2019 Lincoln MKT vs. 2019 Kia Sorento

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The middle row seatbelts optional on the MKT inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Sorento doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the MKT. But it costs extra on the Sorento.

The MKT has standard SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions 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 MKT and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and front parking sensors.

The Lincoln MKT weighs 599 to 1132 pounds more than the Kia Sorento. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The MKT’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 13 percent more Lincoln dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the MKT’s warranty.

Engine

The MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 180 more horsepower (365 vs. 185) and 172 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 75 more horsepower (365 vs. 290) and 98 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lincoln MKT is faster than the Kia Sorento:

 

MKT

Sorento 4 cyl.

Sorento V6

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

9.1 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

16.9 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.3 MPH

82.7 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The MKT 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

For better stopping power the MKT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sorento:

 

MKT

Sorento

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

12 inches

The MKT’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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the MKT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The MKT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento L/LX’s standard 65 series tires. The MKT’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Sorento SX/SXL’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKT has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The MKT’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento SX/SXL.

Suspension and Handling

The MKT has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Sorento’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The MKT has a standard 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.

The MKT’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Sorento doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the MKT’s wheelbase is 8.5 inches longer than on the Sorento (117.9 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the MKT is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sorento.

Passenger Space

The MKT has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear shoulder room and 1.3 inches more third row legroom than the Sorento.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the MKT when its tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Sorento doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

MKT

Sorento

Behind Third Seat

17.9 cubic feet

11.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

39.6 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

75.9 cubic feet

73 cubic feet

The MKT has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sorento doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Both the MKT and the Sorento have standard second row automatic folding seats. The MKT’s third row seats also fold up or down at the press of a button. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic folding third row seats.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 34% lower rating, Kia is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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

If the windows are left open on the MKT the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKT’s exterior PIN entry system. The Sorento doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The MKT’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Sorento’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The MKT’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 MKT 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 MKT has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Sorento doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The MKT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Sorento.

The MKT 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 MKT’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 MKT’s standard 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.

The MKT Reserve’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sorento doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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