2011 GMC
Terrain SLE
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2011 GMC Terrain SLE

9.7

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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Keyless entry
Standard
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Average 0-60 time
8.1 seconds
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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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.5"
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Average cargo space
72.5 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 GMC Terrain SLE Winner: Terrain SLE
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Terrain SLE; not available on the Sorento LX
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Terrain SLE's power seats; not available on the Sorento LX
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
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
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  • Both Sorento LX and Terrain SLE 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
Overall 9.7 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
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 Terrain SLE'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 Terrain SLE; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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MSRP $25,310 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 Terrain SLE'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 Terrain SLE's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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 LX is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 112 ft vs 140 ft The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, but the Sorento LX 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 LX'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 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 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 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

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
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 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 20.6 lb/hp Both Sorento LX and Terrain SLE are sluggish relative to their competitors
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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 40.0 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Sorento LX 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 LX 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 LX
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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 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 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 LX

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 Cadillac SRX Terrain SLE vs SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Terrain SLE vs RAV4 Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Terrain SLE vs Highlander SE
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 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Sorento LX vs Traverse LS
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Sorento LX vs CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento LX vs Santa Fe

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