2011 Jeep
Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
vs. 2011 Kia
Soul

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9.8

starting from

$31,245
"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 Unlimited Sahara

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

8.8

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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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Good highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
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  • Almost the same
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Entertainment System 7.8 vs 10.0
Placeholder Winner: Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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  • The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
  • The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Cost 10.0 vs 9.0
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
Practicality 9.2 vs 10.0
Placeholder Winner: Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for more than 60% more stuff, 86.8 ft3 vs 53.4 ft3
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 428 miles vs 394 miles
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • The Soul has 1 more airbag (including Head / Curtain), 4 vs 3
Performance 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
  • Underpowered
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 8.8 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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Soul
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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 Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara; not available on the Soul
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara; the Soul only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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Soul
2011 Kia Soul
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 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 Yes The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara; but it's not available at all on the Soul

Cost

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Soul
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MSRP $13,995 vs $31,245 The Soul has a great price and the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 15 mpg The Soul has great city mileage, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 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 Unlimited Sahara'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 Unlimited Sahara's warranty is very limited

Practicality

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Soul
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 394 miles vs 428 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 53.4 ft3 vs 86.8 ft3 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has lots of cargo room and the Soul is pretty good
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front seats 54.1 ft3 vs 54.7 ft3 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 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 Optional The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Soul
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The Soul has a good number of cupholders, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 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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Soul
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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 Unlimited Sahara 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 Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Soul
2011 Kia Soul
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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 21.1 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara'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 41.2 ft The Soul can make tight turns, and the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is comparable to most other vehicles

Road Tests

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Soul
2011 Kia Soul
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0-60 mph 9.8 seconds vs 10.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 150 ft The Soul 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.6 s @ 79 mph vs 17.9 s @ 77 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

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Soul
2011 Kia Soul
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The Soul is 1.7x safer than the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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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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