2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Rav4 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 and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, 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 is safer than the Cherokee:

 

Rav4

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 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 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’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 23 more horsepower (203 vs. 180) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 2.4 4 cyl.:

 

Rav4

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

80.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 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 Toyota Rav4 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rav4 stops shorter than the Cherokee:

 

Rav4

Cherokee

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Rav4 Adventure handles at .84 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’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 Rav4 LE/XLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8.4 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Toyota Rav4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 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 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 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 has a higher standard payload capacity than the Cherokee (1120 vs. 1000 lbs.).

The Rav4 has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Cherokee (1240 vs. 1000 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Rav4’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.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2019 issue and they ranked the Toyota Rav4 Adventure three places higher than the Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4.

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

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