2011 Honda
Accord EX-L
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2011 Honda Accord EX-L

9.7

starting from

$30,525
"A well laid out pod-like centre stack."
autospotvideo.com | talking about the Accord's controls
"It's an elegant ride."
autospotvideo.com | talking about the Accord's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Honda Accord EX-L

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Keyless entry
Standard
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Fantastic range on the highway
629 miles
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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Good braking distance from 60mph
125 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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More passenger seats
7
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Almost the same
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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
  • The best price we've seen is $4,375 cheaper (more than 10% less), $26,150 vs $30,525
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.7 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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Accord EX-L
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Accord EX-L's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Accord EX-L'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 Accord EX-L; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Accord EX-L; the Sorento LX only offers cloth seats

Cost

Honda
Accord EX-L
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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MSRP $30,525 vs $26,150 The Sorento LX has a great price and the Accord EX-L is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 21 mpg The Accord EX-L has great city mileage and the Sorento LX 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 Accord EX-L'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 Accord EX-L's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

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Accord EX-L
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 140 ft The Accord EX-L has above average braking ability, but the Sorento LX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The Accord EX-L's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Sorento LX's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Accord EX-L
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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 Accord EX-L 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

Crash Test Ratings

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Accord EX-L
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Rollover resistance 5 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

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Accord EX-L
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Horsepower 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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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 17.9 lb/hp vs 20.6 lb/hp The Accord EX-L has OK performance while the Sorento LX gives sluggish performance
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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 37.7 ft vs 35.7 ft The Sorento LX can make tight turns, and the Accord EX-L is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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Accord EX-L
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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 Accord EX-L is OK, too
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 486 miles The Accord EX-L gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Sorento LX gets OK distance
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 The Sorento LX has OK cargo room, while the Accord EX-L has very little
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front seats 55.8 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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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roof rails Not Available vs Optional Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the Sorento LX
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Sorento LX, but the Accord EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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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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Accord EX-L
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Number of speakers 7 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 Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Accord EX-L'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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Accord EX-L vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Accord EX-L vs Maxima SV
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 BMW 328i Accord EX-L vs 328i
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Accord EX-L vs Avalon Limited
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Accord EX-L vs C63 AMG
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage EX Sorento LX vs Sportage EX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento LX vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento LX vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Kia Sedona LX Sorento LX vs Sedona LX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Acura MDX Sorento LX vs MDX

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