2011 GMC
Terrain SLE
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento EX

2012 Kia Sorento EX

10.0

starting from

$26,750
"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 EX

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.5"
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Average cargo space
72.5 ft3
2011 GMC Terrain SLE

9.7

Runner-up

GMC Terrain SLE

starting from

$25,310

Reasons to buy the GMC Terrain SLE

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Great braking distance from 60mph
112 ft
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Average 0-60 time
8.1 seconds
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Navigation system
Optional
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento EX Winner: Sorento EX
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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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
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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  • More gears
  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.7 vs 10.0

Cost

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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MSRP $25,310 vs $26,750 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 EX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Terrain SLE's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sorento EX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Terrain SLE's warranty is very limited

Luxury Features

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a 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 Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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0-60 mph 8.1 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The Terrain SLE's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento EX is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 112 ft vs 140 ft The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, but the Sorento EX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.3 s @ 85 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The Terrain SLE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Sorento EX's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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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 EX has a good number of airbags, but the Terrain SLE 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

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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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

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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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 EX's semi-automatic transmission and the Terrain SLE'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 21.2 lb/hp vs 19.9 lb/hp Both Sorento EX and Terrain SLE are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad 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

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Sorento EX has lots of passenger seats and the Terrain SLE is OK, too
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Cargo space 63.9 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The Sorento EX has average-sized front seats, while the Terrain SLE is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1162 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 Terrain SLE offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sorento EX
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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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 No 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 Terrain SLE; but it's not available at all on the Sorento EX

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Terrain SLE vs Acadia SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLT 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Terrain SLT vs Traverse LS
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Terrain SLE vs RAV4
2011 GMC Terrain SLT 2011 Cadillac SRX Terrain SLT vs SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLT 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Terrain SLT vs Grand Cherokee Limited
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 SX 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Sorento SX vs CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento vs Outback 2.5i Limited

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