2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

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The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Tucson’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 Tucson and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

Tucson

Cherokee

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

204

Neck Injury Risk

21%

38.2%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

408 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

368/516 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

37%

37%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

218 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

241/259 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, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

Tucson

Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

133 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

363 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

241

264

Hip Force

482 lbs.

938 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cherokee’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Cherokee. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Cherokee ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Cherokee’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Hyundai 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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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tucson’s reliability 19 points higher than the Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Cherokee isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 20 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Hyundai Tucson 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

Tucson

Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tucson stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

Tucson

Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Tucson SE/Value’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The Tucson Sport’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson 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 Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The Tucson’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (34.9 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

The Tucson is 5.6 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has .2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (31 vs. 27.6 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 54.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tucson easier. The Tucson’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

The Tucson’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in every dimension:

Tucson

Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

33.9”/67.6”

Max Width

53”

49.2”

Min Width

40.7”

39.4”

Height

35.2”

28.8”

Payload

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The Tucson has a higher standard payload capacity than the Cherokee (1138 vs. 1000 lbs.).

The Tucson has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Cherokee (1146 vs. 1000 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Tucson has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Tucson’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Cherokee’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Cherokee doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $445 less than the Cherokee over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Cherokee, including $92 less for a water pump, $332 less for a muffler, $73 less for front brake pads, $178 less for a starter, $359 less for a fuel pump, $116 less for front struts and $671 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $3378 to $4779 less than for the Jeep Cherokee.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Jeep Cherokee isn't recommended.

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