Compare the Jeep Cherokee and Toyota RAV4 near Harrisburg and Carlisle

The Jeep brand has a long-standing reputation for producing versatile and highly capable vehicles. The name has become synonymous with adventure and trail-going fun. But you don't have to leave the road to enjoy the Jeep experience, and the Jeep Cherokee is an excellent example. Capable and well-rounded, Cherokee embodies versatility. As one of the most popular nameplates in its segment, it naturally draws comparisons to other class models like the Toyota RAV4, a crossover that certainly has a few admirable strengths. However, despite the RAV4's recent full redesign, going head-to-head with Cherokee reveals some notable weaknesses.

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Jeep Cherokee vs. RAV4: Comfort

Cherokee provides a pleasant driving experience, with a comfortable, versatile cabin and compliant suspension to smooth road imperfections. Plus, Cherokee's rear seats are impressively spacious, with 49.9 inches of hip room and 40.3 inches of legroom. The RAV4's interior is pretty good, but some Mechanicsburg shoppers may find the front-passenger seat lacking in comfort and adjustability. Additionally, the second-row feels more confining, with 47.7 inches of hip room and 37.8 inches of legroom.

Jeep Cherokee vs. Toyota RAV4 Performance

Along with a renowned off-road pedigree, the Jeep Cherokee boasts impressive performance on the road as well. It delivers engaging driving dynamics with precise, nicely weighted steering and balanced handling. Cherokee also offers multiple potent engine options to complement its sporty nature. In addition to the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder (180 horsepower, 171 pound-feet of torque), Newport drivers can select the optional 3.2-liter V-6, (271 horsepower, 239 pound-feet of torque) or the available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (270 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque). Properly equipped, Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

Looking for maximum off-road capability? Cherokee Trailhawk equips the Active Drive II AWD with Active Drive Lock, all-terrain tires, increased ground clearance, off-road-tuned suspension, a locking rear differential, skid plates, tow hooks, and hill ascent/descent control.

Conversely, the RAV4 suffers from vague steering and uninspired handling. Plus, it only offers one 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and the TRD Off-Road trim can't match the Trailhawk's capabilities. Lastly, RAV4's towing capability maxes out at 3,500 pounds.

Test Drive the Jeep Cherokee at Forrer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Duncannon.

For more information about the Jeep Cherokee, its features, and available finance offers, contact Forrer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Ready for a closer look? We invite you to visit us for a test drive and see for yourself what sets Cherokee apart from the competition.

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