2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento

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
Standard
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Power mirrors
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
2012 Kia Sorento

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento

starting from

$22,050
"Drives well."
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"Elegantly simple dashboard layout."
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Reasons to buy the Kia Sorento

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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
Standard
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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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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Outback 2.5i Limited; not available on the Sorento
  • Leather comes standard on the Outback 2.5i Limited; the Sorento only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Outback 2.5i Limited's power seats; not available on the Sorento
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento Winner: Sorento
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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 $7,170 cheaper (more than 20% less), $22,050 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 Sorento and Outback 2.5i Limited are sluggish relative to their competitors
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • 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 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 Outback 2.5i Limited'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 Outback 2.5i Limited; not available on the Sorento
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Outback 2.5i Limited; the Sorento only offers cloth seats

Cost

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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MSRP $29,220 vs $22,050 The Sorento has a great price and the Outback 2.5i Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 20 mpg The Outback 2.5i Limited has great city mileage and the Sorento is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sorento '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 '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 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 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

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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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

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Sorento has an OK number of gears, while the Outback 2.5i Limited has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Outback 2.5i Limited's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 20.4 lb/hp Both Sorento and Outback 2.5i Limited are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Outback 2.5i Limited has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 35.7 ft The Sorento 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 Kia
Sorento
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 537 miles vs 486 miles The Outback 2.5i Limited has good highway range and the Sorento 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 Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Outback 2.5i Limited's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Sorento cannot be configured with them at any price
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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
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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
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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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

Road Tests

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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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 is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.2 s @ 79 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Outback 2.5i Limited vs Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Outback 2.5i Limited vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2012 Ford Escape XLS Outback 2.5i vs Escape XLS
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 2011 Nissan Murano SL Outback 3.6R vs Murano SL
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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