2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

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Safety

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The 4Runner’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 4Runner and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

4Runner

Cherokee

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

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, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

4Runner

Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

41

64

Hip Force

233 lbs.

363 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

89

264

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

381 lbs.

938 lbs.

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

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Cherokee.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Jeep is ranked 22nd.

Engine

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The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 90 more horsepower (270 vs. 180) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota 4Runner is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

4Runner

Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.2 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The 4Runner has 7.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (23 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 4Runner’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cherokee:

4Runner

Cherokee

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.3 inches

10.95 inches

The 4Runner’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cherokee are solid, not vented.

The 4Runner stops shorter than the Cherokee:

4Runner

Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 4Runner has larger standard tires than the Cherokee (245/60R20 vs. 225/60R17). The 4Runner’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cherokee (265/70R17 vs. 245/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 4Runner Limited/Nightshade has standard 20-inch wheels. The Cherokee’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Jeep Cherokee only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The 4Runner has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Cherokee Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The 4Runner has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road/Venture offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 4Runner’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the Cherokee (109.8 inches vs. 106.5 inches).

The 4Runner’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.6% to 46.4%) than the Cherokee’s (57% to 43%). This gives the 4Runner more stable handling and braking.

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road handles at .73 G’s, while the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The 4Runner’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (9.6 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The 4Runner’s minimum ground clearance is .9 inch higher than on the Cherokee Trailhawk (9.6 vs. 8.7 inches).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 4Runner TRD Off-Road is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4:

4Runner

Cherokee

At idle

42 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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The 4Runner offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Cherokee can only carry 5.

The 4Runner has 24.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cherokee (128 vs. 103.5).

The 4Runner has .6 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 5.8 inches more rear hip room and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Cherokee.

4Runner

Cherokee

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

27.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

54.7 cubic feet

The 4Runner 5-Passenger’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in almost every dimension:

4Runner

Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42”/66.3”

33.9”/67.6”

Max Width

57.7”

49.2”

Min Width

42.4”

39.4”

Height

39.5”

28.8”

The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Cherokee’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Payload and Towing

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The 4Runner’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Cherokee’s (5000 vs. 2000 pounds).

The 4Runner has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Cherokee (1625 vs. 1000 lbs.).

The 4Runner has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Cherokee (1700 vs. 1000 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 4Runner is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cherokee. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The 4Runner’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the 4Runner the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the 4Runner’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Good” (depending on model and options).

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the Cherokee, including $364 less for a muffler, $76 less for front brake pads, $68 less for a fuel pump, $172 less for front struts and $39 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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4-Wheel & Off-Road performed a comparison test in its March 2015 issue and they ranked the Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road first. They ranked the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 fourth.

The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Cherokee has never been chosen.

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