The 2016 Jeep Cherokee lands right in the heart of the compact crossover segment, occupied by strong-sellers like the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Yet because it's on the spacious side of that group—and very distinctive in design and styling—the Cherokee has some definite advantages.
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.
The Honda CR-V is the one that's the best pick for pragmatists; it has great utility and space, and fits the bill for those who don't want a minivan.
The Ford Escape goes sporty in many respects, with a cabin design that sacrifices some space, as well as zippy handling and an all-4-cylinder engine cast.
Also, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is refined and economical and has seating for five.
And 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—although there's a hybrid version on the way this year.
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|2016 Jeep CherokeeBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2016 Hyundai Santa FeBrowse Used Listings||2016 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings||2015 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2015 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4|
|Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD|
|FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door S||FWD 4-Door 2.4||FWD 4-Door LE (SE)||2WD 5-Door LX||4-Door Manual 2.5i PZEV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2016 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2016 Ford Escape||2016 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe||2016 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2016 Toyota RAV4||2016 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2015 Honda CR-V||2016 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2015 Subaru Forester|