2019 Subaru Forester VS Jeep Cherokee compact SUV Comparison in Columbus, OH

The Subaru Forester was already known as a capable small SUV with all-wheel drive. Now, it's been completely redesigned for 2019, and it offers more than ever before! Though it has a starting MSRP that's lower than that of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, it also gives you much more for your money. You'll find that the Subaru Forester has more space, better off-road capability, and more. This article provides some of the key differences between these two small SUVs. Once you have an idea of all that the Subaru Forester offers, head to Byers Airport Subaru for a test drive.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Jeep Cherokee Interior Styling

Subaru Forester vs Jeep Cherokee: Interior

With 103.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, the interior of the Jeep Cherokee may seem spacious. That is, until you step into the Subaru Forester, which has 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume! Greater headroom, legroom, and shoulder room on both rows of seating means that you and your passengers will be able to stretch out and enjoy the ride.

In the same way, the Subaru Forester has more room for bringing all your gear along. Its 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space is much greater than the 24.6 cubic feet in the Jeep Cherokee. Fold down the rear seats in each and you'll get up to 76.1 cubic feet in the Subaru Forester and up to 59.4 cubic feet in the Jeep Cherokee. And since the Subaru Forester costs less, you get more space for less money.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Jeep Cherokee Technology Features

Subaru Forester vs Jeep Cherokee: Tech Features

The Subaru Forester and the Jeep Cherokee are both equipped with impressive standard tech features, including Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto. However, the Subaru Forester is proud to introduce the new DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System, a new feature with no equivalent on the Jeep Cherokee. DriverFocus™ keeps watch on your driving; if you seem to be drowsy or distracted, it will alert you. It can recognize up to five different drivers and save preferred settings, as well!

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Compare 2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Jeep Cherokee Driving Performance

Subaru Forester vs Jeep Cherokee: Performance

Jeep may have the rugged off-road reputation, but Subaru pulls ahead. Every Subaru Forester comes with the rugged performance of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and most also come with Hill Descent Control and X-Mode® (which optimizes various systems to provide the best traction, even on low-friction surfaces). The Jeep Cherokee does have 4-wheel drive . . . but it's only available as an expensive upgrade. What's more, the Jeep Cherokee lacks the BOXER® engine that you'll find in the Subaru Forester. This engine makes Subaru vehicles amazingly well-balanced and enjoyable to drive.

Compare 2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Jeep Cherokee Safety Ratings

Subaru Forester vs Jeep Cherokee: Safety

In addition to giving the Subaru Forester its impressive off-road prowess, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive also makes it impressively safe. Even when the roads are wet or snowy, you'll get the extra traction that comes from AWD. Driving in the dark is safer, as well, thanks to the available LED Steering Responsive Headlights. These turn with your vehicle so you can better see as you take corners at night--and they're unavailable on the Jeep Cherokee.

In addition to having extra safety features, the Subaru Forester also received better safety ratings than the Jeep Cherokee. The 2019 Subaru Forester earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the prestigious 2019 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. By comparison, the Jeep Cherokee received a four-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and didn't receive any IIHS awards.

Compare 2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Jeep Cherokee Driver Assistance Technologies

Subaru Forester vs Jeep Cherokee: Driver Assist Technology

Going off-road is lots of fun--but when you do have to drive on the roads, driver assist technology goes a long way towards keeping you safe. That's why every 2019 Subaru Forester, from the entry-level trim all the way to the top-of-the-line model, comes with Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. Combining Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-collision Braking System, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist features, this system has been shown to reduce rear-end collisions with injuries by up to 85%. You'll find similar features on the Jeep Cherokee, but only as available upgrades that will cost even more.

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Choose Byers Airport Subaru for Your Automotive Needs

Subaru is a company that's known for its dedication. Dedication to longevity means that 97% of Subaru models sold within the past decade are still on the road today. Dedication to safety and capability means that most Subaru models come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and have standard or available Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. Dedication to smooth, powerful performance means that every Subaru model comes with a BOXER® engine. And dedication to our communities and the earth set Subaru apart as a manufacturer that cares.

We carry that same level of dedication at Byers Airport Subaru. Sure, we have a great selection of new Subaru cars and SUVs, but it's our dedication to our customers and our community that have made us last this long. We look forward to showing you the difference that dedication makes at Byers Airport Subaru. Check out our new Subaru discounts or just stop by for a test drive! We look forward to seeing you at 401 North Hamilton Road, Columbus, OH 43213.