2011 Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
vs. 2011 Kia
Sportage EX

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

9.8

starting from

$40,040
"Another strong point: You name your preferred electronic feature, the Grand Cherokee's got it."
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"Robust, refined chassis."
edmunds.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's build-quality

Reasons to buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

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Quite powerful
290 HP @ 6,400 RPM
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.6"
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Average cargo space
68.7 ft3
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
2011 Kia Sportage EX

9.2

Runner-up

Kia Sportage EX

starting from

$23,990
"The Sportage matches up with the best crossover SUVs in the class."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's value
"Sharp styling inside."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Sportage EX

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Winner: Grand Cherokee Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • The Grand Cherokee Limited's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Grand Cherokee Limited has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Cost 8.4 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage EX Winner: Sportage EX
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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 around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 16 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Winner: Grand Cherokee Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Grand Cherokee Limited
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Winner: Grand Cherokee Limited
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  • The Grand Cherokee Limited's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Sportage EX
  • Room for around 30% more stuff, 68.7 ft3 vs 54.6 ft3
  • Almost the same, 54.6 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Performance 9.9 vs 10.0
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Entertainment System

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Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Grand Cherokee Limited has more speakers and the Sportage EX is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Sportage EX, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Grand Cherokee Limited has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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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 Grand Cherokee Limited; no amount of money can buy it on the Sportage EX

Cost

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Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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MSRP $40,040 vs $23,990 The Sportage EX has a great price, but the Grand Cherokee Limited is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 22 mpg The Sportage EX has great city mileage, but the Grand Cherokee Limited is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sportage EX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Grand Cherokee Limited's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sportage EX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Grand Cherokee Limited's warranty is very limited

Luxury Features

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Grand Cherokee Limited's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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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 Grand Cherokee Limited

Practicality

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 68.7 ft3 vs 54.6 ft3 The Grand Cherokee Limited has OK cargo room, while the Sportage EX has very little
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front seats 54.6 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3 The Grand Cherokee Limited has average-sized front seats, while the Sportage EX is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,650 lb vs 1,311 lb Average towing capacity
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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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navigation system Standard vs Optional The Grand Cherokee Limited's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Sportage EX
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Cupholders 6 vs 8 The Sportage EX has a good number of cupholders, but the Grand Cherokee Limited is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 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

Performance

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Grand Cherokee Limited is fairly powerful, but the Sportage EX is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Sportage EX has more gears and the Grand Cherokee Limited is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Sportage EX's semi-automatic transmission and the Grand Cherokee Limited's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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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 16.7 lb/hp vs 18.7 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Grand Cherokee Limited will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Sportage EX
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.1 ft vs 34.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Road Tests

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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0-60 mph 8.4 seconds vs 9.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 126 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.3 s s @ 86.6 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 83.1 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.73 g vs 0.75 g The Sportage EX has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Grand Cherokee Limited
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Kia Sportage EX Kia
Sportage EX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

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