The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been a standard-bearer in the SUV class since the 1993 model year, and the Jeep website says it is the most-awarded SUV ever. We don't doubt that – but it's time for a fresh face in the SUV scene, and one which is still winning awards in 2017, and not in the days of yore – what we need is the Kia Sorento. We'll compare the 2018 model year of the Grand Cherokee with a newer, leaner, and more value-packed vehicle in its class, the 2018 Kia Sorento.
The 2018 Sorento is a vehicle that is as equally-suited for family trips as it is for rugged driving on rocky terrain, with a base fuel economy of 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and space for up to 154.2 cubic feet of passengers, and AWD available in four trim levels for off-road maneuvers. The 2018 Grand Cherokee, while a powerful vehicle, will do you no favors during the morning commute, or for the comfort of your group, with lower base mpg at 19 city and 26 highway as well as a smaller interior, for both passengers (140.5 cubic feet) and cargo (68.3 cubic feet). If you're packing up gear for a camping trip or making a trip the grocery store, the 2018 Sorento's 73 cubic feet for cargo is a nice upgrade.
2018 Kia Sorento
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
|Starts at $26,385 for mid-line trims (Friendly Kia VIP)||Price||Starts at $34,600 for base trim (The Competition)|
|21, 28||Base MPG (city, highway)||19, 26|
|73.0 or 73.5||Cargo Room (cubic feet)||68.3|
|Yes||Available Surround View Monitor?||No|
|Yes||"Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality" by J.D. Power in 2017 Initial Quality Study?||No|
|154.2||Max. Passenger Room (cubic feet)||140.5|
|10||Max. # of Speakers||9|
The 2018 Kia Sorento has more room and better fuel economy, and it also comes with more respect and praise from experts and car shoppers, whether you consider its three straight IIHS Top Safety Picks from 2016 to 2018, or its position as the "Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality" by J.D. Power in its 2017 Initial Quality Study, which gathered results from nearly 80,000 drivers. The 2018 Grand Cherokee has a big name and a big frame, but there's a lot of room on its mantel where trophies might otherwise be. The 2018 Kia Sorento has its mantel filled, and it also has a lower starting price, with a Friendly Kia VIP Price of less than $27,000 for a mid-line LX trim, while the competition is asking for more than $34,000 for a base trim of the 2018 Grand Cherokee.
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