Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2014 Ford Edge VS 2014 Kia Sorento Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2014 Ford Edge

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2014 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

The Edge Limited offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Sorento doesn't offer a collision warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Sorento doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Edge offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Edge and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Kia Sorento:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Abdominal Force

107 G’s

159 G’s

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

567 lbs.

669 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

867 lbs.

945 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 13th in reliability. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Sorento:



Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

285 HP

253 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Sorento LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

191 HP

181 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 3.3 DOHC V6

290 HP

252 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Edge Sport is faster than the Kia Sorento V6:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19 sec

19.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge 2.0 ECOBoost gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento LX FWD (21 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento:




3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.3 V6

3.7 V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy



3.5 V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

3.3 V6

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Sorento (18.3 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (19.2 vs. 17.4 gallons).

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sorento doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Edge AWD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sorento:

Edge AWD


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.9 inches

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sorento are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops shorter than the Sorento:



70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (265/40R22 vs. 235/65R17).

The Edge Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento SX/Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Sorento’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Sorento’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Sorento (111.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sorento.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Sorento SX AWD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Sorento LX AWD (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (7.9 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge offers available electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has .8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear hip room than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Sorento doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the Sorento have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Sorento prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge’s available exterior keypad. The Sorento doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Edge’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Sorento doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The Sorento doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $640 to $1550 less than the Sorento over a five-year period.

The Edge will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Edge will retain 45.3% to 50.68% of its original price after five years, while the Sorento only retains 42.77% to 43.65%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because it costs $140 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Sorento, including $314 less for an alternator, $85 less for fuel injection, $203 less for front struts and $588 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge outsold the Kia Sorento by 22% during 2013.

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