2011 Acura
MDX
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2011 Acura MDX

9.2

Winner

Acura MDX

starting from

$55,340
"Thrilling performance when it comes to acceleration."
canadianblackbook.com | talking about the MDX's transmission
"It’s an excellent vehicle worthy of your attention."
canadianblackbook.com | talking about the MDX's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Acura MDX

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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Fast 0-60 time
7.1 seconds
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.2"
2012 Kia Sorento LX

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento LX

starting from

$26,150
"Drives well."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's transmission
"Elegantly simple dashboard layout."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's controls

Reasons to buy the Kia Sorento LX

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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$26,150
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Acura MDX Winner: MDX
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Cost 8.4 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento LX Winner: Sorento LX
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  • The best price we've seen is $29,190 cheaper (2.1x less), $26,150 vs $55,340
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 16 mpg
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • More gears
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • People mover
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.2 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the MDX 's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the MDX 's power seats; not available on the Sorento LX
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the MDX ; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the MDX ; the Sorento LX only offers cloth seats

Cost

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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MSRP $55,340 vs $26,150 The Sorento LX has a great price, but the MDX is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 21 mpg The Sorento LX has great city mileage, but the MDX is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Sorento LX in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 5 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Sorento LX in particular is extraordinary

Road Tests

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The MDX can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Sorento LX is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 132 ft vs 140 ft The MDX 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento LX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 90 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The MDX 's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Sorento LX's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Sorento LX has a good number of airbags, but the MDX is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system AcuraLink vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The MDX is fairly powerful, but the Sorento LX is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.4 lb/hp vs 20.6 lb/hp The MDX is a sporty car, but the Sorento LX is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.6 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 83.5 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 The MDX has lots of cargo room and the Sorento LX is pretty good
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1150 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Sorento LX, but the MDX 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 10 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the MDX ; no amount of money can buy it on the Sorento LX

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Acura MDX 2011 Acura RDX MDX vs RDX
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2011 Acura MDX 2011 Honda CR-V MDX vs CR-V
2011 Acura MDX 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited MDX vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Acura MDX 2011 Honda Pilot EX MDX vs Pilot EX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage EX Sorento LX vs Sportage EX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento LX vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento LX vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Kia Sedona LX Sorento LX vs Sedona LX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Sorento LX vs Traverse LS

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Comp Junk (10:20 PM, September 24, 2013)
A lot of details are incorrect.