2011 Jeep
Wrangler Sport
vs. 2011 Kia
Soul

2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport

9.4

starting from

$22,845
"Flexible top and door arrangements."
edmunds.com | talking about the Wrangler's build-quality
"Nice audio system."
edmunds.com | talking about the Wrangler's stereo

Reasons to buy the Jeep Wrangler Sport

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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Cruise control
Standard
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Keyless entry
Optional
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Power mirrors
Optional
2011 Kia Soul

9.1

Runner-up

Kia Soul

starting from

$13,995
"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

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Better suspension
Independent
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Front air conditioning
Standard
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Good highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Winner: Wrangler Sport
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  • You can pay to get keyless entry on the Wrangler Sport; not available on the Soul
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Wrangler Sport
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Soul ; optional upgrade on the Wrangler Sport
  • The Soul has 1 more airbag (including Head / Curtain), 4 vs 3
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Wrangler Sport, but the Soul will get you around in comfort
  • The Soul has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
Cost 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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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 70% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 15 mpg
Performance 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Winner: Wrangler Sport
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  • Four-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, four-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Around 70% more powerful, 202 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM
  • The Wrangler Sport has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Winner: Wrangler Sport
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  • The Wrangler Sport has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.1 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Jeep
Wrangler Sport
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Not Available vs Optional Both offer keyless entry options
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Wrangler Sport

Safety Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Jeep
Wrangler 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 Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 3 The Soul has an OK number of airbags while the Wrangler Sport has very few (missing Head / Curtain)
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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 Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Soul ; optional upgrade on the Wrangler Sport
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Jeep
Wrangler Sport
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Soul has the usual number of seats, while the Wrangler Sport has very few
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Highway driving range 394 miles vs 353 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 53.4 ft3 vs 56.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.1 ft3 vs 54.7 ft3 The Wrangler Sport has average-sized front seats, while the Soul is very cramped
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The Soul has a good number of cupholders, but the Wrangler Sport is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Wrangler Sport, but the Soul will get you around in comfort

Cost

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Jeep
Wrangler Sport
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MSRP $13,995 vs $22,845 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 15 mpg The Soul has great city mileage, but the Wrangler Sport is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Wrangler Sport's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Wrangler Sport's warranty is very limited

Performance

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Jeep
Wrangler Sport
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 202 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 21.0 lb/hp vs 18.6 lb/hp The Wrangler Sport has OK performance while the Soul gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The Wrangler Sport's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Soul is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.4 ft vs 34.9 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Entertainment System

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Jeep
Wrangler Sport
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 The Wrangler Sport has an OK number of speakers, while the Soul has very few
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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 Not Available Neither offers 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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Jeep
Wrangler Sport
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0-60 mph 9.8 seconds vs 11.2 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 138 ft The Soul 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Wrangler Sport is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.6 s @ 79 mph vs 17.9 s @ Unknown mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.62 g
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Top speed 114 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Jeep
Wrangler Sport
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The Soul is 1.7x safer than the Wrangler Sport
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

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