2011 Mitsubishi
Outlander ES
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES

10.0

starting from

$22,790

Reasons to buy the Mitsubishi Outlander ES

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.5"
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Power mirrors
Standard
2012 Kia Sorento

7.6

Runner-up

Kia Sorento

starting from

$22,050
"Drives well."
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"Elegantly simple dashboard layout."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's controls

Reasons to buy the Kia Sorento

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More gears
6
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More airbags
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Average range on the highway
486 miles
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Average-sized front seats
55.6 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Winner: Outlander ES
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Outlander ES; not available on the Sorento
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Winner: Outlander ES
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 20 mpg
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Both Outlander ES and Sorento are sluggish relative to their competitors
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 7.6

Luxury Features

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Outlander ES
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES
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 Outlander ES; not available on the Sorento
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

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Outlander ES
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2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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MSRP $22,790 vs $22,050 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 20 mpg The Outlander ES has great city mileage and the Sorento 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

Crash Test Ratings

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Outlander ES
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES
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

Road Tests

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Outlander ES
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2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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0-60 mph 10.1 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 140 ft The Outlander ES's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.8 s @ 82 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Outlander ES
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES
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 Outlander ES 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

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Outlander ES
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2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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Horsepower 168 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Sorento has more gears, but the Outlander ES has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
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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 20.1 lb/hp vs 20.4 lb/hp Both Outlander ES and Sorento are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type two-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 34.8 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Outlander ES
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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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 1180 lb vs Unknown
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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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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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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 ES
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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 No 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 SE 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Outlander SE vs Tiguan SE
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 2011 Mazda CX-7 i Sport Outlander ES vs CX-7 i Sport
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor SE Outlander ES vs Endeavor SE
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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