2011 Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon
vs. 2011 Kia
Soul

2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

9.6

starting from

$30,620
"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 Rubicon

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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

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
2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Winner: Wrangler Rubicon
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  • You can pay to get keyless entry on the Wrangler Rubicon; not available on the Soul
  • Leather comes standard on the Wrangler Rubicon; the Soul only offers cloth seats
Entertainment System 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Winner: Wrangler Rubicon
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  • The Wrangler Rubicon's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Wrangler Rubicon; but it's not available at all on the Soul
  • The Wrangler Rubicon has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
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 Rubicon
  • The Soul has 1 more airbag (including Head / Curtain), 4 vs 3
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 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Winner: Wrangler Rubicon
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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 Rubicon has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Winner: Wrangler Rubicon
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  • The Wrangler Rubicon offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Soul
  • Almost the same, 54.7 ft3 vs 54.1 ft3
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 8.8 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon
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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 Standard Leather comes standard on the Wrangler Rubicon; the Soul only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 The Wrangler Rubicon 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 Rubicon 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 Rubicon; but it's not available at all on the Soul

Safety Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon
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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 Rubicon 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 Rubicon
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon
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MSRP $13,995 vs $30,620 The Soul has a great price and the Wrangler Rubicon 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 Rubicon 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 Rubicon'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 Rubicon's warranty is very limited

Performance

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon
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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 20.3 lb/hp Both Wrangler Rubicon and Soul are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The Wrangler Rubicon'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

Practicality

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Soul has the usual number of seats, while the Wrangler Rubicon 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 Rubicon 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 Rubicon 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 Rubicon is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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