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Kia Sorento vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Sorento

$442
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Jeep Grand Cherokee

$626
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Excellent
The Kia Sorento Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $442 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Sorento.
3
1
2
Above Average
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 20th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $626 which means it has average ownership costs. While the frequency of repairs is higher than normal, the severity of those issues is average, so your Grand Cherokee may have a few more shop visits when compared to other models.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$442
inexpensive
expensive
$626
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.32
not often
very often
0.56
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (1)
4 (36)
3 (30)
2 (21)
1 (10)
The Kia Sorento ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in electrical.
“I call the Kia dealership in Chesapeake spoke with one of the most rude employee name Peter , I’m asking about any recalls Concerning recalls for a Kia Sorrento of the engine smoking in my 2003...”
“I call the Kia dealership in Chesapeake spoke with one of the most rude employee name Peter , I’m...”
5 (9)
4 (34)
3 (26)
2 (7)
1 (6)
The Jeep Grand Cherokee ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in heating.
“I have always been a Jeep girl - until this Jeep. Totally cured. The only problem is I am having trouble replacing it because I have always gone with Jeep. The loss of love started 2 days after...”
“I have always been a Jeep girl - until this Jeep. Totally cured. The only problem is I am...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Sorento and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are both midsize SUVs, but they have different seating capacities. The Sorento has three rows of seats and holds up to seven people, and the Grand Cherokee has two rows and seats up to five. The Sorento comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The Grand Cherokee comes with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

In comparing the engine outputs of the Kia Sorento and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Sorento comes up short. The Sorento’s 185-horsepower standard engine gives up 110 horsepower to the Grand Cherokee’s standard 295-horsepower engine. That’s a big difference. When it comes to optional engines, the Sorento tops out at 290 horsepower, while the Grand Cherokee goes all the way up to a massive 475 horsepower in the SRT performance version. A diesel engine is also a Grand Cherokee option.

Cargo space is another story. The Kia Sorento has 73 cubic feet of cargo space when the second and third rows are folded. The Grand Cherokee is not as spacious, with a total of 68.3 cubic feet behind the front row. Advantage Sorento.

Choosing between the Kia Sorento and the Jeep Grand Cherokee comes down to how much space, seating capacity and power you need in your midsize SUV. If you need to carry lots of people and stuff, the Sorento is a good choice. If you like to have loads of horsepower at your beck and call, go with the Grand Cherokee.