2011 Dodge
Durango Express
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2011 Dodge Durango Express

9.4

starting from

$30,045

Reasons to buy the Dodge Durango Express

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Average power
290 HP @ 6,400 RPM
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Average cargo space
84.5 ft3
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Great braking distance from 60mph
119 ft
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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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Dodge Durango Express Winner: Durango Express
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  • Almost the same
Cost 8.8 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
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 16 mpg
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • People mover
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.4 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

Dodge
Durango Express
2011 Dodge Durango Express
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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Durango Express; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

Dodge
Durango Express
2011 Dodge Durango Express
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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MSRP $30,045 vs $26,150 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 21 mpg The Sorento LX has great city mileage and the Durango Express is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sorento LX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Durango Express'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 Durango Express's warranty is very limited

Crash Test Ratings

Dodge
Durango Express
2011 Dodge Durango Express
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Dodge
Durango Express
2011 Dodge Durango Express
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 119 ft vs 140 ft The Durango Express has extraordinary brakes, but the Sorento LX is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 85 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The Durango Express's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Sorento LX's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Dodge
Durango Express
2011 Dodge Durango Express
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 Durango Express 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 None vs None

Performance

Dodge
Durango Express
2011 Dodge Durango Express
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Durango Express is of average power, but the Sorento LX is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Sorento LX has more gears and the Durango Express is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Sorento LX's semi-automatic transmission is rare 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 16.4 lb/hp vs 20.6 lb/hp The Durango Express has OK performance while the Sorento LX gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-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 37.1 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Dodge
Durango Express
2011 Dodge Durango Express
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 84.5 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The Sorento LX has average-sized front seats, while the Durango Express is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1330 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 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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Durango Express
2011 Dodge Durango Express
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 No 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 Durango Express; but it's not available at all on the Sorento LX

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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
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2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Acura MDX Sorento LX vs MDX

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