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Jeep Cherokee vs. Subaru Outback

When comparing the Jeep Cherokee to the Subaru Outback, the Jeep Cherokee has the advantage in the area of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Subaru Outback has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, fuel efficiency, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Jeep Cherokee versus the Subaru Outback, the Subaru Outback is a better car than the Jeep Cherokee.

Jeep Cherokee versus Subaru Outback Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Jeep Cherokee ranges from $19,993 to $31,610 while a used Subaru Outback from the same model year range is priced between $23,499 to $34,488. For a new model, the Jeep Cherokee's price is between $34,791 and $44,524, with the Subaru Outback priced between $32,795 and $44,141.

Jeep Cherokee versus Subaru Outback Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Jeep Cherokee is 7.8 out of 10 while the Subaru Outback's quality rating is 8.8 out of 10. This results in the Jeep Cherokee being ranked 14 out of 24 Best Small SUVs and the Subaru Outback being ranked 2 out of 24. Out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs, the Jeep Cherokee is ranked 61 and the Subaru Outback is ranked 2.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Jeep Cherokee’s base engine makes 180 horsepower, and the Subaru Outback base engine makes 182 horsepower. The Cherokee is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 493 miles. The Outback is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 592 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the Subaru Outback has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Jeep Cherokee has the advantage in the area of rear leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Jeep Cherokee has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity than the Subaru Outback.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Subaru Outback has higher safety ratings than the Jeep Cherokee, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Subaru Outback has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2022 Jeep Cherokee

2023 Subaru Outback

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$34,791 - $44,524

Used Asking Price:

$19,993 - $31,610

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

41.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$32,795 - $44,141

Used Asking Price:

$23,499 - $34,488

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.5%

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:

8.8 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 61
2 / 61
2 / 28
2 / 24
2 / 14
3 / 24
6 / 61
7 / 24
15 / 61

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 Subaru Outback has been a staple on American roads since its inception in 1994. Two different Subaru models, sold side-by-side, bore the Outback name: the wagon-style crossover-SUV we associate with the name today, and the Outback Sport, which eventually became the Crosstrek. The Outback is best known for its standard all-wheel drive, excellent utility, and all-weather capability. New models of the Outback average $36,354 and 3-year-old models average $25,939.

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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

  • Utilitarian with easy entry and exit and highly function cargo space
  • Comfortable ride quality with an upscale interior
  • Excellent all-weather and light off-road capability

  • Not always fast or inspirational for driving enthusiasts
  • Similarly-sized SUVs often have more cargo and passenger room
  • Fuel economy can be less than expected

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Altitude, Latitude Lux, Trailhawk, X, Limited

Trim Levels

Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, Touring XT, Wilderness, Base

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:

3 years / 36000 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):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

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:

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

176 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

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

0.050 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:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

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

26 / 32 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

481 / 592 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:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

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:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

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:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.4 inches

Cargo Space:

32.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

75.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

141.6 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:

3641 lbs

Width:

82 inches

Height:

66.4 inches

Length:

191.1 inches

Wheelbase:

108.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.7 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 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/65R17