2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2020 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

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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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Cherokee’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Cherokee and the Rav4 Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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-cylinder produces 51 more horsepower (270 vs. 219) than the Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 52 more horsepower (271 vs. 219) than the Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

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

Cherokee

Rav4 Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Cherokee has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 Hybrid (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 Hybrid 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 Rav4 Hybrid:

Cherokee

Rav4 Hybrid

Front Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Rav4 Hybrid:

Cherokee

Rav4 Hybrid

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

143 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

145 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 Hybrid (245/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

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 Hybrid XSE/Limited’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cherokee offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Rav4 Hybrid’s 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 Rav4 Hybrid 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 Hybrid; 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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid (106.5 inches vs. 105.9 inches). The Cherokee Trailhawk’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Rav4 Hybrid (107.1 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Rav4 Hybrid XSE pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Rav4 Hybrid XSE (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 Hybrid (8.7 vs. 8.1 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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid (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 Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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

Towing

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The Cherokee’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rav4 Hybrid’s (2000 vs. 1750 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is only 1750 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. 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 Rav4 Hybrid can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The Cherokee uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rav4 Hybrid 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’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 Hybrid 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 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 Hybrid has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XSE/Limited.

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 Hybrid.

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 Rav4 Hybrid 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 Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Cherokee is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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