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Jeep Cherokee vs Subaru Forester


Five Minute Comparison Video

Executive Summary
Both are built on car platforms (rather than truck frames) so both offer compliant handling with light off-road capability.  Jeep feels roomier for people, Forester better swallows cargo.  Forester is more car-like; Jeep offers more rugged off-road and towing performance, and offers a hard-core Trailhawk edition for more serious rock hopping.  Either way, since Planet has Jeep and Subaru franchises, you can actually enjoy the process of buying at
your undealership.

Let's start with what they have in common:

Standard Features
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Power windows, locks, mirrors

Standard Safety:

  • Vehicle stability control to avoid skids; 
  • Brake override system;
  • Anti-lock brakes with brake assist; 

Similar Dimensions:

Cherokee is over two inches wider.


Cherokee is one inch longer.


Forester is over two inches taller.



4WD vs AWD
Cherokee is available with front wheel drive or your choice of
three (!) 4WD systems.  Standard Active Drive I satisfies the needs of most drivers who don't go off road.  Subaru offers only one all wheel drive system which is better suited to New England winters than goat crawling.


Light duty "Active Drive I"
4WD requires no driver input.
  On optional "Active Drive II"
system, a selector offers
low-range gearing and hill
descent control for pretty
serious off road capability.
 "Active Drive II Lock"
on Trailhawk offers
 locking rear differential

all wheel drive
 standard.  No
buttons to push.

Ground clearance
Jeep matches Subaru at 8.7 inches when equipped with optional Active Drive II system available on Limited and Trailhawk.

7.7 inches

8.7 inches

Cargo Space

Forester is taller and more squared off so it offers significantly more cargo space.  Jeep looks cooler from the outside.


 55 cubic feet (seats down)
25 cubic feet (seats up)


68 cubic feet (seats down)
31 cubic feet (seats up)

Passenger Volume

Both are quite roomy inside considering their compact dimensions.  

104 Cubic Feet


103 cubic feet

Standard Engine and acceleration

2.4 liter in-line
four cylinder
184 horsepower

0-60mph:  8.8 seconds

2.5 liter four cylinder
boxer engine
with 170 horsepower

0-60mph:  8.5 seconds

Fuel Economy
Both offer excellent fuel economy thanks to cutting-edge transmissions.  Subaru's ratios are infinitely variable; Jeep uses a large number of gears to suit every load.  Five speed automatics are typical, so nine speeds is a lot!

Nine speed
automatic transmission

4WD: 21 city, 28 hwy

Continuously variable
automatic transmission

AWD: 24 city, 32 hwy

Need some extra g

Forester models with the optional turbo are geared toward sportiness; Cherokee models with V6 are geared toward towing and off-road prowess.


3.2 liter V6 with
nine speed

271 horsepower

19 city, 27 highway

0-60 mph 6.6 seconds


2.0 liter turbocharged
four cylinder
with continuously
variable transmission

250 horsepower

city, 28 highway.

0-60 mph 6.1 seconds

Towing Capacity

If you're towing more than a small trailer, you'll appreciate Jeep's optional V6 engine. 

2.4L engine:  2,000 lbs
3.2L engine:  4,000 lbs

1500 pounds

Outward Visibility

Cherokee has swooping rear roofline for sporty look, but this styling reduces space for glass. Forester offers better front visibility with large partition window and narrower window trim.





Optional Power

Jeep's glass area is bigger. Two panels of glass are separated by an opaque bar.  Only the front panel opens (second is fixed). Jeep offers this roof only on Limited and Trailhawk.  Forester moonroof, consisting of one glass piece, opens all the way.




MSRP is higher on Cherokee but Jeep typically offers rebates and incentives that Subaru does not offer. 



Jeep wins coveted "Top Safety Pick" designation from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Forester earns earns "Plus" designation because of optional collision avoidance equipment. 

Top Safety Pick

Top Safety Pick "Plus" 

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Car buyers from Worcester, Boston, and Providence love the way they're treated at Planet, whether they're considering a Subaru Forester or a Jeep Cherokee.
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