Finding the right SUV can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. There are so many options out there, but which one is the best and which one is right for you? We are going to try to clear some of that up for you by taking two popular SUV models and comparing them head-to-head. Our 2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee comparison will show you which SUV is better, and it may convince you which one you should be considering.
These two SUVs make an apt comparison as they are both capable of seating five passengers comfortably, and though they both come with front-wheel drive standard, they also both offer all-wheel drive options. However, we will go into greater detail to see who comes out on top as we consider categories like price, practicality, features, and value to come up with the clear winner.
You may have noticed the Kia Sportage inventory link up there. That’s because the Kia model is the clear winner in this comparison. We started by comparing price, and you’ll find that not only does the Sportage come out on top with its starting price, but it even offers savings in higher trims. If you compare the top Sportage SX Turbo to the top Jeep Cherokee Overland, you’ll find a difference of over $3,000 in favor of the Kia.
With all that extra money spend on the Jeep, you may be wondering what exactly are you paying for? You’re not paying for cargo room as the Sportage provides over 5 cubic-feet of extra cargo room with the seats down. At 30.7 cubic-feet of room with the seats up, it still provides nearly 5 cubic-feet more room than the Cherokee does at 25.8 cubic-feet.
The base model Jeep also doesn’t even provide alloy wheels, a feature that is typically standard on all SUV models. Not to mention, the powertrain warranty is severely lacking on the Jeep. Go a mile over 60,000 or a day passed 5 years, and your out of luck, but the Kia gives you 10 years and 100,000 miles of powertrain confidence. The Kia also provides 5 years and 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage where the Cherokee only gives you 3 years or 36,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper protection.