2020 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2019 Kia Sorento

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The QX60 Luxe’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 front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX60 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Kia Sorento doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX60 Luxe offers an optional Backup Collision Intervention that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Sorento doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The QX60 offers optional InTouch Services™, 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 QX60 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Infiniti QX60 is safer than the Kia Sorento:

QX60

Sorento

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

33%

43%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

179 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 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 Infiniti QX60 is safer than the Kia Sorento:

QX60

Sorento

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

115

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

818 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

661 lbs.

689 lbs.

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

Warranty

The QX60’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Sorento’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Engine

The QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 110 more horsepower (295 vs. 185) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 5 more horsepower (295 vs. 290) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX60 gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento:

QX60

Sorento

2WD

V6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

4WD

V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

Transmission

The QX60 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Sorento doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX60’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 QX60 stops much shorter than the Sorento:

QX60

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The QX60 Luxe’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento SX/SXL.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX60’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Sorento (114.2 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the QX60 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sorento.

Passenger Space

The QX60 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room, .2 inches more third row headroom, .6 inches more third row hip room and 4.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Sorento.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX60’s middle and third row seats recline. The Sorento’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The QX60’s cargo area provides more volume than the Sorento.

QX60

Sorento

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

11.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

40.5 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

76.2 cubic feet

73 cubic feet

The QX60’s cargo area is larger than the Sorento’s in almost every dimension:

QX60

Sorento

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

20.7”/45”/78.5”

14.7”/44.7”/78”

Max Width

50”

53.5”

Min Width

46”

41.2”

Height

32.2”

33.1”

The QX60 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.

Towing

The QX60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sorento’s (5000 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 53% lower rating, Kia is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

The QX60’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 QX60 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 QX60’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 standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the QX60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Sorento’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The QX60’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 QX60 Luxe offers optional 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 QX60 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 QX60’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 QX60 Luxe’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

The QX60 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX60 will retain 54.7% to 54.76% of its original price after five years, while the Sorento only retains 45.18% to 49.15%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX60 is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because typical repairs cost less on the QX60 than the Sorento, including $37 less for a water pump and $4 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Infiniti QX60 and the Kia Sorento, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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