2019 Jeep Cherokee

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2019 Honda CR-V


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Features & Specs

2019 Jeep Cherokee

2019 Honda CR-V

Powertrain

2.4L inline-4 cylinder

2.4L inline-4 cylinder

Transmission

9-speed automatic

CVT automatic

Drivetrain

FWD / AWD

FWD / AWD

Passenger Volume

125 cu.ft

105 cu.ft

Maximum Towing

4,500 lbs

1,500 lbs

2019 Jeep Cherokee vs 2019 Honda CR-V near Glen Allen, VA

More and more, people are seeing advantage in buying a compact SUV instead of a sedan as a reliable lifestyle vehicle.  From the heightened handling and power of available all-wheel drive to the improved cargo capacity and passenger comfort, SUVs have been gaining popularity in recent years.  Two of the most popular models in North America in the current market are the Jeep Cherokee and the Honda CR-V.  Which better suits your lifestyle and power needs?  We're here to compare these compact SUVs to help your shopping and research!

2019 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

Jeep has cornered the market in being the go-to pick for adventurous capability and performance thanks to its legendary four-wheel drive systems and powerful engine picks.  The 2019 Cherokee offers three among its trims.  The base Tigershark 2.4-liter four-cylinder comes in all front-wheel drive SUVs and provides you with a responsive 180 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.  This is great for around-town cruising and for those who want a sporty performance around corners and on the highway.  The nine-speed automatic transmission standard throughout the Cherokee line is smooth and accelerates well, providing you with quality low- and high-gear torque performance no matter the drivetrain.  Right off the bat, the Tigershark is capable of towing up to 2,000 pounds.  Available in FWD vehicles and standard in most AWD cars, the Pentastar 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine is the next level up.  This is for the weekend warriors who pick the roads less traveled, generating 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque.  When properly equipped with Jeep's towing accessories, the Pentastar has a 4,500-pound maximum.  Four-wheel drive vehicles come either in part- or full-time configurations thanks to a rear axle disconnect, running efficiently as a FWD SUV up until you need the extra AWD power. 2019 has introduced the purely optional 2.0-liter Turbo four-cylinder engine that gives the best of both worlds.  While it won't venture off-road as far as the Pentastar, it's still capable of towing up to 4,000 pounds with its 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, delivering the same efficiency numbers as the Tigershark with 23/31 mpg. 

2019 Honda CR-V Power & Handling

Staying in the city but providing you with a well endowed cargo space and on-road handling, the 2019 Honda CR-V offers two engines tied to its trim types.  Both are offered in either standard front- or available all-wheel drive, and they come paired to a CVT automatic transmission with a performance Sport mode for added responsiveness.  The first engine is a similar 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.  The lighter build of the Honda lends to a little better 184 hp, 180 lb-ft of torque output, and 26/32 mpg.  It cuts back in capability, however, making the CR-V less competent on harsher terrain compared to the Cherokee, and only granting this and the next engine a maximum tow capacity of 1,500 pounds.  The second engine is 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.  This powertrain generates 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, purely giving you a higher sport performance on the road.  This engine supplies a higher efficiency, providing a max 28/34 mpg.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

Updated last year, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee offer simple but classy luxury evocative of its bigger counterpart, the luxury Grand Cherokee.  More soft-touch materials, a smoother dash design, and more storage room throughout the vehicle has elevated the cohesion and ease-of-use of the Cherokee.  You have access to either a seven or 8.4 inch touchscreen Uconnect interface above the standard dual-zone automatic temperature controls, providing you with a well designed media center that controls wireless smartphone integration, Bluetooth calls, and mp3 streaming through either the auxiliary or USB jacks.  A nice touch of security that goes hand in hand with this system is the rearview camera accompanied by standard rear cross-path automatic stop and blind-spot monitoring for surrounding awareness of what's around your vehicle.  Front and rear passengers have plenty of room--forty inches of legroom each--with comfortable reclining for everyone.  The 60/40 rear seat folds flat for a maximum of 55 cubic feet of storage from the 25 cubic feet that comes standard in the trunk.  If this isn't enough, the Cherokee comes with standard roof rails that can yield up to 150 pounds.  You've got available access to a dual-pane power sunroof for that Jeep open-air feel, and upholstery can be upgraded to leather from the standard water resistant quality cloth.  Anyone who wants to test the limits of the Cherokee should opt for a Trailhawk, equipped with off-roading specialized upgraded suspension, electronic differentials, better Selec-Terrain Traction Management System, four skid plates, and available rock rails.

2019 Honda CR-V Features & Design

The Honda was redesigned a year prior in 2017, bringing a comprehensive upgrade of most of its systems into the modern era.  The 2019 CR-V has comparable comfort in its passenger space, also with forty inches of legroom both front and back.  Much of its interior roominess goes to its cargo space, though, giving you a 40 cubic foot trunk.  Again, the rear row is 60/40 split and folds flat to give you up to 75 cubic feet of cargo capacity.  Roof rails aren't provided until the top tier trim, so any additional cargo or larger items will have to be fanagled into the front passenger's space or otherwise taken in two trips.  It offers you a five or seven inch touch display that comes with Bluetooth and MP3 links, but wireless smartphone integration isn't provided until the second trim model.  While climate control is automatic, it's single zone throughout the cabin space unless, again, you move up in trim, and while it comes with a rearview camera, the driver assist features aren't provided in the base trim either.  Besides that, higher trims similarly offer leather upholstery and a single-pane power sunroof.

Conclusions

ConclusionIf you simply want an SUV for its utilitarian appeal driving around town, then the Honda offers you a basic package of large cargo space and nice fuel efficiency to fit the bill.  But, if you want to go above and beyond to truly get something special both in terms of features, technology, and advanced performance, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee has the power to meet and exceed expectations.  All terrain performance in a great Jeep is a one of a kind experience you can't get in any other vehicle, and thanks to its recent redesign, the Cherokee now compares admirably to modern luxury SUVs.  If the larger space of the CR-V really appeals, it might be worth looking at the Cherokee's larger sibling, the Grand Cherokee.  If you want a sportier performance, then the Compass, a smaller SUV similarly inspired by the Grand Cherokee, might be the car for you!  We have all three vehicle reviews below so you can further peruse the advanced features and systems that go into making Jeep SUVs truly something great.

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