Compare the new 2019 Subaru Forester vs Jeep Cherokee models in Olympia, WA

Subaru, with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive on all its SUV models, is one of the fastest-growing auto makers in the industry. However, Jeep has long sought to define rugged capability. When shopping for your next new small SUV, it helps to have the facts behind what you're getting for your money. That's exactly what you'll find in the following Subaru Forester vs Jeep Cherokee comparison. While the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee starts out with a slightly higher price tag, you may be surprised by how much more value comes with the more affordable Subaru Forester.

Once you have a better idea of all that a new Subaru Forester has to offer, come experience it firsthand during a test drive with us at Hanson Subaru. You'll find our family owned and operated dealership at 2300 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia, WA 98502 near Lacey and Tumwater, WA.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Interior Dimensions

The added room for passengers and cargo is a big reason that the small SUV segment has become so popular, and the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester delivers in a big way. Five passengers will have up to 111.9 cubic feet in which to enjoy the ride while a generous 35.4 cubic feet of cargo room is ready for luggage behind the rear seat. Jeep hasn't released a comparable passenger volume for the Cherokee, but you'll only find 24.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. Fold the rear seats down in each SUV, and the Subaru Forester again holds a substantial advantage with up to 76.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo space compared to just 54.9 cubic feet in the Jeep Cherokee.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Technology

It's hard to find a new SUV today without a standard touchscreen infotainment system, and you'll find similar sized touchscreens in the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Jeep Cherokee. However, it's only in the more affordable Subaru Forester that you'll also find standard satellite radio with trial subscription and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability. You can spend more to upgrade the Jeep Cherokee with satellite radio, but you won't find internet access in any model. Perhaps the most surprising difference we found is that steering-wheel audio controls are also an available upgrade on the Jeep Cherokee while they're standard on the Subaru Forester.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Performance

The performance differences between the Subaru Forester and the Jeep Cherokee are far more noticeable from behind the wheel than what the spec sheets suggest. Both small SUVs offer similar power at the start of the lineup with the new Subaru Forester holding a slight advantage. While they may have the same power, it will take substantially more fuel to get the power out of the Jeep Cherokee.

While the better fuel economy is nice in the Subaru Forester, it's the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and flat BOXER® engine that truly set it apart from the more expensive Jeep Cherokee. While Jeep models are often known for their 4x4 prowess, the Cherokee comes standard as a front-wheel drive SUV. Upgrading to four-wheel drive is a costly addition. Whether it's slick roads or the off-road trail to your favorite camping spot, you'll be glad you went with the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Safety

From distracted cell phone drivers to the overcrowding of our roadways, nothing is more important than the safety of your next new small SUV. Even we were surprised to see the difference in safety between the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester and 2019 Jeep Cherokee. The independent experts at the IIHS deemed the new Subaru Forester worthy of their 2019 Top Safety Pick award. The new Jeep Cherokee didn't earn this, or any other, IIHS award.

Perhaps most striking is that the new Jeep Cherokee has had an astonishing 118 official complaints levied against it through the US Department of Transportation. At the time of writing this, the latest Subaru Forester is only showing a single complaint.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Driver Assist Technology

We're excited to report that every new 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with the advanced EyeSight® driver assist technology. This system includes features like automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and more. To get similar features on the new Jeep Cherokee, you'll be looking at the top of the lineup with a price tag around $30,000 or higher. That means a level of safety and value in any new Subaru Forester that the Jeep Cherokee simply can't compete with.

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Why Choose Subaru for Your Next Vehicle for Getting Around the Portland Area?

While Subaru is crushing records as one of the fastest-growing names in the industry, it helps to look at some of the reasons behind this success. For starters, the experts at ALG continue to recognize Subaru as the car brand that best holds its value over time. Kelley Blue Book recently recognized Subaru as their Most Trusted Brand for the fourth year in a row. Not even the likes of Toyota or Honda can compete with that! What's more, Subaru models are among the safest ever made, and many of them are built in the nation's first zero-landfill automotive manufacturing plant in Indiana. We're proud to represent all things Subaru, and we'd love the chance to tell you more at Hanson Subaru just west of Hawks Prairie north of Tenino, WA.