Small SUV Leasing Tips: Jeep Cherokee vs. Honda CRV
When you and your family are seeking a luxury vehicle that can handle weekend adventures, too, the Jeep Cherokee is sure to be on your list. Its roomy and elegant interior makes each ride a pleasure, while its robust engine gives you plenty of power for hauling gear.
Let’s take a look at how the Cherokee stacks up against Honda’s CR-V, a frequent contender in the compact SUV field.
Capability and Handling
In terms of raw power, the Jeep Cherokee is available in three different engine options, with a nine-speed transmission and 4×4 drivetrain:
- 4L Inline 4
- 25L V6
- 0L Turbocharged Inline 4
All options include Engine Stop/Start technology, which preserves fuel by turning off the engine when not in use, such as at stops. It starts back up seamlessly as soon as you lift your foot from the brake. Plus, the Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 lbs (best-in-class, compared to the CR-V’s 1,500-lb. capability).
Stark County drivers will appreciate the Jeep Cherokee’s 15.9-gal fuel tank and 21 city, 29 highway MPG.
While the Honda CR-V gets slightly better mileage, at 27/32 MPG, it lacks the horsepower and torque of the Cherokee, making the Cherokee the clear choice for hauling heavy loads. The Jeep Cherokee is also better equipped for off-road use, with dial-in traction controls and the ability to handle any snow and mud that comes its way.
Safety-conscious consumers will appreciate the ABS brakes and airbags, including driver, passenger, front-side and curtain airbags, available on the Cherokee. It received a four-star safety rating from NHTSA, with five stars in front-crash passenger and side-crash overall categories. While the Honda CR-V retained a five-star rating overall, it only rated a 4 in front-crash passenger category.
Other safety features available on both cars include warning systems like Forward Collision Warning and blind spot monitoring, as well as rear cross path detection. The Cherokee also offers rear park assist and Active Head Restraints, which protect driver and passenger from whiplash.
Jeep puts the “luxury” in luxury SUV with its elegant interior. Of course features such as power windows, locks, mirrors and steering are standard on the Cherokee, but so is cruise, backup camera, keyless entry, and smart device integration (a feature missing on the CR-V). Connect your smartphone or tune in to satellite radio while you enjoy premium interior styling, including leather trim. The NAV system features an easy-to-use UConnect touchscreen up to 8.4 inches with an available Harmon Kardon Premium Audio System. The CR-V’s infotainment system, on the other hand, contains some frustrating controls.
Stretch out: the Cherokee offers about the same legroom front and back as the CR-V and each has room for 5. Privacy glass is standard on the Cherokee, too.
While both vehicles are competitive in terms of size, the Cherokee is the clear winner if you’re looking for an SUV with power and grace. The CR-V just can’t compete.