Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Kia Sorento VS 2015 Honda CR-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Kia Sorento

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2015 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

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The Sorento has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Sorento and the CR‑V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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The Sorento comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The CR‑V’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sorento 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the CR‑V. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CR‑V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 8th.

Engine Comparison

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The Sorento LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (191 vs. 185) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 105 more horsepower (290 vs. 185) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (252 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Sorento V6 is faster than the Honda CR‑V:

Sorento

CR‑V

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.8 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.7 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Sorento has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR‑V (17.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Sorento’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR‑V:

Sorento

CR‑V

CR‑V AWD

Front Rotors

11.9 inches

11.7 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Sorento has larger tires than the CR‑V (235/65R17 vs. 215/70R16). The Sorento LX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR‑V (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Sorento LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR‑V LX’s standard 70 series tires. The Sorento SX/Limited’s tires have a lower 55 series profile than the CR‑V Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sorento LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CR‑V LX. The Sorento SX/Limited’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR‑V Touring.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sorento’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the CR‑V (106.3 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sorento is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CR‑V.

For better maneuverability, the Sorento’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the CR‑V AWD’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.9 feet). The Sorento’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the CR‑V’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Sorento offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the CR‑V can only carry 5.

The Sorento has 47.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CR‑V (151.4 vs. 104.1).

The Sorento has 1.8 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR‑V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Sorento’s cargo area provides more volume than the CR‑V.

Sorento

CR‑V

Third Seat Folded

36.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

35.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

72.5 cubic feet

70.9 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Sorento (except LX)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The CR‑V doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Sorento’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR‑V’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Sorento’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR‑V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Sorento’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR‑V Touring.

When the Sorento with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The CR‑V’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Sorento and the CR‑V offer available heated front seats. The Sorento Limited also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CR‑V.

The Sorento (except LX)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The CR‑V doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Sorento Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Sorento offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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