2011 Lincoln
MKS
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento

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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Power mirrors
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
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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Folding rear seats
Standard
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Very inexpensive
$22,050
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the MKS ; not available on the Sorento
  • Leather comes standard on the MKS ; the Sorento only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKS 's power seats; not available on the Sorento
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento Winner: Sorento
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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 $20,325 cheaper (around 50% less), $22,050 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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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers roof rails
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 Kia
Sorento
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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
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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
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the MKS ; the Sorento only offers cloth seats

Cost

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MKS
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2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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MSRP $42,375 vs $22,050 The Sorento has a great price and the MKS is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 20 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 in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 5 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Sorento in particular is extraordinary

Crash Test Ratings

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MKS
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2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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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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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 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 Kia
Sorento
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM The MKS is of average power, but the Sorento 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 Manual transmission The MKS 's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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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 20.4 lb/hp The MKS is a sporty car, but the Sorento is sluggish
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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 39.7 ft vs 35.7 ft The Sorento can make tight turns, and the MKS is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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MKS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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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 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 '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 Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The MKS offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sorento
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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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Sorento
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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

Road Tests

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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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 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 '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 Ecoboost 2011 Chrysler 300 300C MKS Ecoboost vs 300 300C
2011 Lincoln MKS 2012 Buick LaCrosse MKS vs LaCrosse
2011 Lincoln MKS 2011 Cadillac CTS MKS vs CTS
2011 Lincoln MKS 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 MKS vs E350
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 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
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Dodge Journey Crew Sorento LX vs Journey Crew

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