2021 Jeep Cherokee vs 2021 Kia Sportage

March 8th, 2021 by

2021 Kia Sportage vs 2021 Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee and Kia Sportage are two popular compact SUVs. Compact SUVs offer drivers an upgrade in capability over a standard sedan. The 2021 Jeep Cherokee and 2021 Kia Sportage offer many similar features at a similar price point in the market. In this article, we will explore the similarities and differences between the 2021 Jeep Cherokee and 2021 Kia Sportage.

 

Engine and Drivetrain

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee comes available in 3 different engine options. First up is a 2.4L Tigershark Multiair 2 engine which puts out 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Next is a 2.0L Turbo engine which puts out 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Finally, a 3.2L Pentastar V6 engine which puts out 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Kia Sportage comes with two available engine options. First up is a 2.4L Inline 4-cylinder engine which puts out 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The second available engine is a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder engine which puts out 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The Jeep Cherokee is available in a FWD and Four-Wheel Drive (4×4) drivetrain, an upgrade from the AWD offered on the Sportage. The Jeep Cherokee gets up to an EPA-estimated 31 highway MPG and can tow up to a best-in-class 4,500 pounds when properly equipped. The Kia Sportage is available in both a Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) drivetrain. The Kia SUV gets up to an EPA-estimated 30 highway MPG and can tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

 

2021 Jeep Cherokee Interior Comparison

Interior and Technology

Both the Jeep Cherokee and Kia Sportage offer all of the modern luxury features you’d expect in a new vehicle. Both vehicles offer available leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel as well as heated and ventilated front seats. Both vehicles also offer an available panoramic sunroof. Other convenience features available on both vehicles are a power lift-gate, remote start and remote keyless entry.

The technology features offered in both vehicles are also quite similar. The Sportage offers an 8” Touchscreen with Bluetooth, Navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Conversely, the Cherokee offers a slightly larger 8.4” Touchscreen with all of the same features. The Jeep Cherokee does offer some upgrades that the Sportage does not. The Cherokee can now pair with your Amazon Alexa allowing you to start your vehicle, check fuel levels and send an address to the vehicle’s navigation system. The Cherokee also offers an onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing you and your passengers to stay connected on the road.

 

2021 Kia Sportage Interior

Safety Features

Both vehicles offer an array of available safety features to keep you and your family safe on the road ahead. Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and Lane-Keeping Assist are available features on both vehicles. Both vehicles are equipped with advanced airbag systems as well as rear-view cameras. The Jeep Cherokee offers an adaptive cruise control system as well as park assist features not available on the Kia Sportage. Both vehicles are recent recipients of the IIHS Top Safety Pick.

 

Pricing, Trim Levels and Warranty

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee and 2021 Kia Sportage are available in an array of trim levels which ultimately determine the pricing of your vehicle. Features like engine type, AWD/4×4, and technology upgrades will affect the price of your vehicle. Below is the list of starting MSRP for each trim level.

 

2021 Jeep Cherokee Pricing:

2021 Jeep Cherokee LatitudeMSRP starting at $26,555

2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude PlusMSRP starting at $28,625

2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude AltitudeMSRP starting at $30,065

2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude LuxMSRP starting at $30,145

2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude LimitedMSRP starting at $34,295

2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude TrailhawkMSRP starting at $35,595

2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude High AltitudeMSRP starting at $36,985

 

2021 Kia Sportage Pricing:

2021 Kia Sportage LXMSRP starting at $23,990

2021 Kia Sportage SMSRP starting at $26,490

2021 Kia Sportage EXMSRP starting at $27,290

2021 Kia Sportage SX TurboMSRP starting at $33,650

 

As you can see, the 2021 Kia Sportage starts out at lower value price point. However, when you compare similarly equipped vehicles, both the Jeep Cherokee and Kia Sportage compare similarly from a pricing standpoint. Another important factor to consider is the warranty on both vehicles. The Kia Sportage offers a basic warranty for 5-years/60k miles and a powertrain warranty for an impressive 10-years/100k miles. Conversely, the Cherokee gets a basic warranty for 3-years/36k miles and a powertrain warranty for 5-years/60k miles.

 

2021 Jeep Cherokee at Glenn’s Freedom CDJR

Thank you for reading our article comparing the “2021 Jeep Cherokee and 2021 Kia Sportage.” Glenn’s Freedom CDJR is proud to offer the 2021 Jeep Cherokee for sale to customers in Kentucky. Our Jeep Sales Specialists are standing by to answer any questions you have regarding your purchasing decision. Call, click or stop by our Jeep dealership in Lexington today!

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