2019 Jeep Cherokee vs. Subaru Outback

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Performance and Exterior

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee exterior has an elegant new look. Equipped with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 180 horsepower and 171 pounds per foot of torque, the Jeep Cherokee has the reliability and craftsmanship of the reputed Jeep Brand. A customer may opt for a 2.0-liter turbo, giving 270 horsepower and 295 pounds per foot of torque or a 3.2-liter V6 that gives 271 horsepower and 239 pounds per foot of torque. Available with all models is a nine-speed automatic transmission. Another choice is between a front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, except in the Trailhawk, which has standard all-wheel drive only. Rough surfaces appear smooth due to its absorbent suspension.

The Subaru Outback is powered by a 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder engine, producing 175 horsepower or a 3.6-liter flat-six with 256 horsepower. It has only all-wheel-drive system and a variable automatic transmission.

Thus, the power generated by Jeep Cherokee is greater, resulting in better performance when it matters. Hence, the best choice for a small SUV is obviously the Cherokee, thanks to its superior off-road and towing power.

Trim Levels

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a crossover SUV that comes in five main trim levels: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Trailhawk, and the Overland. The Latitude is the base trim and the Overland has the best amenities.

The 2019 Subaru Outback is a five-passenger wagon that is offered in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 3.6R Limited, and 3.6R Touring.

Interior and Styling

The Cherokee interior is spacious and well built; hence climbing in and out is really easy. The self-explanatory controls and the rearview camera add to the convenience. The upgraded interior of the Jeep Cherokee offers a storage bin for phones in the center console, user-friendly 8.4-inch touchscreen, 17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, height-adjustable front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seatback, Bluetooth, automatic xenon headlights, a folding front passenger seat with a storage compartment inside the seat cushion, a rearview camera, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. Android Auto support and Apple CarPlay integration are available in all models of the Cherokee.

Keyless ignition and entry are available in the Latitude Plus trim, with additional leather inserts in the upholstery, a driver's seat that is power-adjustable, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Passive keyless entry with push-button starting, satellite radio, and two extra USB ports are standard.

The Subaru Outback interior also has good materials and textures, touchscreens and phone compatibility with Apple CarPlay. However, passengers in the rear seats will find more room to stretch out in the Cherokee than in the Subaru Outback. In addition, the Outback cannot be driven in a sporty manner due to its ground rolling and pitching during cornering and braking.

Technology and Features

On the technology front, the Jeep Cherokee clearly outclasses the Subaru Outback. The Trailhawk variant of the Cherokee has more advanced Active Drive II AWD system. The Comfort and Convenience package offered with the Latitude Plus has superior features like dual-zone climate control, an auxiliary household power outlet, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power liftgate, a universal garage door opener, and a remote start.

The amazing features of the Overland trim include 18-inch wheels, sound-proof windshield and front windows, unique body-colored exterior trim, cornering lights, wood steering-wheel inserts, driver-seat memory functions, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, sliding rear seat, a nine-speaker audio system, a navigation system and HD radio.

Lower trim levels have standard features like nine-speaker stereo and sunroof. A customer may opt for the more advanced packages, like the Active Drive II AWD system from the Trailhawk, on the lower trims. The other optional features include a trailer wiring harness for both four-pin and seven-pin systems, a stand-alone transmission cooler, Class III hitch, and a full-size spare. Additional engine cooling is available on V6-equipped models.

The Technology group package provided by the Jeep is meant for the passengers' safety. It has incorporated auto high-beam headlights, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, traffic-adaptive cruise control, automatic wipers, lane departure warning, and an automatic parking system that works on both parallel and perpendicular spots. It is available on the Trailhawk and Overland trims.

The Subaru Outback base model has necessary features like Bluetooth and roof rails. Higher trims offer satellite radio, heated seats, and leather, hill descent control, rearview camera, a 60/40 folding rear seat, 6.5-inch touchscreen interface, smartphone integration, EyeSight driver assist functionality, power liftgate, and front collision warning.

Driving and Comfort

The Jeep's V6 engine gives smooth power and the turbo 2.0 liter is efficient too. The Trailhawk trim has the best off-road capability. If passengers wish to go for all-day long drives, the Cherokee with its front seats offering support and accommodating rear seats make it really comfortable. The Cherokee is an all-weather ready vehicle that can be maneuvered in ice, slush, and heavy snowfall. The vehicles are equipped with a Traction Management System with Snow Mode to reduce slippage and increase stability. Drivers particularly like the Jeep's Uconnect system because of its large and easy to read graphics. The towing capacity of 4,500-pounds is also better than most of its competitors. Extra space is available in the door pockets for keeping a small water bottle and phone.

The handling capabilities of the Subaru are modest. The gas pedal is a bit sensitive at lower speeds. The acceleration may not be as desired with the four-cylinder engine.

Cost and Economy

Another factor to consider is the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), which is less in the case of Jeep Cherokee. Jeep models are also fuel efficient, with an average of 22 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.

The base warranty on both the new Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Outback is almost the same.

Overall, the best choice for a small SUV that can easily go off road is the Trailhawk trim of the Jeep Cherokee. The Limited trim comes with more options for the price. Experts recommend the 2.0-liter turbo engine for greater fuel efficiency and towing capacity. On almost all counts, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a better buy than the outdated Subaru Outback.

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