For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Ford Edge are height adjustable, and the rear 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 has only front height adjustable seat belts.
The Edge SEL offers an optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The Sorento doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.
For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Edge uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Sorento uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.
Both the Edge and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available front seat side-impact airbags, head airbags and all wheel drive.
The Edge’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 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Edge’s warranty.
The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Sorento doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2005 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 15th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 24th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 86 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 33rd.
The Edge’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 3 more horsepower (265 vs. 262) than the Sorento’s 3.8 DOHC V6.
For better stopping power the Edge AWD’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Sorento:
The Edge’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.
In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Edge offers an optional brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Sorento doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.
The Edge’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento’s standard 70 series tires. The Edge’s optional tires have a lower 60 series profile than the Sorento’s 70 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge has standard 17 inch wheels. Smaller 16 inch wheels are standard on the Sorento. The Edge’s optional 18 inch wheels are larger than the 17 inch wheels optional on the Sorento.
For superior ride and handling, the Ford Edge has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Sorento has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 4.5 inches longer than on the Sorento (111.2 vs. 106.7 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Sorento.
Unibody construction makes the Edge’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Sorento doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.
The Edge has .3 inches more front headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sorento.
The Edge has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Sorento (32.1 vs. 31.7 cubic feet).