Compact SUV Comparison: 2018 Jeep Cherokee v. 2018 Toyota RAV4

January 9th, 2018 by

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Compact SUVs are one of the most popular vehicle classes right now. Compact SUVs not only offer the convenience of a spacious cabin for cargo and passengers, but their compact size makes them easy and fun to drive. Two great contenders in the compact SUV class are the Toyota RAV4 and the Jeep Cherokee, and though they have some similarities, they both have some differences. Here’s a closer look.

Engine and Performance

Taking a closer look, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee has a 2.4-liter engine with 9-speed transmission that can provide up to 184 horsepower and the Toyota RAV4 is equipped with a 2.5-liter engine with 6-speed transmission that produces 176 horsepower. While the difference in horsepower isn’t huge, the Cherokee does produce more horsepower than the RAV4.

The Jeep Cherokee is available with a four-wheel-drive system and the Toyota RAV4 is available with an all-wheel-drive system. While both systems provide excellent support in ice or snow, four-wheel-drive systems are a little more favorable among people that like to off-road.

Both vehicles are fairly similar when driving both on and off-road, in terms of stability and handling, neither vehicle holds an edge over the other.


The 2018 RAV4 and Jeep Cherokee are both five-passenger compact SUVs and are nearly identical in terms of length, width and height. However, the cabin of the Jeep Cherokee offers backseat passengers a lot more legroom than the Toyota RAV4. The Jeep Cherokee has 40.3 inches of legroom for backseat passengers and the Toyota RAV4 has 37.2 inches, which is 3.1 inches less than the Cherokee and that makes a big difference for tall passengers.


Interior features of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee include the Uconnect infotainment system with color touch screen displays to control everything from the AM/FM radio, CD player and a slot for SD cards allows for MP3s to play, with controls to change your music from the steering wheel for hands free use. You can use the Bluetooth hands-free system to keep your focus on driving while you use the Integrated Voice Command to make phone calls.

The Entune navigation system for the RAV4 includes voice recognition and navigation features, including Bluetooth technology and hands free calling with almost any smartphone.


Safety features for both vehicles include 4-wheel anti-lock braking systems with stability and traction control. The Jeep Cherokee however does include in the event of a collision the Enhanced Accident Response System, which shuts off the engine, unlocks every door and cuts fuel flow. This is not a feature with the Toyota RAV4.


When it comes to comparing the prices of the base trims of each model, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude MSRP starting at $23,495 (plus destination fee) is slightly more affordable than the 2018 Toyota RAV4 LE (MSRP starting at $24,410 (plus destination fee). When it comes to comparing the prices of the top trims offered by each model, there is a bit of a price difference and the Cherokee is more affordable. The top Jeep Cherokee 4×2 trim is the Cherokee Overland, which has a starting MSRP of $34,095 (plus destination fee), however, the top Jeep Cherokee 4×4 trim is the Cherokee Limited 4×4 and it has a starting MSRP of $31,295 (plus destination fee). The Toyota RAV4’s top 4×2 trim is the RAV4 Platinum and it has a starting price of $34,750 (plus destination fee) and the top 4×4 trim is the RAV4 Platinum AWD and it has a starting MSRP of $36,150 (plus destination fee).

More luxurious and higher-performance at a lower cost, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee outshines the 2018 Toyota RAV4. Consider the 2018 Jeep Cherokee when you visit Kendall Dodge Jeep Chrysler Ram today!

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