2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2020 Lexus UX Series

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Safety

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Both the Cherokee and the UX 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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 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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The Cherokee has more powerful engines than the UX Series:

Horsepower

Torque

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

180 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

270 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

UX 200 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder

169 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

UX 250h 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid

181 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the UX 250h 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid:

Cherokee

UX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.3 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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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 UX Series Hybrid.

The Cherokee has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Cherokee has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 12.4 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 UX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Cherokee

UX Series

Front Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

The Cherokee stops shorter than the UX Series:

Cherokee

UX Series

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (245/65R17 vs. 225/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cherokee offers optional 19-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 UX 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 UX Series; 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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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cherokee’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the UX Series (106.5 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the UX Series.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the UX 200 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 1.1 seconds quicker than the UX 200 (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

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 UX 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 UX Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 13.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (103.5 vs. 90.4).

The Cherokee has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 7.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The UX Series’ 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 UX Series (27.6 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Payload and Towing

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The Cherokee has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

The Cherokee 4WD with optional equipment can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Cherokee can be unhitched and driven around locally. The UX Series can’t be towed flat on the ground.

The Cherokee has a higher standard payload capacity than the UX Series (1000 vs. 890 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The Cherokee uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series 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 power windows standard on both the Cherokee and the UX Series 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 UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Both the Cherokee and the UX Series offer optional 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 UX Series.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Lexus UX Series by over 11 to one during 2019.

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