Compare 2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Jeep Cherokee
2017 Subaru Forester
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75th Anniversary Edition 4x4
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition 4x4 21 28 $27,116 $27,645
Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition FWD 21 30 $25,161 $25,645
Cherokee Altitude 4x4 21 28 $25,540 $25,695
Cherokee Altitude FWD 21 30 $23,565 $23,695
Cherokee High Altitude 4x4 21 28 $30,736 $31,495
Cherokee High Altitude FWD 21 30 $28,781 $29,495
Cherokee Latitude 4x4 21 28 $27,116 $27,645
Cherokee Latitude FWD 21 30 $25,161 $25,645
Cherokee Limited 4x4 21 28 $30,736 $31,495
Cherokee Limited FWD 21 30 $28,781 $29,495
Cherokee Overland 4x4 20 27 $36,564 $37,695
Cherokee Overland FWD 21 30 $33,857 $34,895
Cherokee Sport 4x4 21 28 $25,540 $25,695
Cherokee Sport FWD 21 30 $23,565 $23,695
Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 19 25 $30,454 $31,195
Cherokee Trailhawk L Plus 4x4 19 25 $30,454 $31,195
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2.0XT Premium CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 2.0XT Premium CVT 23 27 $27,424 $29,295
Forester 2.0XT Touring CVT 23 27 $32,028 $34,295
Forester 2.5i CVT 26 32 $22,272 $23,595
Forester 2.5i Limited CVT 26 32 $27,321 $29,195
Forester 2.5i Manual 22 28 $21,363 $22,595
Forester 2.5i Premium CVT 26 32 $24,466 $25,995
Forester 2.5i Premium Manual 22 28 $24,032 $25,495
Forester 2.5i Touring CVT 26 32 $29,243 $31,295

Subaru Forester vs. Jeep Cherokee: Compare Cars

One old and very well-recognized nameplate, the Jeep Cherokee has returned. And it's a good off-roader as well as a very comfortable, easy street performer. It could possibly be the first compact SUV to do both equally well.

In the meantime, the Subaru Forester has been on a steady path of progress. The Forester's gotten so good at blending wagon and sport-utility vehicle traits that we named it our Best Car To Buy 2014.

And that begs the question: Which is better at taking on everyday family tasks, while still giving off the right SUV flavor and texture?

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,116
$27,424
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,645
$29,295
Monthly Payment Estimate
$461 / month
$488 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.8
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Jeep Cherokee still antes up considerable trail-riding talent, but other crossover SUVs do a better job of daily driving. One of the best small SUVs, the 2017 Subaru Forester is a good value, with remarkable interior volume, thrifty fuel economy, and top safety scores.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 56.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.4 103.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 43
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 53.9
Second Leg Room (in)
40.3 38
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 40
Second Hip Room (in)
49.9 53
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 57
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
66.2 68.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 103.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 70.7
Liftover Height (in)
30.9 28.6
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
182 181.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
36.1 42.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
58.9 68.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
24.6 31.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
41.4 45.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
24.6 31.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 71.9
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 31.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 37.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 10.9
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 12.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 15.9
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/60TR18 P225/55HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
TWS NA
Front Tire Size
P225/60TR18 P225/55HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TWS NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3953 3653
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4600 258 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
ED6-D NA
Displacement
2.4 L/144 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
184 @ 6400 250 @ 5600
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.80
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 4.11
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 -
Trans Type
9 8
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.81 2.35
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.58 0.66
Trans Order Code
DFH NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.38 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.70 3.50 - 0.98
Summary
Vehicle Name
Jeep Cherokee Subaru Forester
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 7.0
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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