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Comparison: 2018 Kia Sorento v 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Written By, Brad R.

For many drivers, taking pride and comfort in their vehicle is a top priority. For owners of both the 2018 Kia Sorento and 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, there’s a great deal of comfort to be shared, and owners definitely boast about owning either vehicle.

2018 Kia Sorento

Starting at $25,900 (plus destination fee), the 2018 Kia Sorento supplies owners with an available, generous seven-passenger ride equipped with great standard and convenience features. There are seven 2018 Sorento trims and the lineup offers buyers a choice of three engine options, the option of front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and all Sorento trims are backed by an impressive 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Seeming like a vehicle straight from the future, the 2018 Kia Sorento has features like Smart Power Liftgate which offers touch-free opening and has a height-adjustable hatch. The Power Liftgate option works with the smart key that has a sensor that tells the vehicle when to open the trunk.

Dynamic headbeams promote the Sorento’s High-Intensity Discharge (HID) with Projector Beam headlights with Auto-Leveling that enhance a driver’s visibility in all types of road conditions.

A large cabin provides space for passengers and cargo storage, and adjusting the seating configuration options has been made easier with the available Remote Release, which is a power function that folds down any of the seats in the the second- or third-rows.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

As Jeep’s flagship model, there’s no doubt that the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a premium SUV equipped with advanced amenities that owners embrace. From a starting price of $30,695 (plus destination fee), buyers have the option of 11 different trims and a number of options when deciding on which Jeep Grand Cherokee to buy. From the high-performance 707-horsepower Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to the luxurious Summit model to the off-roading expert, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, consumers can find any Jeep to meet their needs.

The fourth generation Grand Cherokee has raised the bar for what SUVs are capable of. Comfort, technology a range of engine options and impressive off-roading capabilities are just a few of the characteristics that attract a wide range of Jeep owners.

Kia Sorento Engines

The Kia Sorento L and LX models have a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 185 horsepower and 178-lb-ft of torque. The Sorento EX 2.0T is the only Sorento trim that is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that cranks 240 horsepower and 260-lb-ft of torque. The Sorento EX V6, Sorento SX and Sorento SX Limited are all equipped with the 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 252-lb-ft of torque.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Engines
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with four engine options. The standard engine on all but two Grand Cherokee trims is a 3.6-liter V6 engine. The 3.6-liter engine produces 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and gives the Grand Cherokee a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 pounds. A second engine option is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and it is an available upgrade on the Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4, Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4, Grand Cherokee Sterling 4x4, Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4, Grand Cherokee High Altitude 4x4 and Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4. The 5.7-liter engine produces 360 horsepower, 390 lb-ft of torque and gives the Grand Cherokee a best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds.

The Grand Cherokee is also available with two SRT performance engines. The first performance engine is the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine and it was made available in 2015 and it is only available on the Grand Cherokee SRT. The 6.4-liter engine produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque and it gives the Grand Cherokee impressive track times of accelerating from 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.3 seconds and completing a quarter-mile in 12.8 seconds.

The last engine on the Grand Cherokee lineup is only available on the all-new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The engine is a 707-horsepower 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine and it makes the Grand Cherokee the most powerful and quickest SUV ever. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, completes a quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds and it has a top speed of 180 mph.

Which Vehicle Has Better Fuel Economy?

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has better than average fuel economy in comparison to most SUVs with its average of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, but not better than the 2018 KIA Sorento. The Kia Sorento has a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel drive Sorento L and LX trims. If fuel economy is a huge deciding factor, and for many people it is, then the 2018 Kia Sorento may be a better option for you.

2018 KIA Sorento Trims and Features

The 2018 Kia Sorento L (base trim) rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels, has a rear view camera and six-speaker audio system. The standard features get increasingly better throughout the trim levels with the Sorento LX giving owners with all-wheel drive models a third-row of seating.

The Kia Sorento EX comes with rear parking sensors, foot-actuated power rear liftgate, leather interior and heated seats, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel among other features.

By the time you get to the Kia Sorento SX, owners will really notice nice features, including panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, rear cross-traffic alert, a high-resolution 8-inch navigation touch screen and includes a 10-speaker Infinity audio system with a subwoofer added.

The 2018 Kia Sorento SX Limited is the highest trim and it has Nappa leather upholstery, Dynamic Bending Headlights, rain-sensing wipers and two packages owners can choose from. The LX Convenience package includes power lumbar support in the driver’s seat, with heated and cooling options for the front row, heated seats for the second row, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The LX Advanced Technology Package promotes increased safety with forward-collision warning, autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trims and Features

The Grand Cherokee Laredo (base trim) comes standard with keyless entry, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and dual automatic climate control.

The Grand Cherokee Limited provides a power liftgate, useful driver-side memory functions which adapt to the driver’s unique specifications, a heated steering wheel and a 115-volt outlet, plus satellite radio. The Grand Cherokee Overland is equipped with rain-sensing wipers, panoramic sunroof, fog lights and an 8.4-inch touchscreen with premium leather encapsulating a gorgeous interior.

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk includes the Trail Rated badge and is capable of doing as much offroads as it can entertain inside. Adjustable air suspension, low-range gearing and specialist tires help round out this capable trim.

The Grand Cherokee Summit has standard nearly every feature mentioned above with additional adaptive cruise control, self-parking functions and blind spot monitoring and includes the incredible 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system for audio lovers to enjoy.

It's Your Choice

The 2018 Kia Sorento was named a 2017 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS (Independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and it is a reliable, safe SUV that offers many amenities to make any driver happy.

On the flip side, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee was awarded with good ratings in various IIHS crash tests and provides incredible features that are hard for any driver to resist with a terrific brand name.

There’s only one choice you have to make, where you choose to buy one of these incredible 2018 vehicles. Look no further than NowCar where you can customize exactly what you want, with the features you want and never have to visit the dealership. Find out more about NowCar and how we can help you drive the exact vehicle of your dreams today!