Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jeep Cherokee VS 2016 Kia Sorento Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jeep Cherokee

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2016 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sorento doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk offers optional Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Sorento offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop, which 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 Jeep Cherokee has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Sorento doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Cherokee (except Sport) offers optional Uconnect Access, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Cherokee 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, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

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 Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Kia Sorento:

Cherokee

Sorento

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

70

71

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Hip Force

235 lbs.

309 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

451 lbs.

818 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

203

261

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

490 lbs.

689 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 5 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee V6 is faster than the Sorento EX/SX/Limited 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Cherokee

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.3 MPH

83.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Cherokee

Sorento

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/31 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

3.2 V6/9-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

21 city/28 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

3.2 V6/9-spd. Auto

20 city/28 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

3.2 V6/9-spd. Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cherokee V6’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sorento doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Cherokee’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Sorento:

Cherokee

Sorento

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Cherokee stops shorter than the Sorento:

Cherokee

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (245/65R17 vs. 235/65R17).

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Sorento, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Sorento doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Cherokee Limited 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (8.7 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Cherokee is 5.4 inches shorter than the Sorento, making the Cherokee easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Cherokee (except Trailhawk/V6/Forward Collision Warning) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo area than the Sorento with its rear seat up (24.6 vs. 11.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Cherokee Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Sorento doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Cherokee’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 Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk’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.

The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sorento doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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

Cherokee

Sorento

Five Year

38% to 40%

30% to 37%

Three Year

52% to 56%

46% to 55%

Recommendations Comparison

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Both the Jeep Cherokee and Kia Sorento won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Kia Sorento by almost 30 to one during 2015.

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