2018 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2018 Subaru Forester

    By Autolist Staff | September 7, 2018

    2018 Subaru Forester

    2018 Jeep Cherokee

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    96%

    The Best

    You should buy it

    82%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    100%

    Would Buy Again

    3 Ratings

    100%

    Would Buy Again

    2 Ratings

    What’s better about the Jeep?

    Power. The 2018 Jeep Cherokee can be had with one of two different engines: a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder with 184 or 271-horsepower V6. Both have more power than the respective Forester engines (the base non-turbo version in the Subaru has 170 horsepower and the optional turbo-four has 250 horsepower).

    Refinement. The Jeep Cherokee is noticeably more quiet and comfortable than the decidedly utilitarian Forester. The Jeep doors close with a more satisfying “thunk,” road and wind noise is banished from the cabin and the entire Cherokee just feels more solid than its Subaru counterpart.

    Space for humans. Inside the Cherokee is a few more inches of legroom and headroom in all seats, front and rear, than what you’ll find in the Subaru. It’s not an overwhelming difference but as tall passengers will tell you, every inch counts.


    What’s better about the Subaru?

    Space for stuff. Though they’re only about an inch apart in length, the Subaru has heaps of cargo space when compared to the Cherokee: 10 additional cubic feet when the rear seats are up and 20 additional cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded. So while the Jeep has marginally more passanger room, the Subaru has a big advantage with cargo room.

    Recalls & reliability. Here, Subaru’s reputation shines through. Not only is the brand and the Forester itself highly rated for reliability (including by Consumer Reports) but the 2018 model doesn’t have any recalls associated with it. The same can’t be said for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee, which has four recalls associated with it and a lower reliability rating.

    Fuel economy. The Subaru has a noticeably better fuel economy rating from the EPA than the Cherokee. The base Forester with the non-turbo engine and the automatic transmission is rated at 26/32/28 MPG city/highway/combined. The Jeep with the base engine and nine-speed automatic transmission is rated at 21/28/23 MPG city/highway/combined.


    Autolist's take:

    Reviewers found the Jeep to have better refinement, off-road capabilities and more room for its passengers than the Forester. But the Subaru fights back with better reliability, fuel economy and cargo space. In this comparison, we’re willing to sacrifice a little comfort for long-term peace-of-mind. So we say Buy the Subaru.

    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Subaru Forester

    2018 Jeep Cherokee

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,791
    15k miles at $2.866/gal
    $2,047
    15k miles at $2.866/gal
    Fuel Economy

    22 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    18 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    27 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    24 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Subaru Forester

    2018 Jeep Cherokee

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    4 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    -
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Subaru Forester

    2018 Jeep Cherokee

    Interior Features

    -
    Leather
    Available
    Leather
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Heated Seats
    Available
    Heated Seats
    Available
    Keyless Entry
    Available
    Keyless Entry
    Available
    Climate Control
    Available
    Climate Control
    Technology

    -
    Apple Carplay
    -
    Apple Carplay
    -
    Android Auto
    -
    Android Auto
    Available
    Satellite Radio
    Available
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Available
    Navigation System
    Available
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Subaru Forester

    2018 Jeep Cherokee

    Powertrain

    6-Speed Manual
    Transmission
    9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    AWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    170+ HP @ 5800 RPM
    Horsepower
    180+ HP @ 6400 RPM
    Horsepower
    174+ lb-ft @ 4100 RPM
    Torque
    171+ lb-ft @ 4600 RPM
    Torque
    H4
    Cylinders
    I4
    Cylinders