2018 Ford Edge vs Kia Sorento

2018 Ford Edge vs Kia Sorento

When a car is made in America, it's usually faster, bigger, and better--or, at least, that's the case in the midsize SUV category. In this comparison guide, we're looking at those midsize SUVs. They are, without a doubt, a distinctly American car. They see over the tops of sedans, move more powerfully than cars, and carry more. So which does it better, the 2018 Ford Edge or the popular South Korean competitor, the Kia Sorento? You may already now, but read on for details.

Cargo Space: 2018 Ford Edge

The 2018 Ford Edge is bigger in more ways than one. The Edge is a bit longer and it definitely has more cargo space. In fact, this Ford has one of the largest cargo capacities in its class. That's 39.2 cubic feet in back, which expands to 73.4 cubic feet with the seats folded down. On top of that, you get a hands-free power liftgate that comes standard. Loading has never been easier.

2019 Ford Edge Cargo

By comparison, the 2018 Kia Sportage offers only 11.3 cubic feet of storage if you select the optional three-row configuration. If the Sportage is two-row, there's 38.8 cubes, still a bit less than the Ford Edge. Fold down every foldable seat and you have 73 cubes. That's certainly close to what the Ford Edge offers, but slightly less. There's a hands-free power liftgate on offer in the Sorento too, but this feature doesn't come standard.

Acceleration: 2018 Ford Edge

With three engine options on offer, you'll find no end of high-powered acceleration for the 2018 Ford Edge. Even the base engine on the Ford Edge outperforms the Sorento. This engine is a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, making 245 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. There's also the 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower and the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine that generates 315 horsepower. This engine leaps from zero to 60 in a mere 5.6 seconds. How's that for fast? One of the fastest in its class.

2019 Ford Edge On the Road

The base engine on the Kia Sorento is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 185 horsepower. You can swap the base engine out for an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 240 horsepower. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The absolute best engine on the 2018 Kia Sorento is a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6. But even then the Sorento doesn't keep up with the speedy Edge. The Kia goes zero to 60 in 7.1 seconds. Fast, but not fast enough.

Fuel Economy: 2018 Ford Edge

It's an unspoken rule that the car with the best acceleration has some of the worst gas mileage. The 2018 Ford Edge bucks that rule. The Edge gets 21 city miles and 29 highway miles per gallon. That's one of the best in its class. Granted, the 315-horsepower engine won't deliver that, but even the base engine is powerful among standard engines. That fact that the Edge has great gas mileage is icing on the cake.

The 2018 Kia Sorento does 20 city miles and 27 highway miles per gallon. For possessing weaker engines, we expected better. Surprisingly, the midsize SUV that has the best acceleration and the best fuel economy is one and the same: the 2018 Ford Edge.