2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

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Safety

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The QX30 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The QX30 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Cherokee’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Cherokee’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Cherokee and the QX30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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There are over 11 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cherokee has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Cherokee optional). The QX30’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 Cherokee’s reliability 20 points higher than the QX30.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th.

Engine

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The Cherokee’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (270 vs. 208) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 63 more horsepower (271 vs. 208) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Cherokee uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The QX30 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Cherokee has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Cherokee has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 14.8 gallons).

The Cherokee has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The QX30 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jeep Cherokee higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Infiniti QX30 (3). This means the Cherokee produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX30 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Cherokee, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX30.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cherokee’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the QX30:

Cherokee

QX30

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX30 (245/65R17 vs. 235/50R18).

The Cherokee has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The QX30 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the QX30, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The QX30 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX30.

The Cherokee’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57% to 43%) than the QX30’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the Cherokee more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX30 (8.7 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Cherokee (except Overland/Trailhawk) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX30 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Cherokee Overland offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The QX30 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 14.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (103.5 vs. 88.8).

The Cherokee has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 6.8 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The QX30’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (54.7 vs. 34 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Cherokee offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The Cherokee has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Cherokee uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The QX30 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Cherokee offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Cherokee and the QX30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cherokee is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Cherokee’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The QX30’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Cherokee has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the QX30 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Cherokee has standard extendable sun visors. The QX30 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Cherokee and the QX30 offer available heated front seats. The Cherokee Overland also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX30.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The QX30 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Cherokee’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Cherokee offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The QX30 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the QX30 because it costs $291 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the QX30, including $328 less for a water pump, $193 less for fuel injection and $1075 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Infiniti QX30 by almost 30 to one during 2018.

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