If you are looking for an affordable family-sized crossover and you haven’t looked at the 2016 Kia Sorento, you really need to do so. If you live in New York City, you can take one for a test drive at Plaza Kia in Brooklyn, especially easy to get to from Queens.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a great SUV, if you ever plan on going off-roading or need to tow a heavy trailer, but it’s just too much for most city and suburban dwellers.
It’s hard to justify the adjective grand to the Grand Cherokee if you look at the spec sheets. The Kia Sorento, though more efficient packaging, squeezes 2 extra cubic feet of passenger room into a vehicle that is actually slightly smaller on the outside. Kia also gives you an extra 2.5 cubic feet of cargo space or the option of a 3rd row of seats in the back; Grand Cherokee has no 3rd row option. Kia mostly uses this extra space to give both front and 2nd row seats more leg room than you get from the Jeep.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is more of an old school SUV, with rear wheel drive architecture, and an all-wheel drive system with low range. The Kia is a fully modern crossover with front wheel drive or automatic on-demand all-wheel drive. This is reflected in the 800lb weight difference between the base models, and their fuel economy numbers. The base 4-cylinder Kia gets 21 mpg in city use, and 29 on the highway, compared to the V6 Jeep’s 17 and 25 mpg EPA ratings. Even the Kia’s optional V6 ties the Jeep’s score in highway economy and gets 18 mpg in the city test.
Besides the fact that the Sorento has a base price $5,000 lower than the Grand Cherokee, it also comes with Kia’s best in the business warranty, standard. Jeep covers you bumper to bumper for just 3 years or 36k miles, but Kia adds 2 years and 24k miles on top of that. Both give you powertrain coverage for 100k miles, but Kia’s lasts 10 full years, which is twice what Jeep gives you.View Inventory