2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Cherokee doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The QX30 (except Pure) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the QX30 and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cherokee’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Cherokee. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Cherokee ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Cherokee’s (7 vs. 5 years).

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 QX30’s reliability 12 points higher than the Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 68 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 16 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (208 vs. 180) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

 

QX30

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

80.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

 

 

 

MPG

QX30

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 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

Transmission

The QX30 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

 

QX30

Cherokee

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX30 has larger tires than the Cherokee (235/50R18 vs. 225/60R17).

The QX30’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The QX30’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee Overland’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cherokee.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Cherokee doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 Essential AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Cherokee’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 650 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

The QX30 is 7.8 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 7.7 inches shorter in height than the Cherokee, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the QX30 has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Cherokee uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4:

 

QX30

Cherokee

At idle

41 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the QX30 is 1.5 inches lower than the Cherokee (16.4” vs. 17.9”). The QX30’s rear step up height is .9 inches lower than the Cherokee’s (17.2” vs. 18.1”).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX30 easier. The QX30’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.1 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Jeep. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 92% lower rating, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Cherokee (except Latitude), the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential’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 QX30 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows 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 QX30 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 Sport/Essential to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Cherokee doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

When the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Cherokee’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The QX30 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cherokee offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The QX30 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Cherokee.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX30 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the QX30 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Cherokee is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The QX30 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX30 will retain 53.6% to 54.72% of its original price after five years, while the Cherokee only retains 45.87% to 48.68%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the QX30 than the Cherokee, including $207 less for a muffler, $52 less for front brake pads, $83 less for a starter, $202 less for a fuel pump, $6 less for front struts and $159 less for a timing belt/chain.

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