Compare 2021 Kia Sorento vs 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Kia Sorento
2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Kia Sorento


2021 Ford Explorer

2.5L 4cyl


2.3L 4cyl Turbo
191 HP


300 HP
24 city / 29 hwy*

Fuel Economy

21 city / 28 hwy*

Serving Fort Walton Beach, FL

A three-row SUV with premium amenities and a robust powertrain, the 2021 Kia Sorento comes in five trims. This midsize family car is more efficient than the 2021 Ford Explorer SUV, which also has three rows of seating. Kia Fort Walton Beach will compare the capabilities, efficiency, technologies and amenities of both models.


The 2021 Kia Sorento extracts up to 311 pound-feet of net torque from a 2.5 L turbocharged engine block. Such a torque output is achieved at tachometer ranges between 1,700 and 4,000 RPM. Every combustion process in this I-4 powertrain is controlled by Gasoline Direct Injection. With supplemental assistance from Multi-Port Injection, the four-cylinder propulsion system operates at optimum efficiency. Also incorporating a turbocharger, the 2021 Ford Explorer’s 2.3 L EcoBoost engine peaks at 310 lb-ft of torque at a tachometer speed of 3,500 RPM. The 2021 Kia Sorento at Kia Fort Walton Beach is enhanced by the Idle Stop and Go mechanism. The Kia Fort Walton Beach dealership explains the benefits of the exclusive ISG technology. With assistance from this fuel-saving feature, the 2021 Sorento achieves a fuel economy of 29 MPG on the highway. The 2021 Explorer offers a fuel economy of only 24 MPG on the highway. This bulky Ford SUV earns a fuel economy of 18 MPG in the city. You’ll get up to 22 MPG in the city from the Kia SUV.


You may take the 2021 Kia Sorento online test drive with an all-wheel drive that’s paired with the Lock Mode. A transfer case with a center-locking differential is another technology that improves handling on different types of surfaces. With leverage from the Torque Vectoring Cornering Control, this midsize Kia SUV maintains good balance on corners. By contrast, the 2021 Explorer isn’t as agile on curved roads. The 2021 Kia Sorento at Kia Fort Walton Beach is driven by a dual-clutch transmission system that’s fine-tuned for smooth shifting. A wet clutch controls the shifting mechanism in the DCT system, which offers a total of eight gear speeds. Even though the 2021 Explorer’s automatic transmission offers 10 gear ratios, it’s not as responsive as the DCT system. A rear suspension system with a multi-link layout increases the 2021 Sorento’s ride height by up to an inch. Depending on your mood and surrounding conditions, you may quickly adjust the ride quality thanks to the Drive Mode Select. Power and fuel economy are optimized by the SMART Mode. If you want to prioritize gas mileage over power, turn on the ECO Mode. Want to enjoy a more pleasant ride on bumpy roads? Engage the COMFORT Mode. Additionally, this midsize Kia SUV can run on the Custom and Sport modes. The 2021 Explorer doesn’t offer as many driving modes that optimize efficiency on paved roads. However, this powerful Ford SUV has the Terrain Management System with multiple settings that boost off-road performance. The TMS works exclusively with the Intelligent 4WD System.


The 2021 Kia Sorento online test drive is available with a central touch screen that measures 10.25 inches diagonally. The UVO Link technology connects your smartphone with the infotainment system. Some highlights of this mobile application include the Last Mile Navigation, Connected Routing and Vehicle Voice Control. Shaped like a portrait, the 2021 Explorer’s LCD touch screen measures 10.1 inches. The FordPass Connect technology is accessible from the SYNC infotainment system. Both SUVs offer smartphone connections through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2021 Kia Sorento at Kia Fort Walton Beach also has up to eight total USB ports for charging mobile devices during road trips. The Kia Fort Walton Beach dealer offers a 12-speaker audio system from Bose for this three-row SUV. Made by Bang & Olufsen, the Explorer’s sound system also has a dozen speakers.

Schedule your 2021 Kia Sorento online test drive at our certified dealership in Walton Beach, Florida.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.