2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

 

CR-V

Cherokee

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

43%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

430 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

822/607 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

283

291

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29%

57%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

344 lbs.

Neck Compression

111 lbs.

166 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 lbs.

305/278 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Cherokee:

 

CR-V

Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.3/0 kN

3.5/1.6 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.52/.69

.84/.45

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

 

CR-V

Cherokee

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

130 G’s

176 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

255

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

43 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 21 points higher than the Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Cherokee isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 7 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the CR-V LX is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

 

CR-V

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

10.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Cherokee

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

3.2 DOHC V6

20 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

Active Drive II 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

 

 

Trailhawk 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

 

 

3.2 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

 

 

Active Drive II 3.2 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

 

 

Trailhawk 3.2 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Cherokee with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

 

CR-V

Cherokee

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Cherokee (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V LX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CR-V’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The CR-V’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 600 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4 (40 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cherokee (105.9 vs. 103.5).

The CR-V has .7 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

33.9”/67.6”

Max Width

54”

49.2”

Min Width

41.5”

39.4”

Height

41”

28.8”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Cherokee, including $162 less for a water pump, $487 less for a muffler, $73 less for front brake pads, $180 less for a fuel pump, $70 less for front struts and $542 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $3250 to $5978 less than for the Jeep Cherokee.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Cherokee

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cherokee isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Cherokee has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Cherokee has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Jeep Cherokee by 62% during the 2018 model year.

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