Jeep Cherokee vs. Subaru Crosstrek Comparison

See how the 2019 Jeep Cherokee compares to the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

The SUV market is highly competitive, and we want you to know as much as you can about a vehicle before stepping into the dealership for a test drive. That way you can make a well-informed decision on the vehicle you plan on buying or leasing! To help you along the car-buying route, we've gone ahead and done a comparison on the Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Crosstrek.

Interior Space

If you're shopping for an SUV, there's a good chance you want a decent amount of cargo space to store your gear. With all seats up, the Jeep Cherokee has 25.8 cubic feet of cargo space. If you want to fold the 60/40 second-row seats down, you'll get up to 54.7 cubic feet of space! As with many new Jeep SUVS, the Cherokee also has several clever cubby spaces to place smaller items, and you can get a power liftgate!

With all seats up, the Subaru Crosstrek has notably less room to work with, as you'll only get 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space. With the back seats folded flat, though, you'll have 55.3 cubic feet, which is more than the Cherokee. That said, we know that most of our customers aren't using their vehicle for maximum hauling needs, so we like that you can get more space with the Cherokee when all seats are in use. The Crosstrek also doesn't have a power liftgate.

Features

Moving from the back of both vehicles to the front where most of the exciting features are, let's see how the two models compare.

Power-Seating: the driver can get power-seating up to 8-ways and the passenger up to 4-ways on the Cherokee. Power passenger seating isn't available on the Crosstrek and for the driver it stops at 6-ways.

Seating Materials: shop the Cherokee lineup and you can get premium cloth, leather, perforated leather, and cloth and leather trimmed seats. The Overland trim also has a stunning Sky Gray leather interior. Cloth or leather seating with contrast stitching are the two options for the Crosstrek.

Infotainment: all Cherokee and Crosstrek models have a touchscreen. The Cherokee has a standard 7-inch one or you can get an 8.4-inch on higher trims. The Crosstrek's touchscreen starts at 6.5-inches and goes up to 8-inches. Both brand's infotainment systems have standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

Safety

Below are the stand out advanced safety features for each model. The offerings are similar, and the Crosstrek competes closely with the Cherokee!

Cherokee:

  • Backup camera
  • Parking assist
  • Automatic parking
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-path detection
  • Full-speed collision warning
  • LaneSense® lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
  • Crosstrek:

  • Backup camera
  • High-beam assist
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist and sway warning
  • Pre-collision braking
  • Pre-collision throttle management
  • Performance

    All Crosstrek models have the same engine: a 2.0L with 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft torque. Those specs cannot even come close to competing with Cherokee's three engines! The standard engine is a 2.4L with 180 horsepower and 170 lb-ft torque. There's also a stronger 3.2L V6 with 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft torque and a 2.0L Turbo with 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft torque! Depending on the engine, you can tow up to 4,500 pounds and that blows the Crosstrek's 1,500-pound rating out of the water.

    Now, let's look at the other side of performance and discuss capabilities. What helps the Subaru brand stand out is that 99% of their models come standard with all-wheel drive, and that's something you'll have to upgrade to with most brands, including Jeep. That said, we like the flexibility. If you want a 4x2 Cherokee you can get it or you can opt for a 4x4. With the 4x4 you can also get the Selec-Terrain® management system that lets you choose between Sport, Auto, Snow, Sand/Mud, and the available Rock setting. You can even go off-roading with the Jeep Cherokee if you get the Trailhawk® trim, and that's something you won't want to do with the Crosstrek! No, the Crosstrek tops out at dirt driveways and unpaved backroads.

    The Cherokee and Crosstrek might be neck and neck when it comes to advanced safety features, but in terms of useful cargo space, features, and premium amenities, the Cherokee has the Crosstrek beat! To find the right Jeep Cherokee trim for you, stop into our dealership this week for a test drive.

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