossover class, the Kia Sorento differentiates itself by being a bit smaller than competitors, but also less expensive. It’s no longer offered with a 2-row configuration, and the third row is only good for kids or shorter trips. The base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is respectable, but if you’re doing any driving at higher elevations or with full loads, we recommend the optional V6.


2019 Ford Edge | Price Yours

Starting Price: $30,990

Above Average: Good balance of comfort and precision; ST variant offers 335 horsepower and a tighter, sportier suspension; plenty of cargo space

Below Average: Not the best choice for off-roading; no optional third row; lower resale value than some competitors

Consensus: The 2019 Ford Edge has been updated for 2019, bringing some significant improvements to what is already a very capable midsize SUV. The styling has been updated, and the Edge is the first member of Ford’s SUV class to receive the sporty ST treatment, with upgrades including a 335-horsepower twin-turbo V6. The Edge continues to offer style, plenty of standard equipment, and a ride that maintains a good balance between comfort and performance.

Both the 2019 Kia Sorento and 2019 Ford Edge have a lot going for them. They both offer attractive styling and plenty of features even at the entry level. The most significant difference between the two is the number of seats. The Sorento is only offered with three rows (although the third row is cramped at best, suitable best for small children), while the Edge offers a very comfortable second row and plenty of cargo space behind it. The Edge is also significantly more powerful, despite the two SUVs earning identical fuel mileage numbers. Neither is the best choice for off-roading, although the Sorento boasts an impressive 5,000-pound tow rating.


Identical fuel economy; both offer optional V6 upgrade; top-of-the line models of each are in $47,000-$50,000 range

Kia Sorento Advantages

Less expensive; longer warranty; third row of seats; higher tow rating

Ford Edge Advantages

Fewer rows means more cargo space; significantly more power with base engine

Final Recommendation

The buyer’s choice here could potentially come down to a couple basic factors. The first is, of course, price. The Kia is not only nearly $4,000 cheaper in base trim, and that includes with Kia’s legendary warranty. And given its low starting price, it’s impressively equipped.

The other factor is whether you need a third row. The Sorento is on the small side for a 3-row SUV, and that row isn’t a great place to spend time. If you can do without that, the Edge offers two comfortable rows and plenty of cargo space.

Another significant difference between the two is power. The Sorento offers the same fuel efficiency as the Edge, but with nearly 70 less horsepower and 95 fewer pound-feet of torque. If you upgrade to the optional V6, then the prices of the two become closer.

If you can live with two rows, we give the edge to the Edge, for its good power, road manners that strike a good balance between handling and comfort, and its standard safety and luxury touches.

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  2019 Kia Sorento 2019 Ford Edge
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.0-liter turbo I4 
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm 250 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 280 hp @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd Automatic, 8-Spd
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy) 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy)
Also Available 3.3-liter V6; 8-Spd auto 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 5
Wheelbase 109.4 inches 112.2 inches
Overall Length 189.0 inches 188.8 inches
Width 74.4 inches 85.8 inches
Height 66.3 inches 68.3 inches
Turning Diameter 37.2 feet 39.3 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 40.2 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.3 inches 40.3 inches
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 42.6 inches
Legroom, Rear 31.7 inches 40.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 60.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 52.8 inches 60.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 154.2 cu. ft. 113.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 73.0 cu. ft.  73.4 cu. ft.
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