2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Hybrid. But it costs extra on the Cherokee.

The Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera 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 Rav4 Hybrid and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is safer than the Cherokee:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

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

.8/.8 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

.63/.36

.84/.45

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 167 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Cherokee.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

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

Engine

The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 39 more horsepower (219 vs. 180) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.4 MPH

80.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4 Hybrid

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. Hybrid

41 city/37 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

 

 

Traillhawk 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

Regenerative brakes improve the Rav4 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 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid 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 Rav4 Hybrid 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.

Suspension and Handling

The Rav4 Hybrid XSE handles at .75 G’s, while the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The Rav4 Hybrid’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 Hybrid has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Rav4 Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 Hybrid has .1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

Payload

The Rav4 Hybrid has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Cherokee (1210 vs. 1000 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Rav4 Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Rav4 Hybrid 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.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Jeep Cherokee by 78% during 2018.

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