2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the CR-V Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The CR-V Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Cherokee’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

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

The CR-V Hybrid’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 Hybrid and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 16th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 14 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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The CR-V Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 32 more horsepower (212 vs. 180) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

CR-V Hybrid

AWD

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

40 city/35 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

Regenerative brakes improve the CR-V 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 Honda CR-V Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Cherokee with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The CR-V 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.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CR-V Hybrid has larger tires than the Cherokee (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the CR-V Hybrid’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The CR-V Hybrid’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 Hybrid has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the CR-V Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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

The CR-V Hybrid 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

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The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (33.2 vs. 27.6 cubic feet). The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (68.7 vs. 54.7 cubic feet).

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

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

CR-V Hybrid

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 Hybrid’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

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The CR-V Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V Hybrid’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Cherokee’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Cherokee doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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The Honda CR-V outsold the Jeep Cherokee by 89% during 2019.

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