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Jeep Cherokee vs. Honda CR-V: Who Will Win?

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Time to put two of the most popular compact SUVs to the test. The Jeep Cherokee and Honda CR-V go head to head.

About the Jeep Cherokee

The Cherokee has been in production since 1974 and has seen several iterations since then. Originally sold as a reintroduction of the Jeep Wagoneer, the Jeep Cherokee appealed to a younger market and has become one of Jeep’s most well-known models. Jeep began production of the Cherokee’s second generation in 2014 and six years later, Jeep is continuing to innovate within the second-generation design.

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee

2020 Jeep Cherokee - jeep.com

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  • Starting Price: $25,740
  • Drivetrain: FWD or 4WD
  • Fuel Efficiency: 23 MPG Combined
  • Horsepower: 271hp @ 6500 RPM or 180hp @ 6400 RPM
  • Engine Options: V6 or Inline 4
  • Cargo Capacity: 59.4 cubic feet

For more power and off-road capabilities, you can’t go wrong with the Jeep Cherokee. With more power and 4×4, the Cherokee can get you where you need to go. The ride and handling of the Cherokee is a little more fun than the CR-V, but that’s not truly news to anyone as it’s related to the Wrangler. The Cherokee does lack decent cargo space though, which can be a deal-breaker for those who want more room to carry gear when heading off on a road trip. Another point for the Cherokee goes to its towing capacity, sitting at 2,000 lbs., just 500 lbs. more than the CR-V.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features - jeep.com
2020 Jeep Cherokee Features - jeep.com

Optional Features:

  • Blindspot Monitoring System
  • Driver Assisted Parking
  • Premium Alpine Speaker Setup
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Heated Mirrors

Pros:

😊 4WD is an option

😊 More horsepower

😊 Off-road capabilities & customization

😊 Fun to drive

Cons:

🙁 Not great fuel efficiency

🙁 Lacks in cargo capacity

About the Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has been in the U.S. since 1997. Built on the Civic platform with an SUV body style, Honda considers it a “Compact Recreational Vehicle.” Today, the CR-V is one of the best-selling compact SUVs on the market. Let’s look inside and see why.

The 2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Honda CR-V - automobiles.honda.com

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  • Starting Price: $25,050
  • Drivetrain: FWD or AWD
  • Fuel Efficiency: 29 MPG Combined
  • Horsepower: 190 hp @ 5600 RPM
  • Engine Options: Inline 4
  • Cargo Capacity: 75.8 cubic feet

The Honda CR-V is a car that everyone loves because it offers just enough for a great price. The inside is roomy and offers enough space for families to stretch out without bumping elbows. As Honda evolves the CR-V over time, they continue to make the interior look and feel more luxurious which is a plus for those who want comfort over off-road capabilities. With better gas mileage and a lower base price, the CR-V is a no-brainer for city slickers who spend most of their time on pavement.

2020 Honda CR-V Features - automobiles.honda.com
2020 Honda CR-V Features - automobiles.honda.com

Optional Features:

  • Multi-Level Heated Driver and Passenger Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Subwoofer and 9 Speakers
  • Pre and Post Collision Safety Systems
  • Blindspot and Lane Departure Warning Systems

Pros:

😊 Better gas mileage

😊 Lots of room for groceries, gear, and family

😊 Higher quality comfort & luxury

Cons:

🙁 Could use a little more power

🙁 Not an exciting drive

Which Compact SUV Wins?

2020 Jeep Cherokee VS 2020 Honda CR-V
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When comparing the Jeep Cherokee and Honda CR-V, look at your interests first. Do you prefer heading into the wilderness, or do you spend most of your days in town running errands or commuting to work? Answering that question will point you in the right direction. For more adventure and fun outside of the city, the Jeep Cherokee is your best option. If you’re a family of four and spend most of your days hopping from the office to school to soccer games, the CR-V has everything you need to pack up the family, gear, and snacks in one place.

Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!

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Erin Maxson

Erin loves nothing more than a good road trip. To her, getting behind the wheel is one of the biggest adventures you can take because it can lead to anywhere. Alongside her Toyota Tundra, you'll find her co-pilot pup, Rory, and a 1976 Airstream Argosy in tow. Her motto: Life is a scenic road, take your time and enjoy the ride.

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