2019 Lexus UX Series vs. 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the UX Series 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The UX Series comes with a full 4-year/50,000-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 14,000 miles sooner.

Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the UX Series 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 UX Series’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Cherokee’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 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 Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 89 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Jeep is ranked 22nd.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

UX Series

Cherokee

 

2WD

200/Auto

29 city/37 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

23 city/31 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/29 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

 

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

250h/Auto

41 city/38 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Auto Active Drive II

 

 

n/a

20 city/26 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Auto Trailhawk

 

 

n/a

19 city/27 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/26 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto Active Drive II

 

 

n/a

18 city/24 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto Trailhawk

Regenerative brakes improve the UX Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lexus UX Series 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 UX Series 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.

Tires and Wheels

The UX Series’ 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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the UX Series 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 UX Series 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

For better maneuverability, the UX Series’ turning circle is 3.4 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (34.2 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The UX Series’ turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (34.2 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Lexus UX Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

The UX Series is 5 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the UX Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The UX Series has 1 inch more front legroom and 2.4 inches more rear hip room than the Cherokee.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Jeep. J.D. Power ranks Lexus third in service department satisfaction. With a 87% lower rating, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Ergonomics

The UX Series’ optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel 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.

The UX Series offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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