2011 Honda
Accord LX
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento

2011 Honda Accord LX

9.7

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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Keyless entry
Standard
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Fantastic range on the highway
611 miles
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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
2012 Kia Sorento

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento

starting from

$22,050
"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

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Average cargo space
72.5 ft3
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More airbags
6
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Honda Accord LX Winner: Accord LX
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Accord LX; not available on the Sorento
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento Winner: Sorento
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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
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers roof rails
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.7 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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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 Accord LX; not available on the Sorento
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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 Kia
Sorento
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MSRP $22,150 vs $22,050 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 20 mpg The Accord LX has great city mileage and the Sorento is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sorento '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 '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 Kia
Sorento
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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 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 '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 Kia
Sorento
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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 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 Kia
Sorento
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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 Kia
Sorento
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Horsepower 177 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 175 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 Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 20.4 lb/hp The Accord LX has OK performance while the Sorento 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 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 Kia
Sorento
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 611 miles vs 486 miles The Accord LX gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Sorento gets OK distance
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 The Sorento 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 Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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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 Kia
Sorento
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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

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2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 BMW 328i Accord EX-L vs 328i
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2011 Honda Accord LX 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Accord LX vs Elantra GLS
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Accord EX-L vs Avalon 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 LX 2011 Dodge Journey Crew Sorento LX vs Journey Crew
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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