Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Kia Sorento VS 2012 Jeep Grand Near Phoenix, AZ

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2012 Kia Sorento

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2012 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

Both the Sorento and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

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

Sorento

Grand Cherokee

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

11 lbs.

41 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

60 lbs.

103 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

356/165 lbs.

574/680 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 Kia Sorento is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Sorento

Grand Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1.1 inches

1.2 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

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

Warranty Comparison

The Sorento comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Grand Cherokee’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The Sorento comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Kia will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Jeep doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Grand Cherokee.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sorento 5 years longer than Jeep covers the Grand Cherokee. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Grand Cherokee ends after only 5 years or 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Sorento have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 18th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 19th in reliability. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 33rd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Kia Sorento V6 is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8:

Sorento

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.6 MPH

88.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Sorento

Grand Cherokee

2WD

V6/Auto

20 city/26 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

4WD

2.4 4 cyl. (191 HP)/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

n/a

V6/Auto

18 city/24 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Sorento uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Grand Cherokee with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sorento stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

Sorento

Grand Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Sorento LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sorento has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sorento flat and controlled during cornering. The Grand Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Sorento EX AWD handles at .78 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sorento EX AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 (28.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sorento’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Grand Cherokee’s (35.7 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Kia Sorento may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1100 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Sorento is 6.3 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee, making the Sorento easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sorento offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Grand Cherokee can only carry 5.

The Sorento has 44 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (149.4 vs. 105.4).

The Sorento has 1 inch more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Sorento

Grand Cherokee

Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

35.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

72.5 cubic feet

68.7 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Sorento easier. The Sorento’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.9 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

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

Sorento

Grand Cherokee

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

11”/40.1”/72”

n.a./38.5”/71”

Max Width

55.3”

47”

Min Width

44.7”

41”

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Sorento owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sorento with a number “8” insurance rate while the Grand Cherokee is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Sorento will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Sorento will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Grand Cherokee.

Sorento

Grand Cherokee

Four Year

31% to 33%

25% to 26%

Two Year

46% to 50%

41% to 43%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sorento is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because typical repairs cost less on the Sorento than the Grand Cherokee, including $96 less for a water pump, $6 less for front brake pads, $166 less for a starter, $27 less for front struts and $179 less for a timing belt/chain.

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