2011 Acura
MDX
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento SX

2012 Kia Sorento SX

10.0

starting from

$33,950
"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 SX

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Average highway fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
20 mpg
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
2011 Acura MDX

9.6

Runner-up

Acura MDX

starting from

$47,490
"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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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.2"
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Good cargo space
83.5 ft3
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 6,300 RPM
Cost 9.0 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento SX Winner: Sorento SX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 10,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 16 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
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
  • Both provide sporty handling
  • More gears
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • People mover
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • The Sorento SX's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the MDX is pretty good, too
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 9.6 vs 10.0

Cost

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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MSRP $47,490 vs $33,950 The Sorento SX has a reasonable price, while the MDX is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 20 mpg The Sorento SX has OK city mileage, while 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 SX in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 5 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Sorento SX in particular is extraordinary

Luxury Features

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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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 Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Sorento SX; the MDX only offers cloth seats

Safety Features

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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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 SX 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

Acura
MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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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 SX Kia
Sorento SX
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 276 HP @ 6,300 RPM Fairly powerful
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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 15.2 lb/hp vs 14.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The MDX has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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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 SX Kia
Sorento SX
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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 SX 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 Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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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 SX Kia
Sorento SX
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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 Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Sorento SX's 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 SX

Road Tests

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MDX
2011 Acura MDX
2012 Kia Sorento SX Kia
Sorento SX
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 6.9 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs 136 ft The MDX has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento SX is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.8 s @ 90 mph vs 15.3 s @ 92 mph The Sorento SX's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the MDX is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.78 g The MDX has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Sorento SX
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Top speed Unknown vs 120 mph

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2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage LX Sorento LX vs Sportage LX
2012 Kia Sorento 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sorento SX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Sorento SX vs Traverse LTZ
2012 Kia Sorento 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento SX 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Sorento SX vs CX-9 Grand Touring

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.