2020 Dodge Durango vs. 2020 Kia Sorento

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Safety

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The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sorento doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Durango offers optional Uconnect 9-1-1, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Durango 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 all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Dodge Durango weighs 579 to 1607 pounds more than the Kia Sorento. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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

Durango

Sorento

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

24%

43%

Neck Stress

85 lbs.

179 lbs.

Neck Compression

123 lbs.

124 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 Dodge Durango is safer than the Kia Sorento:

Durango

Sorento

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

28

71

Hip Force

150 lbs.

309 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

25

115

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

542 lbs.

818 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

129

261

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

666 lbs.

689 lbs.

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

The Dodge Durango has a better fatality history. The Durango was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 9.7% lower per vehicle registered than the Sorento, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

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The Durango’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 3 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Durango has a standard 850-amp battery. The Sorento only offers a 800-amp battery.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 1 place higher in reliability than Kia.

Engine

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The Durango has more powerful engines than the Sorento:

Horsepower

Torque

Durango 3.6 DOHC V6

293 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

185 HP

178 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 3.3 DOHC V6

290 HP

252 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Durango Dual Exhaust V6 is faster than the Kia Sorento 4-cylinder:

Durango

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.9 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Durango 4x4 V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento AWD V6 (18 city/25 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The Sorento doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Durango V6’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 Durango has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (24.6 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Durango V6

Durango V8

Sorento

Front Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

12 inches

The Durango V8’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 Durango stops much shorter than the Sorento:

Durango

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Durango has larger tires than the Sorento (265/60R18 vs. 235/65R17).

The Durango SXT/GT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento L/LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Durango’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Sorento S/EX/SX’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Durango SXT/GT has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The Durango’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento S/EX/SX.

The Durango offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Sorento; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Durango 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 Durango offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Sorento doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango’s wheelbase is 10.4 inches longer than on the Sorento (119.8 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

The Durango R/T 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Durango R/T 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Sorento LX (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Durango has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (8.1 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Durango to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Durango has .4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more third row headroom, 1.8 inches more third row legroom and 1 inch more third row hip room than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity

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

Durango

Sorento

Behind Third Seat

17.2 cubic feet

11.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

73 cubic feet

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

Durango

Sorento

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

20”/50”/83”

14.7”/44.7”/78”

Max Width

49”

53.5”

Min Width

42.5”

41.2”

Height

36”

33.1”

Payload and Towing

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The Durango’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sorento’s (6200 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Kia Sorento AWD is only 5000 pounds. The Durango offers up to a 7400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Durango V8 4WD can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Durango can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Sorento can’t be towed flat on the ground.

The Durango has a higher standard payload capacity than the Sorento (1380 vs. 1319 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Durango is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Sorento. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The Durango’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Sorento does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Durango’s front power windows 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.

On a hot day the Durango’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Durango’s standard 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 manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Durango’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Durango (except SXT) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Durango’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 Durango’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to 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.

Both the Durango and the Sorento offer available heated front seats. The Durango also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Sorento.

On extremely cold winter days, the Durango’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sorento doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Durango 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 Durango’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 Durango’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.

The Durango (except SXT) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Sorento doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Durango than the Sorento, including $36 less for a muffler, $36 less for fuel injection and $154 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Durango second among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sorento isn’t in the top three.

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