2017 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2017 Subaru Forester

The highly capable and off-road-ready 2017 Jeep Cherokee provides well-rounded performance for drivers in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx.

You may be wondering how it compares to some of its competitors, which is why we broke down its features against the Subaru Forester in the comparison below. Check it out to learn more!

Model Overview & Performance

The�2017 Jeep Cherokee�is a small five-passenger SUV available in five main trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, Trailhawk, and Overland. Each comes with a 184-horsepower, 2.4L four-cylinder Tigershark� engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission, which perform smoothly and powerfully together.

If you prefer a more forceful engine, the Jeep Cherokee offers a 271-horsepower, 3.2L Pentastar� V6 capable of 239 lb-ft of torque and up to 4,500 pounds of towing. Equipped with Stop-Start technology, the V6 compliments the Cherokee's athletic performance, improves its fuel economy, and provides an extra boost to keep up with your next adventure.

The 2017 Subaru Forester is a five-seat model available in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.0XT Premium, 2.5i Touring, and 2.0XT Touring. Each comes with a standard four-cylinder engine that produces either 170 or 250 horsepower, though its lineup lacks an available V6.

Depending on its trim, the 2017 Forester comes with a six-speed manual, six-speed continuously variable, or an eight-speed continuously variable transmission.

Jeep Cherokee vs. Subaru Forester: Off-Road Ability

The Jeep Cherokee offers�three 4x4 systems: Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II, and Jeep Active Drive Lock (in addition to front-wheel drive). A Selec-Terrain� traction control system is available as well and includes five customizable settings: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, and Rock. Together, these features lend themselves to a balanced performance on most road surfaces and terrain.

Like the Jeep Cherokee, the Subaru Forester features an off-road ready design. The Forester comes with standard all-wheel drive. However, it doesn't offer a choice in the 4X4 system it uses like the 2017 Cherokee does. It also lacks a traction control system, which is offered on the Jeep Cherokee.

While in drive, the Subaru Forester provides adequate acceleration and smooth gear shifts. Its lackluster handling, though, detracts from its overall ride quality.

Jeep vs. Subaru: Staying Connected

The Jeep Cherokee is available with three innovative and easy-to-use Uconnect� systems, which offer Wi-Fi, navigation, smartphone integration, Sirius XM radio, a touchscreen, and more. The vehicle also offers a premium customizable instrument cluster with crystal-clear graphics and intuitive steering wheel controls. That way, you can view important information about the car, including its gas mileage and ambient temperature.

An Alpine� premium sound system and an auxiliary media hub are also available for premium entertainment.

The Subaru Forester is available with the Subaru STARLINK package, which includes several of the same capabilities as the Cherokee's Uconnect� system. STARLINK comes with app integration, a touchscreen, and voice controls for easy and convenient communication.

Test Drive a 2017 Jeep Cherokee

Even though the Subaru Forester offers reliable performance, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee proves itself the more versatile and off-road capable vehicle. Its nimble handling can handle a variety of different terrains, while its technology features help you stay connected.

If you would like to try the 2017 Cherokee for yourself,�schedule a test drive�at Manhattan Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram today!

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