2011 Lincoln
MKS
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2011 Lincoln MKS

9.6

Winner

Lincoln MKS

starting from

$42,375
"Good power and fuel economy from the turbocharged V6."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's performance
"Has the potential to battle for the hearts and minds of luxury car buyers."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's external styling

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKS

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Keyless entry
Standard
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Average 1/4 mile time
15.4 s @ 90 mph
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Average 0-60 time
7.5 seconds
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Sporty performance
15.4 lb/hp
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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More passenger seats
7
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • Almost the same
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Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento LX Winner: Sorento LX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 10,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • The best price we've seen is $16,225 cheaper (around 40% less), $26,150 vs $42,375
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.6 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
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 MKS '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 MKS ; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the MKS ; the Sorento LX only offers cloth seats

Cost

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MKS
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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MSRP $42,375 vs $26,150 The Sorento LX has a great price and the MKS is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 21 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Sorento LX in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 5 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Sorento LX in particular is extraordinary

Crash Test Ratings

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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MKS
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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 MKS 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

Performance

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The MKS is of average power, but the Sorento LX is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Standard 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 15.4 lb/hp vs 20.6 lb/hp The MKS is a sporty car, but the Sorento LX is sluggish
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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 39.7 ft vs 35.7 ft The Sorento LX can make tight turns, and the MKS is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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MKS
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Sorento LX has lots of passenger seats and the MKS is OK, too
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 486 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 18.4 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 The Sorento LX has OK cargo room, while the MKS has very little
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Sorento LX's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the MKS
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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 Optional vs Not Available The MKS 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

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MKS
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No 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 MKS '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 Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKS ; but it's not available at all on the Sorento LX

Road Tests

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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0-60 mph 7.5 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The MKS '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 139 ft vs 140 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.4 s @ 90 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The MKS '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 134 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Lincoln MKS 2012 Lincoln MKZ MKS vs MKZ
2011 Lincoln MKS 2011 Ford Taurus SHO MKS vs Taurus SHO
2011 Lincoln MKS 2011 Lincoln MKX MKS vs MKX
2011 Lincoln MKS 2011 Chrysler 300 300C MKS vs 300 300C
2011 Lincoln MKS 2012 Buick LaCrosse MKS vs LaCrosse
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento LX vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage EX Sorento LX vs Sportage EX
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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