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2016 Kia Sorento vs. 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Overview

Kia Sorento

Kia manages to win hearts with the 2016 Kia Sorento. This new generation SUV is an inviting and enticing vehicle that offers unmatched luxury and style. Big on power and substance, Sorento is one of the most utile midsize SUVs available in the market. A cost-efficient and economical family vehicle, Sorento more than holds its own when compared to more expensive SUVs out there. It is a ride that is cool and safe, sporty yet elegant! A vehicle made for a fun-loving urban family.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a quintessential Jeep. It offers power, speed, and impressive towing capacity. However, it does compromise on interior space. With less than impressive seating capacity and storage space, it is not a vehicle an average American family will be thrilled about. Rugged and handsome exterior and off-road driving abilities make it an attractive vehicle for rural businesses. Feature-rich interiors do offer comfortable ride, however, it fails to prove itself as a family-friendly SUV.

Performance

Sorento offers sporty and fun vehicle that can drive equally well in the city as well as on the highway. The available AWD option means it can take you through the toughest of road conditions with ease. The 6-speed automatic transmission works well with all the available engines. The base engine is Inline-4, 2.4-liter that produces 185-hp and gets you around 29MPG on a highway. The 3.3-liter super-powerful engine impresses with 290-hp, while the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine has unmatched acceleration and robust power of 240-hp. Sorento offers all the power and control a family needs for its daily commutes.

Grand Cherokee is known for its power. It is without a doubt it’s most notable quality. It tries to make up for the less attractive personality by offering four powerful engines. AWD is not an available option, only 2WD and 4WD are offered.  The 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter V8 engines promise to produce mighty power of 360-hp, while the 3.0-liter V6 generates modest 240-hp. The 6.4-liter V8 is an impressive engine with exceptional power of 475-hp, but it offers dismal mileage of only 13MPG in the city. Jeep does trade power for economy, which may not fare well with an average family.

Interior

The 2016 Kia Sorento gets the balance right when it comes to performance and comfort. The elegantly designed interior components only enhance the spacious cabin. Sorento offers three rows of seats that can seat 7 passengers, with ease. The seats are cavernous, with ample headroom and legroom. Soft to touch and easy to clean YES Essential Fabrics are available in all the base trims. The higher trims get the royal leather treatment. The front seats are heated and ventilated, while the back seats are foldable. 73.0 cubic feet of cargo space can handle even the biggest of items.

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an improvement on the previous models, as it offers more luxury. It offers only two rows of seats and seats 5 passengers. Despite this, it fails to provide exceptional storage space. It offers maximum cargo space of 68.3 cubic feet, which is less than what Sorento offers. More expensive models do offer leather and heated seats, but the base trims get difficult to maintain cloth treatment on the seats. The seats have good headroom and legroom and the wood-trim help introduce a dash of class to the interior.

Exterior

Sorento is regarded as the most attractive family crossover, and when you see one, it is not hard to see why. It is a bold and elegant car. It has a tall stance and with wider wheels than ever, the 2016 Sorento takes sportiness to another level. The longer and more sinewy body help refine its adventurous looks. Smart contours and well-defined lines give it a sculpted and chiseled look. The noticeable headlights and vibrant taillights help elevate the exterior of this impressive SUV. Strong fascia with “tiger-nose” grille only adds to its already exceptional personality.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is rugged and simple. A tall and handsome SUV, Cherokee resembles a truck. The Jeep’s signature 7-slot grille manages to add some excitement to the otherwise bland fascia. Cherokee does have good ground clearance and strong metal frame. With minimal contours and buffed lines, Cherokee makes an attempt to infuse refinement and sophistication. The LED taillights make for an interesting rear end. The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is basically a utilitarian SUV, which is known for its power rather than its alluring look.

Features

The Kia Sorento manages to do the impossible. It offers amenities of a luxury car on the price of a family crossover. It offers plenty of modern features to make sure the vehicle is easy to control. Infotainment options ensure a fun-filled journey. Bluetooth, USB port, cruise controls, and tilt and telescoping steering wheel are offered even on the base models. The more deluxe models add luxuries like dual-zone climate control, UVO eServices, Navigation, Smart lift-gate, Push-button start as well as a panoramic roof.

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers many utile features to allow for a comfortable driving experience. The base model comes equipped with dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and a 5-inch touch screen display, however it does requires drivers to manually adjust their seats. The more expensive models offer Uconnect system, heated seats, rearview camera, and Blu-ray entertainment center as well as dual-pane sunroof. The Grand Cherokee comes with great comfort options, but most of them are available to buyers who are willing to spend extra money.

Safety

One of the best barometers of the family-friendliness of any vehicle is its focus on safety. The 2016 Kia Sorento is the safest midsize SUV available for sale. It gets the highest rankings in all the tests from IIHS as well as NHTSA. The available all-around-view parking monitor and electronic parking brake assist in parking. While features like Lane-Departure Warning, Stability-control, Brake-Assist, Hill-Start-Assist and Forward Collision Warning System fill the drivers with confidence, while driving on busy highways.

When it comes to safety of your family, it may be hard to trust the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It gets “Basic” ranking from IIHS in front crash prevention, while the NHTSA gives it four-star ratings. Cherokee does offer all the basic safety features like front and side airbags, rearview camera and mirrors, and back-up sensors. Safety equipments like forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and blind spot monitoring offer some peace of mind. Grand Cherokee is a powerful vehicle that seems to have neglected safety.

It is clear from the above comparison between the 2016 Kia Sorento and the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, that Sorento is more dependable, efficient and comfortable than Cherokee. If you are impressed by exceptional qualities of Sorento, do not hesitate to visit Allentown Kia to leverage amazing deals on your favorite family crossover.

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