2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2020 Lexus RX Series

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Safety

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Both the Cherokee and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Lexus RX Series:

Cherokee

RX Series

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

204

265

Neck Injury Risk

38.2%

42%

Neck Stress

408 lbs.

546 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

135 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

368/516 lbs.

499/536 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

166

176

Neck Injury Risk

37%

53%

Neck Stress

218 lbs.

290 lbs.

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

241/259 lbs.

403/259 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Lexus RX Series:

Cherokee

RX Series

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.7 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

203

275

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

490 lbs.

685 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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There are almost 10 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the RX 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid:

Cherokee

RX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

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

3.2 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

RX Series

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

Regardless of its engine, the Cherokee’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the RX Series Hybrid.

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 RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 RX Series 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 RX Series.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cherokee stops shorter than the RX Series:

Cherokee

RX Series

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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

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 RX Series’ optional 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 RX Series 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 RX Series, 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’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 RX Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the RX 450h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the RX 450h (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Cherokee’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (37.6 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (38.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RX Series (8.7 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Jeep Cherokee may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 650 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The Cherokee is 10.5 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the Cherokee easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 RX Series 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 RX Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume than the RX Series with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 18.4 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Cherokee’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (2000 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lexus RX Series is only 3500 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 RX Series 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 RX Series because it costs $473 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the RX Series, including $724 less for a water pump, $1 less for front brake pads, $219 less for a starter, $128 less for fuel injection, $1050 less for a timing belt/chain and $1767 less for a power steering pump.

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Lexus RX Series by almost three to one during 2018.

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