2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

9.7

starting from

$29,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Keyless entry
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Leather
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Passenger power seats
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2012 Kia Sorento LX

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento LX

starting from

$26,150
"Drives well."
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"Elegantly simple dashboard layout."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's controls

Reasons to buy the Kia Sorento LX

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Average number of gears
6
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Power locks
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento LX Winner: Sorento LX
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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
  • The best price we've seen is $3,070 cheaper (more than 10% less), $26,150 vs $29,220
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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  • Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Active lifestyle? The Outback 2.5i Limited's standard roof rails for extra storage are a nice perk.
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.7 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
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 Outback 2.5i Limited'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 Outback 2.5i Limited; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Outback 2.5i Limited; the Sorento LX only offers cloth seats

Cost

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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MSRP $29,220 vs $26,150 The Sorento LX has a great price and the Outback 2.5i Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 21 mpg The Outback 2.5i Limited has great city mileage and the Sorento LX is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sorento LX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Outback 2.5i Limited's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sorento LX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Outback 2.5i Limited's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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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 Outback 2.5i Limited 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

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Sorento LX has an OK number of gears, while the Outback 2.5i Limited has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Sorento LX'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 21.0 lb/hp vs 20.6 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 35.7 ft The Sorento LX can make tight turns, and the Outback 2.5i Limited is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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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 Outback 2.5i Limited is OK, too
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 486 miles The Outback 2.5i Limited has good highway range and the Sorento LX is reasonable
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.2 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 Standard vs Optional Active lifestyle? The Outback 2.5i Limited's standard roof rails for extra storage are a nice perk.
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Outback 2.5i Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sorento LX
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Cupholders 8 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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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
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Number of speakers 9 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 Outback 2.5i Limited'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 Outback 2.5i Limited; but it's not available at all on the Sorento LX

Road Tests

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 140 ft The Outback 2.5i Limited's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento LX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.2 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs 17.7 s s @ 79.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 123 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Outback 2.5i Limited vs Equinox LT
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Lexus RX 350 Outback 2.5i Limited vs RX 350
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage EX Sorento LX vs Sportage EX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Kia Sedona LX Sorento LX vs Sedona LX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento LX vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Optima LX Sorento LX vs Optima LX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Sorento LX vs Traverse LS

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