Think of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and 2019 Jeep Cherokee as the automotive equivalent of low-top hiking boots. They’re not quite as off-road-ready as a new pair of high-top Montrails, but they’re far more eager to get down and dirty than a pair of Top Siders.
On our scale, the 2018 Crosstrek scores a 7.2 out of 10, while the refreshed 2019 Cherokee comes in with a 6.2. The Subaru scores for its value and its safety, while the Jeep earns points in off-road ability and its wider lineup of engines and trim levels. Let’s have a look at the nitty-gritty.