2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Kia Soul

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Safety

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Soul doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Soul doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Cherokee offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Soul doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Cherokee’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Soul doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Compared to metal, the Cherokee’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Kia Soul has a metal gas tank.

Both the Cherokee and the Soul have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Kia Soul:

Cherokee

Soul

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

166

394

Neck Injury Risk

37%

42%

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

172 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Kia Soul:

Cherokee

Soul

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

64

97

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

133 G’s

190 G’s

Hip Force

363 lbs.

377 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

79 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

203

255

Hip Force

490 lbs.

591 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Jeep Cherokee has a better fatality history. The Cherokee was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 82% lower per vehicle registered than the Soul, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

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The Cherokee’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Soul runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cherokee has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Cherokee optional). The Soul’s standard 110-amp alternator and largest (+/!) 120-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Cherokee has a standard 700-amp battery. The Soul’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Cherokee has more powerful engines than the Soul:

Horsepower

Torque

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

Soul 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

130 HP

118 lbs.-ft.

Soul + 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

161 HP

150 lbs.-ft.

Soul ! 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

201 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Soul + 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Cherokee

Soul

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.3 MPH

84.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Cherokee’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Kia only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Soul +.

The Cherokee has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Soul (15.9 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Cherokee has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Soul doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Jeep Cherokee comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Soul.

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Cherokee, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Soul.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cherokee’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Soul:

Cherokee

Soul

Soul !

Front Rotors

13 inches

11 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

10.3 inches

10.3 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

The Cherokee stops shorter than the Soul:

Cherokee

Soul

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee has larger standard tires than the Soul (225/60R17 vs. 205/60R16). The Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Soul (245/65R17 vs. 235/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cherokee has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Soul. The Cherokee’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Soul !.

The Cherokee has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Soul doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Soul, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Jeep Cherokee has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Soul has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Cherokee has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Cherokee flat and controlled during cornering. The Soul’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Soul doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cherokee’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the Soul (106.5 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Soul.

The Cherokee Limited 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Soul + pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Soul ! (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Cherokee (except Overland/Trailhawk) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Soul doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Cherokee Overland offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Soul doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Soul (103.5 vs. 101).

The Cherokee has .2 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Soul.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The Soul’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume than the Soul with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 24.2 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Soul doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Cherokee offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Soul doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The Cherokee has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Soul has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Soul doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Cherokee’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Soul has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Cherokee’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Soul’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Soul +/!’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

The Cherokee’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Soul’s passenger power window and power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Cherokee’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Soul’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Cherokee Limited/Overland/Trailhawk detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Soul doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Soul doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Cherokee’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Kia only offers heated mirrors on the Soul +/!.

The Cherokee’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Soul doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Cherokee and the Soul offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Cherokee has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Soul doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Cherokee offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Soul doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Soul doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Kia Soul by over two to one during 2018.

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