2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LT
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT

9.7

starting from

$24,970

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Equinox LT

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Keyless entry
Standard
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
602 miles
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Power seats
Standard
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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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Average cargo space
72.5 ft3
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More passenger seats
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento LX Winner: Sorento LX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
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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  • More gears
  • Underpowered
  • Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.7 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Equinox LT'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 Equinox LT; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Equinox LT

Cost

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Equinox LT
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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MSRP $24,970 vs $26,150 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 21 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sorento LX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Equinox LT's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sorento LX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Equinox LT's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
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 Equinox LT 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 OnStar vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
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 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Sorento LX's semi-automatic transmission and the Equinox LT's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available 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 20.8 lb/hp vs 20.6 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Sorento LX has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Equinox LT
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Sorento LX has lots of passenger seats and the Equinox LT is OK, too
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Cargo space 63.7 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1190 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 Optional vs Not Available The Equinox LT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sorento LX
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Cupholders 8 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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Equinox LT
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Number of speakers 6 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 No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Equinox LT; but it's not available at all on the Sorento LX

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs 140 ft The Equinox LT's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento LX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 80 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Equinox LT vs Traverse LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Equinox LT vs Acadia SLE
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Equinox LT vs Rogue SV
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Equinox LT vs Explorer Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Buick Enclave CXL Equinox LT vs Enclave CXL
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage EX Sorento LX vs Sportage EX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Kia Sedona LX Sorento LX vs Sedona LX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento LX vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento LX vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Acura MDX Sorento LX vs MDX

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