2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee Model Comparison Information in Redwood City, CA

March 28, 2019

Whether you're navigating the crowded streets and highways of the Bay Area or heading to the mountains for some time away, a new small SUV is a popular way to go. There are perhaps no better recognized names for capability than Subaru and Jeep, so it makes sense that they'll be at the top of most lists. But which one gives you more value for your money? Below, we compare the facts that stand between the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester and the latest Jeep Cherokee.

Before you decide which new small SUV you'll take home, we invite you to come test drive the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester in Redwood City, CA. Our recently redesigned Subaru dealership has a huge selection of new and used vehicles, and we strive to show the greater San Francisco Bay Area a better dealership experience at Carlsen Subaru.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Interior

One of the biggest reasons that the small SUV has become so popular is the extra space for cargo and passengers alike. The all-new Subaru Forester delivers in a big way with nearly 112 cubic feet in which up to five passengers are certain to enjoy the ride. The specs for the Jeep Cherokee list an EPA interior volume of 128 cubic feet but this includes a cargo area that's up to 27.6 cubic feet. The result is that the small SUV from Jeep only offers just over 100 cubic feet for passengers, and that's about what we'd expect from a small sedan or hatchback.

When it comes to cargo space, the new Subaru Forester again holds a substantial advantage with up to 35.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. You'll only find 24.6 cubic feet of space behind the Jeep Cherokee back seats. Fold the rear seats down, and the small SUV from Subaru provides a convenient 76.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo room compared to just 54.9 cubic feet in the back of the Jeep Cherokee.


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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Technology

It's no secret that you can expect impressive technology in almost any new vehicle today, including in the new Subaru Forester and Jeep Cherokee. However, there are a few key differences to be aware of. The Subaru STARLINK™ touchscreen multimedia system shares many of the features that come with the UCONNECT® 4 system in the Jeep Cherokee. However, all but the entry-level 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability. To get this level of connection in the already more expensive Jeep Cherokee, you'll be looking at the highest trim levels and a hefty price tag. When we looked at the technology overall in each of these small SUV models, it's clear that you're getting a lot more for your money in the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Performance

It's easy to think of anything with a Jeep badge as coming standard with four-wheel drive, however that's just not the case. In fact, the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee starts out as a front-wheel drive vehicle with four-wheel drive available as another pricey option. Meanwhile, every Subaru Forester comes standard with the renowned traction and safety of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This may not seem like a huge advantage on the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area but remember that this added level of traction makes it much safer when reacting to surprises on any driving surface.

Since the Jeep Cherokee starts out as a front-wheel drive small SUV with far less space than the Subaru Forester, we thought for sure the Jeep would get better gas mileage. You can imagine our surprise when we realized that the Subaru Forester is the one that's more fuel efficient with a combined fuel economy of 29 MPG compared to just 25 combined MPG in the Jeep Cherokee. What's more, the new Subaru Forester holds a slight power advantage from its flat BOXER® engine. When you take it for a test drive, we think you'll agree that no other small SUV handles as well as the latest Subaru Forester.


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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Safety

Safety is one of the most important aspects of choosing a new small SUV, and the new 2019 Subaru Forester is a great example of how the engineers make safety a top priority. For well over a decade, the Subaru Forester has earned the prestigious IIHS Top Safety Pick. This is a level of independently proven safety that the Jeep Cherokee simply can't compete with. Further independent safety testing by the NHTSA shows similar results with the 2019 Subaru earning the top 5-star overall safety rating compared to just a 4-star overall safety rating given to the 2019 Jeep Cherokee.


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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Driver Assist

Today, advanced technology has brought us driver assist safety features like pre-collision braking, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. These are among the features that you'll find standard in every new 2019 Subaru Forester, which all come equipped with EyeSight® technology. The more expensive Jeep Cherokee doesn't come standard with any of this advanced safety. Similar features are available, but you'll have to again look at the top of the lineup and pay for one of the highest trim levels. Even then, this level of driver assistance is still found in additional upgrades for these top-of-the-line Jeep Cherokee models. Clearly, Subaru is the safer bet for Bay Area roads.

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Why Get a New Subaru in Redwood City, CA?

Over recent years, Subaru has entered the mainstream in a big way while continuing to earn a wide range of industry awards. Year after year the ALG recognizes Subaru as the brand that holds its value over time better than any other. The experts at Kelley Blue Book have again determined that Subaru still has the lowest five-year Cost to Own of all brands for 2019, and the American Customer Satisfaction Index has rated Subaru #1 in Owner Satisfaction. These are just a preview of the many awards and accolades earned by Subaru vehicles, and we're proud to be among the elite dealerships that earned the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award.