2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Subaru Forester
2017 Jeep Cherokee 2017 Subaru Forester
Maximum Towing Capacity
  2,000 lbs. 1,500 lbs.
Parking Assistance
  Optional N/A
Rear Leg Room
  40.3 inches 38.0 inches

2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Subaru Forester

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The 2017 Jeep Cherokee is a versatile SUV that's optimized for off-road drives. The 2017 Subaru Forester is a crossover SUV that also has a reliable design. Equipped with the Jeep Active Drive technology and Selec-Terrain Traction Control System, the Cherokee delivers unrivaled performance on rough landscapes. Available with the Tigershark engine or Pentastar engine, the Cherokee also offers more powerful performance than the Forester. The Trail Rated badge is a testament to this Jeep's durable and versatile design for adventure seekers.


The first powertrain option in the 2017 Jeep Cherokee is the 2.4 L Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine, which is rated at 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Capable of producing 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, the 2.5 L BOXER engine is standard in the Subaru Forester models that have the 2.5 label. You can also equip the Jeep Cherokee with the 3.2 L Pentastar V6 engine, which is capable of generating a maximum of 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. This six-cylinder engine gives the Cherokee enough strength to tow 4,500 pounds. The Subaru Forester 2.0 L turbocharged BOXER engine is only capable of delivering 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Cherokee's nine-speed automatic transmission system offers better handling than the six-speed manual transmission system that's installed in some Forester models.

Off-Road Capabilities

The Jeep Active Drive I is a sophisticated 4x4 drive system that gives the Cherokee superb off-road attributes. This patented 4WD automatically engages or disengages the rear axles in order to deliver optimum traction. Featuring the 4WD Low Mode, the Jeep Active Drive II generates good traction at slow speeds. Both of these patented drivetrains are synced with the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System, which comes with four settings. For example, the SNOW and SAND/MUD modes could be selected to handle extreme conditions. Standard in the Cherokee Trailhawk, the Active Drive Lock 4x4 system comes with a mechanical rear axle and the ROCK mode. Although the Subaru Forester's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive offers reliable traction, it doesn't deliver class-leading performance for off-road adventures. Available with a crawl ratio of 56:1, the Jeep Cherokee is unlikely to get stuck as it slowly drives over rough surfaces.


The Jeep Cherokee comes with a suspension system that can be raised or lowered by up to one inch. This dynamic installation reduces damage to the vehicle's wheels and axles in rough conditions. The Subaru Forester has a ground clearance that's fixed at 8.7 inches. The Cherokee also has trapezoidal wheel arches that prevent excessive accumulation of mud and debris. With aggressive approach and departure angles, this Jeep can easily pull off difficult maneuvers on uneven terrains. Two front tow hooks and a single rear tow hook highlight the versatile design of this SUV. Front active grille shutters improve the Cherokee's aerodynamic performance and reduce the intake of unclean air into the powertrain. With a frame that's composed of high-strength steel, the Cherokee can withstand harsh conditions. Equipped with the Trail Rated badge, the Cherokee Trailhawk lives up to the highest standards of Jeep's rich heritage in designing durable SUVs.

Call our dealership to arrange a test drive in the 2017 Jeep Cherokee. We also encourage you to compare this premium Jeep SUV with the 2017 Subaru Forester.

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