2015 Jeep Cherokee vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee takes on the more spacious side of the compact crossover segment, including vehicles like the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Among them, the Honda is the most comfort-oriented and utility-minded, and it’s a good pick for those who don’t quite want or need a minivan.

While we think the new RAV4 got a smarter layout and a fresher look, it doesn't drive better than the outgoing version, and its appeal seems more limited.

The Ford Escape goes sporty in many respects, with a cabin design that sacrifices some space, as well as zippy handling and an all-four-cylinder engine cast.

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.

And the Subaru Forester is a sort of counter to all that the Cherokee stands for; it's roomy and comfortable yet surprisingly able on the trail, eschewing all the optional off-road packages for a single X-mode button intended for the tough stuff; it's a good pick for those who have to trudge through the snow.

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Quick Specs
Although the styling might have some disconnects -- from the past, and within itself -- the 2015 Jeep Cherokee delivers all the Jeep essentials, with impressive features and safety.
With athletic looks and the performance to match, plus a roomy interior and loads of available cabin tech and convenience features, the 2015 Ford Escape is bolder and more exciting than most rivals, without much compromise.
The 2015 Subaru Forester remains one of the best cars you can buy, thanks to exceptional safety, versatility, and all-weather capability.
The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is a practical crossover with confident handling. Just know that driving enjoyment is not its strong point.
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.
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Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door S4-Door Manual 2.5i PZEVFWD 4-Door LE (GS)2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 2.4
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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