2011 Honda
Accord LX
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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More passenger seats
7
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Roof rails
Standard
2011 Honda Accord LX

8.6

Runner-up

Honda Accord LX

starting from

$22,150
"Excellent resale value."
edmunds.com | talking about the Accord's value

Reasons to buy the Honda Accord LX

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Good braking distance from 60mph
125 ft
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Fantastic range on the highway
611 miles
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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Average 1/4 mile time
16.6 s @ 86 mph
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento EX Winner: Sorento EX
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Sorento EX's power seats; not available on the Accord LX
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
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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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Accord LX in particular gets exceptional range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 8.6 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
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 Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Sorento EX's power seats; not available on the Accord LX
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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

Cost

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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MSRP $22,150 vs $26,750 The Accord LX has a great price and the Sorento EX is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 21 mpg The Accord LX has great city mileage and the Sorento EX is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sorento EX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Accord LX'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 Accord LX's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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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 LX has above average braking ability, but the Sorento EX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The Accord LX's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Sorento EX'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

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
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 Accord LX 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

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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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

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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Horsepower 177 HP @ 6,500 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 Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Sorento EX'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 18.1 lb/hp vs 19.9 lb/hp The Accord LX has OK performance while the Sorento EX gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-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 37.7 ft vs 35.7 ft The Sorento EX can make tight turns, and the Accord LX is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
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 Accord LX is OK, too
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Highway driving range 611 miles vs 522 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Accord LX in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 The Sorento EX has OK cargo room, while the Accord LX has very little
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front seats 59.3 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 Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Sorento EX's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Accord LX cannot be configured with them at any price
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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

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
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 Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No 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 BMW 328i Accord EX-L vs 328i
2011 Honda Accord EX 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Accord EX vs Cruze LT
2011 Honda Accord LX 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Accord LX vs Elantra GLS
2011 Honda Accord EX 2012 Volvo S60 T6 Accord EX vs S60 T6
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 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento vs Outback 2.5i Limited
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

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