Comparing the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and 2020 Honda CR-V 

Comparing the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and the 2020 Honda CR-V may seem a little strange, as the CR-V is generally more popular. Still, the Cherokee offers a significantly more extensive range of options, packages, and advantages that make it an affordable luxurious powerhouse in the overcrowded world of compact SUVs. We've broken down the comparison into three categories: Safety, Performance, and Ownership Experience.

Safety for You and Your Family

While both vehicles offer standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability, and crash mitigating brakes, the Cherokee offers a few new and exciting safety measures to further protect you and your family. The new 2020 Jeep Cherokee has a new feature called Active Head Restraints that protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash during a rear-end collision. Additionally, the Cherokee offers an optional Parksense system with Rear Stop, using sensors to monitor and automatically apply brakes to prevent rear collisions. The Cherokee also beats the CR-V in braking, stopping a full 10 feet earlier when going from 70mph to 0. What makes this possible is the Jeep's larger brake drums, letting the SUV stop sooner, keeping you and your family safer.

Let's Talk About Performance and Horsepower

The Cherokee excels at accelerating over the CR-V, with a full two seconds faster on the 0-60mph test. You can choose from three different engine types in the Jeep Cherokee to fit your needs and lifestyle. The vehicle is perfect for both taking the kids to practice and towing your boat on the weekend. All engines come standard with Engine Stop/Start technology (ESS) that cuts fuel flow to the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. This shuts off the engine and preserves fuel. As soon as you take your foot off the brake, the engine with restart and the nine-speed automatic transmission reengages. The following options are available for your new Jeep Cherokee:

  • 2.4L Inline 4 - standard, better fuel economy, low-impact
  • 3.2L V6 with Variable Valve Timing - better torque for towing and powering through rough terrain and snow
  • 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4 with Dual Overhead Cams - fuel-efficiency meets power with higher performance and driver comfort in mind.

Currently, the CR-V only has two options for engines, a 2.4L Dual Overhead Cam Inline 4 or a 1.5L Turbo, both making low-end power with minimal throttle response. No matter how you enjoy driving, there's an engine and performance package that will meet your style. This adds a new level of personal touch to your vehicle.

The Overall Ownership Experience

The final section covers what it's like to actually own the vehicle and drive it daily. Many tests cover performance metrics but fail to talk about how the vehicle can help you through your day. We spend a lot of time in our cars, why wouldn't you want yours to be comfortable and convenient? Take, for example - the Cherokee's sliding middle row of seats adjust for adult passengers or additional cargo space.

Both vehicles come with a two-year warranty. These services need to be completed at a local certified dealer. You might be surprised to learn that there are over two times as many Jeep dealers as Honda dealers, making it easier for you to bring your Cherokee in for service under warranty.

As far as batteries go, the Cherokee boasts a standard 700-amp battery, making it easier to start in cold conditions and helps power accessories. Meanwhile, the CR-V only has a 410-amp battery and may not start in freezing NJ temperatures.

In addition to the Electronic Start/Stop technology, the Cherokee also has a larger fuel tank, carrying 1.9 gallons more than the CR-V, letting you go further without having to stop to refill.

There are plenty of other additional options for your new Cherokee to make it your own. If you want better traction, some packages provide larger tires with a lower profile, giving you a better ride, stiffer handling, and more efficient brake cooling. If you truly love taking your vehicle off-road, the Jeep Trailhawk is a perfect example. With eight different models to choose from, it's hard to recommend any compact SUV other than the 2020 Jeep Cherokee.

Finally, we wouldn't have a review about a Jeep without talking about its off-road capabilities. Where other compact SUVs fail to perform, the Cherokee is designed to handle dirt, mud, and snow through any season. With dial-in traction controls and plenty of torque to get you out of a tight spot, if you plan on doing any type of off-road driving, the clear choice is a Jeep. Whether you plan on hitting the trails or just want to drive out on the beach during vacation, the Jeep Cherokee streamlines the entire process, letting you go further while your competition gets stuck in the sand.


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