2014 Jeep Cherokee vs. Its Competition

2014 Jeep Cherokee
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Although the former Cherokee, and the Liberty, competed against more traditional SUVs, the new 2014 Cherokee takes on the roomier compact crossovers, like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Subaru Forester.

The CR-V is one of the most comfort-oriented, utility-minded offerings, and it’s a good pick for those who don’t quite want or need a minivan.

The latest RAV4 gets a more modern look, as well as a somewhat smarter layout, but it doesn’t necessarily drive better than the previous version.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is economical and has seating for five, and has an available economical yet strong turbocharged engine, although there’s a three-row Santa Fe available.

Subaru’s Forester is roomy and comfortable yet surprisingly able on the trail; that and good ground clearance make it a strong pick for those in very snowy climates.

The Ford Escape takes a different approach altogether, with sportier styling and an interior that sacrifices some space, as well as zippy handling and an all-four-cylinder engine lineup.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee plants a foot in both the crossover and SUV world--and only flubs the styling.
With authentically athletic looks and performance balancing out good passenger space, cargo versatility, and loads of high-tech features, the 2014 Ford Escape is attractive to a wide range of buyers.
The 2014 Honda CR-V isn't exactly sprightly, but it nails efficiency on a few levels and finally brings more features to the family-wagon fight.
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe is a little schizophrenic, but we dig both of its personalities. Those with larger families will want to look at the V-6 Santa Fe, while smaller families will enjoy the turbo-powered Santa Fe Sport.
The sharp-looking 2014 Subaru Forester gets a lot more comfortable inside, and offers some useful driving aids and safety electronics.
The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is sensible and spacious; but if driving fun is a priority, you can do better.
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Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 2.44-Door Manual 2.5i PZEVFWD 4-Door LE (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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