2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

If you're here, you know you have fine taste in automobiles. You're ready to take your ride off-road, yet you also like to save money with a fuel economy that often rivals sedans. Namely, you're interested in a midsize SUV, such as the 2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Nissan Pathfinder.

Fans of pro-wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson know his catchphrase - lo, those many years ago on the wrestling circuit - was "Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?" We'd like to think the midsize SUV class is the closest thing to a versatile actor who can do action and comedy with equal ease, so we think it's appropriate to compare these beasts of the road to The Rock.

The 2017 Kia Sorento comes the closest to this ideal, as it comes with 290 HP in trim levels with a V6 engine, yet it also gets the best fuel economy in base trims with 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway. Not impressed yet? Check out the 2017 Ford Explorer's paltry 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway in base models, and the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder's 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. But it's how nimble the 2017 Sorento is that also sets it apart, as its base models range from a light, slick-handling 3,704 pounds to 4,343 in V6 models. And it's that choice which also sets it apart, as you have seven trims to select from with the 2017 Sorento, and base models are more affordable by at least a few thousand dollars compared to the 2017 Explorer and the 2017 Pathfinder, which have a baseline of 4,453 and 4,292 pounds, respectively.

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2017 Kia Sorento Vs. 2017 Nissan Pathfinder 2017 Ford Explorer
21, 28 Base MPG (city, highway) 20, 27 17, 24
290 HP - Standard V6 Engine 284 290
Seven Trim Levels Four Five
10-yr/100k miles, 5-yr/60k miles Warranty Coverage (powertrain / bumper-to-bumper) 5-yr/60k miles, 3-yr/36k miles 5-yr/60k miles, 3-yr/36k miles
Starts at 3,704 (base trim) Curb Weight (pounds) Starts at 4,292 (2WD models) and 4,432 (4WD models) Starts at 4,453
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? No No
5/5  Results of 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study? 3/5 3/5

Wichita Falls Is Ready for What the Sorento is Cooking

Not only do you have the greatest variety of trim levels to choose from in the 2017 Sorento vs. the 2017 Explorer and the 2017 Pathfinder, you also have the most affordable SUV in base models. And you get one of the most technologically-advanced SUVs, too, as the 2017 Sorento was the first Kia model to come with available compatibility with Apple CarPlay, so you can sync your iPhone with your vehicle's music and voice-command navigation, among other benefits. The 2017 Explorer also has Apple CarPlay compatibility, but the 2017 Pathfinder does not.

In addition, the 2017 Sorento may only be a newborn, but it's starting to rack up awards and praise, as it is the only one of these three SUVs as of July 2016 to be named an IIHS Top Safety Pick, which means it's among the most impact-resistant of the vehicles in its class.

Bottom line, the 2017 Kia Sorento has size, power, fuel economy and tech that will make for the best driving experience in its class. So come to Patterson Kia for the midsize SUV with size, power and value, the 2017 Kia Sorento! You can find us at 2910 Old Jacksboro Highway in Wichita Falls TX, and we would love for you to visit us on the lot or take a look at our inventory online. For more information please call us at 855-439-6870 or come see us in person to test drive a model today.

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