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Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Kia Sorento Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Jeep Grand Cherokee or Kia Sorento reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Kia Sorento truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 88 Grand Cherokees, 7.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 7600 miles

Refreshed. Very common problems with new climate control and infotainment system, which is tied into many other electrical systems.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Kia Sorento   21 Sorentos, 8.2 months of data per Sorento, average 9300 miles

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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   13 Grand Cherokees, 9.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 12400 miles

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2013 Kia Sorento   22 Sorentos, 9.5 months of data per Sorento, average 19800 miles

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 68 Grand Cherokees, 8.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 24600 miles52
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Kia Sorento 41 Sorentos, 9.0 months of data per Sorento, average 26700 miles23
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 63 Grand Cherokees, 9.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 39400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Kia Sorento 61 Sorentos, 8.4 months of data per Sorento, average 43300 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   18 Grand Cherokees, 9.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 60900 miles

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2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 33 Grand Cherokees, 9.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 81700 miles85
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Kia Sorento   14 Sorentos, 7.7 months of data per Sorento, average 76000 miles

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee   11 Grand Cherokees, 7.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 97600 miles

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2006 Kia Sorento   10 Sorentos, 10.3 months of data per Sorento, average 63100 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 26 Grand Cherokees, 7.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 104800 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 26 Grand Cherokees, 8.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 125400 miles76
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee   14 Grand Cherokees, 8.2 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 126800 miles

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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee   15 Grand Cherokees, 6.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 160800 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Jeep Grand Cherokee

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I owned a Pontiac Bonneville previously and wanted a 4wheel drive /SUV type vehicle.
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
I have had no major problems with any of my Jeeps. This one has had a few electrical glitches but seem OK now.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
Air suspension was problematic and took over a month at the dealer and 4 visits to finally get fixed. Also had problems with the radio and the memory settings getting wiped out. Occassional electric gremlins.
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
I bought this vehicle brand new straight from the dealers show room its been seven months now and done only 4500 miles but I had to take it twice to the dealer for coolant leakage and water pump issues.
2011 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
Already in for major repair with only 500 miles on it
2011 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
As I said this is our fourth Jeep and one must be prepared for poor reliability. Chrysler does not seem to be able to build a reliable vehicle. I don't know if it is poor quality control, poor parts supplier, poor training of assembly line workers
2008 4dr SUV turbocharged 215hp 3.0L V6 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
too early to tell but reports are poor
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
The Grand Cherokee has had very bad electical problems. It seems that you can either get a really good one, or a really bad one.
2002 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
Very poor reliability. Known failures of heater blower doors, window regulators, brake systems. Failures usually out of warranty. Same poor designs carried over from 2001 to 2004.
2000 4dr SUV 195-horsepower 4.0L I6 w/DoD
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Lots of problems with the front differential and axle on the Selec-Trac 4x4
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
No issues so far at 30,000 miles.
2011 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Owned for 14 months and 15K miles with ZERO problems! No issues whatsoever!
2007 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Have over 62,000 miles and only now have a minor problem.
2007 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
3 years owned, aside from replacing wear items, it has visited the shop twice for warranty repair items.
2005 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
47K miles and no issues. Kept on strict Kia service plan.
Kia Sorento Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 0 This has been the worst car I have ever owned for needing maitenance and repairs. Shocked and dissappointed.