Greene Ford Compares 2013 Ford Edge VS 2013 Kia Sorento Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2013 Ford Edge

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2013 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.

The Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Sorento doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 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.

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:




5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

214 G’s

Rear Seat


5 Stars

3 Stars

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

59 G’s

Hip Force

567 lbs.

1130 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

867 lbs.

952 lbs.

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

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Edge is .9% to 3.8% less likely to roll over than the Sorento.

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

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Sorento doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 25th.

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 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

169 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

191 HP

181 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 3.5 DOHC V6

276 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Kia Sorento 4 cyl.:



Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.6 MPH

79.4 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Edge’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Sorento:


Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

1750 RPM

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Sorento 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

3750 RPM

Sorento 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

4250 RPM

Sorento 3.5 DOHC V6

5000 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

20 city/26 hwy


3.5 V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Sorento (19 vs. 18 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

11.8 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:



60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

140 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 EX/SX’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Sorento’s largest wheels are only 18-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.

The Edge has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Sorento doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Sorento.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Sorento EX AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Limited performs Popular Mechanics’ emergency lane change maneuver 2.9 MPH faster than the Sorento SX AWD (46.3 vs. 43.43 MPH).

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Sorento EX AWD (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento SX (7.9 vs. 7.1 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Edge’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the Sorento (7.9 vs. 7.5 inches).

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, 2 inches more rear legroom and .2 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.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Sorento doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

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 driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The Sorento doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Edge Limited/Sport’s standard 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 Sorento doesn’t offer an easy entry 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 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.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Edge has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Sorento LX doesn’t offer rear vents.

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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $190 to $1835 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. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Edge will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Sorento.



Four Year

35% to 36%

32% to 34%

Two Year

51% to 52%

47% to 50%

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