2011 Mitsubishi
Outlander GT
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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Average-sized back seats
50.1 ft3
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Good highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good range on the highway
522 miles
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Good range in the city
378 miles
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

9.8

starting from

$28,590

Reasons to buy the Mitsubishi Outlander GT

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.5"
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Average power
230 HP @ 6,250 RPM
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Fast 0-60 time
7.4 seconds
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento EX Winner: Sorento EX
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  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 19 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $1,840 cheaper (around 10% less), $26,750 vs $28,590
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • More gears
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • People mover
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.8 vs 10.0

Cost

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Outlander GT
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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MSRP $28,590 vs $26,750 The Sorento EX has a great price and the Outlander GT is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 21 mpg The Sorento EX has great city mileage and the Outlander GT is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Fantastic basic warranty
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 5 year Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

Mitsubishi
Outlander GT
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
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 Outlander GT
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Outlander GT; the Sorento EX only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

Mitsubishi
Outlander GT
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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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

Road Tests

Mitsubishi
Outlander GT
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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0-60 mph 7.4 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The Outlander GT can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Sorento EX is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 140 ft The Outlander GT's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento EX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.8 s @ 88 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The Outlander GT's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Sorento EX's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Outlander GT
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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 Outlander GT 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 FUSE vs None

Performance

Mitsubishi
Outlander GT
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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Horsepower 230 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Outlander GT is of average power, but the Sorento EX is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk 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 16.4 lb/hp vs 19.9 lb/hp The Outlander GT has OK performance while the Sorento EX gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Outlander GT will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Sorento EX
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Mitsubishi
Outlander GT
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
2012 Kia Sorento EX Kia
Sorento EX
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 72.6 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.7 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1401 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Sorento EX's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Outlander GT
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Outlander GT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sorento EX
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Cupholders 9 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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Outlander GT
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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 Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Outlander GT, you can upgrade to 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 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 2011 Mazda CX-7 i Sport Outlander ES vs CX-7 i Sport
2012 Kia Sorento SX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Sorento SX vs Traverse LTZ
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 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Sorento SX vs CX-9 Grand Touring

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