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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Passport deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Passport’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Sorento’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
The Passport Touring/Elite has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Passport and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
The Passport’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 35 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Passport’s warranty.
The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Sorento have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.
The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 95 more horsepower (280 vs. 185) and 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.
As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Passport is faster than the Kia Sorento:
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
On the EPA test cycle the Passport AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento AWD V6 (19 city/24 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’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 Passport’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 Passport 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.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Passport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Sorento.
The Passport stops shorter than the Sorento:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Sorento (245/50R20 vs. 235/65R17). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (265/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).
The Passport Sport/EX-L’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento L/LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Sorento S/EX/SX’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The Sorento’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The Passport 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.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Sorento (110.9 inches vs. 109.4 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sorento.
The Passport Elite AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
For greater off-road capability the Passport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (8.1 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Passport 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.
The Passport has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sorento.
The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Sorento with all its rear seats folded (77.9 vs. 73 cubic feet).
The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sorento’s (3500 vs. 2000 pounds).
The Passport’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.
If the windows are left open on the Passport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or 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 Passport’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 Passport Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.
Consumer Reports rated the Passport’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Sorento’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Passport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The Passport’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.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Passport to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Sorento doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
The Passport Elite 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.
Both the Passport and the Sorento offer available heated front seats. The Passport Touring/Elite also has standard heated rear 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 Passport Elite’s standard 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 Passport 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 Passport’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 Passport Touring/Elite’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 Passport Touring/Elite has a 115-volt a/c outlet, 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.
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