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Jeep Cherokee vs. Jeep Wrangler

When comparing the Jeep Cherokee to the Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Cherokee has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. The Jeep Wrangler has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Jeep Cherokee versus the Jeep Wrangler, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Jeep Cherokee versus Jeep Wrangler Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Jeep Cherokee ranges from $23,145 to $34,670 while a used Jeep Wrangler from the same model year range is priced between $33,781 to $49,942. For a new model, the Jeep Cherokee's price is between $28,112 and $41,074, with the Jeep Wrangler priced between $34,717 and $52,978.

Jeep Cherokee versus Jeep Wrangler Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Jeep Cherokee is 7.8 out of 10 while the Jeep Wrangler's quality rating is 9.2 out of 10. This results in the Jeep Cherokee being ranked 14 out of 24 Best Small SUVs and the Jeep Wrangler being ranked 1 out of 24.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Jeep Cherokee’s base engine makes 180 horsepower, and the Jeep Wrangler base engine makes 285 horsepower. The Cherokee is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 493 miles. The Wrangler is rated to deliver an average of 20 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 438 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Jeep Wrangler, a compact SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Jeep Cherokee, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room and rear leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Jeep Cherokee has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity, while the Jeep Wrangler has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance.

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2022 Jeep Cherokee

2023 Jeep Wrangler

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,112 - $41,074

Used Asking Price:

$23,145 - $34,670

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

41.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$34,717 - $52,978

Used Asking Price:

$33,781 - $49,942

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

8.9%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.8 / 10

Reliability:

7.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.8 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

9.2 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

9.8 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

9 / 24
14 / 24
16 / 24
19 / 61
27 / 61
32 / 61
46 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 24
1 / 24
20 / 24

Summary Review

The Jeep Cherokee has come a long way since its introduction in 1974. The current generation, introduced in 2014, was given an exterior update in 2019, along with some added engine options. The Cherokee is best known for its fuel economy, off-road capability, and family friendly design. New models cost an average of $32,172 and 3-year-old models average $22,989.

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Summary Review

The Jeep Wrangler is a compact SUV with off-road prowess few vehicles can match. The current Wrangler was redesigned for the 2018 model year, with new models costing an average of $41,959 and 3-year-old models averaging $34,489.

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Pros and Cons

  • Suspension capable for both on-road and off-road use
  • Excellent infotainment touchscreen and user interface
  • Smart interior design and comfort

  • Base engines feel underpowered
  • Wind and road noise at highway speeds
  • Cargo capacity is limited compared to rivals

Pros and Cons

  • Exceptional off-road capability
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Powerful engine options

  • Pricing climbs quickly with higher trims and options
  • Fuel economy isn’t great
  • Lots of road and wind noise

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Trailhawk, Altitude, Limited, X, Latitude Lux

Trim Levels

Freedom, Willys Sport, Rubicon, Willys, Sport, Sport S

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

171 foot-lbs @ 4600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.050 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

285 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

260 foot-lbs @ 4800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.072 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

22 / 31 / 25

Range (city/hwy):

350 / 493 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.6 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

17 / 25 / 20

Range (city/hwy):

298 / 438 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Standard

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

40.3 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.1 inches

Cargo Space:

25.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

54.7 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

128.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

42.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

41.7 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.7 inches

Cargo Space:

31.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

72.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

150.4 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3590 lbs

Width:

73.2 inches

Height:

65.7 inches

Length:

183.1 inches

Wheelbase:

106.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3948 lbs

Width:

73.9 inches

Height:

73.6 inches

Length:

166.8 inches

Wheelbase:

96.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

9.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P225/60R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted steel

Tire Size:

P245/75R17