2019 GMC Acadia vs. 2019 Kia Sorento

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash

Safety

The Acadia Denali’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Sorento doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the GMC Acadia’s middle seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Kia Sorento doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Acadia are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Sorento doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Acadia has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Sorento doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Acadia has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Acadia and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Kia Sorento:

 

Acadia

Sorento

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

138

235

Neck Injury Risk

22%

25%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

209 lbs.

Neck Compression

16 lbs.

81 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Acadia is safer than the Kia Sorento:

 

Acadia

Sorento

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

253 lbs.

309 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

58 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

673 lbs.

689 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Acadia’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Sorento’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

GMC pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Acadia. GMC will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Sorento.

There are over 2 times as many GMC dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Acadia’s warranty.

Engine

The Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (193 vs. 185) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (188 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (310 vs. 290) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Acadia V6 is faster than the Kia Sorento V6:

 

Acadia

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.6 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Acadia 4 cyl.’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sorento doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Acadia AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (21.7 vs. 18.8 gallons).

The Acadia has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sorento doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The Acadia’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sorento are solid, not vented.

The Acadia stops shorter than the Sorento:

 

Acadia

Sorento

 

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Acadia’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (255/65R17 vs. 235/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Acadia offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Sorento’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The GMC Acadia’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Kia Sorento only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Acadia has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Sorento doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Acadia offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Sorento’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Acadia’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the Sorento (112.5 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

The Acadia SLT AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Sorento LX (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Acadia All Terrain has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (7.8 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Acadia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the Acadia FWD 4 cyl. uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Acadia uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sorento doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Acadia has .8 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom, .7 inches more rear shoulder room, .9 inches more third row headroom, 1.5 inches more third row hip room and 1.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity

The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the Sorento.

 

Acadia

Sorento

Behind Third Seat

12.8 cubic feet

11.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

41.7 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79 cubic feet

73 cubic feet

The Acadia’s cargo area is larger than the Sorento’s in almost every dimension:

 

Acadia

Sorento

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

18.5”/48”/83”

14.7”/44.7”/78”

Min Width

42.5”

41.2”

Ergonomics

The Acadia’s standard front power windows lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Sorento’s power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Acadia’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sorento’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Acadia’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Acadia SLT/Denali has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Sorento offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Acadia has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Sorento and isn’t available on the Sorento L.

The Acadia’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Sorento L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Acadia (except SL/SLE)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sorento’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because typical repairs cost less on the Acadia than the Sorento, including $36 less for front struts.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos