2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Toyota Rav4

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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 Rav4 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Cherokee and the Rav4 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are almost 2 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Engine

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The Cherokee’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 67 more horsepower (270 vs. 203) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 68 more horsepower (271 vs. 203) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (239 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

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

Cherokee

Rav4

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.3 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cherokee’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rav4 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Cherokee has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (15.9 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Rav4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 an eight-speed automatic is available for the Rav4.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cherokee’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

Cherokee

Rav4

Front Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Rav4:

Cherokee

Rav4

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

140 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rav4 (245/65R17 vs. 235/55R19).

The Cherokee’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s 55 series tires.

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 Rav4 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 Rav4, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cherokee has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Rav4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cherokee’s wheelbase is .6 inches longer than on the Rav4 (106.5 inches vs. 105.9 inches). The Cherokee Trailhawk’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Rav4 (107.1 feet vs. 105.9 inches).

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Rav4 Limited pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Rav4 Limited (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited (8.7 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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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 Rav4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 4.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 (103.5 vs. 98.9).

The Cherokee has .1 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear hip room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Rav4 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Cherokee’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Rav4’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Towing

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The Cherokee’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rav4’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Rav4 Adventure is only 3500 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Cherokee’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 Cherokee’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Rav4’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

The Cherokee has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Rav4 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rav4 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Cherokee’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota charges extra for heated mirrors on the Rav4.

The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because it costs $537 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Cherokee than the Rav4, including $105 less for fuel injection, $116 less for a timing belt/chain and $62 less for a power steering pump.

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