2011 Jeep
Compass Limited
vs. 2011 Kia
Soul Sport

2011 Jeep Compass Limited

9.6

starting from

$26,745

Reasons to buy the Jeep Compass Limited

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Entertainment system
Standard
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Roof rails
Standard
2011 Kia Soul Sport

9.0

Runner-up

Kia Soul Sport

starting from

$19,190
"Feels nimble and well-planted in high-speed turns."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's performance
"A cinch to maneuver around tight city confines in relative comfort."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Soul Sport

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Fewer gears
4
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Good highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Jeep Compass Limited Winner: Compass Limited
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Compass Limited's power seats; not available on the Soul Sport
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Compass Limited
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Soul Sport Winner: Soul Sport
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 24 mpg vs 21 mpg
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both Compass Limited and Soul Sport are sluggish relative to their competitors
  • Underpowered
  • Fewer gears
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Very cramped front seats
  • Very limited highway range
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.6 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Compass Limited's power seats; not available on the Soul Sport
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Compass Limited

Cost

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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MSRP $26,745 vs $19,190 The Soul Sport has a great price and the Compass Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 24 mpg The Soul Sport has great city mileage and the Compass Limited is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Soul Sport's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Compass Limited's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Soul Sport's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Compass Limited's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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0-60 mph 10.1 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.8 s @ 81 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 4 vs 4 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system Uconnect vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Performance

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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Horsepower 172 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 142 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 4 Fewer gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.3 lb/hp vs 19.9 lb/hp Both Compass Limited and Soul Sport are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Compass Limited's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Soul Sport is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.2 ft vs 34.4 ft The Soul Sport can make tight turns, and the Compass Limited is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 351 miles vs 381 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 53.6 ft3 vs 53.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 54.1 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Compass Limited's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Soul Sport cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Compass Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Soul Sport
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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Number of speakers 4 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Compass Limited; no amount of money can buy it on the Soul Sport

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