2020 Jeep Cherokee
Features & Specs
2020 Subaru Forester
271 hp
Engine Power
182 hp
239 lb-ft
Engine Torque
176 lb-ft
Keyless Ignition
Parking Assistance
Available on Higher Trims

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Subaru Forester

Going out and buying a new SUV can have its challenges. With so many models and trims to choose from, it can be enough to make your head explode. Fortunately, we are here to help. Two of the best SUVs out there are the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and the 2020 Subaru Forester. Both have respectable engines and features, as well as option packages that are tough to beat. You can't go wrong with either one of these vehicles, but only one of them can be crowned champion. In this article, we will compare both of these vehicles and declare a winner so that you will know which one to spend your hard-earned money on.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

Three unique engines are available for the 2020 Jeep Cherokee. Standard on all trims is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Optional is either a 3.2-liter V6 that pumps out 271 horsepower or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 horses. The horsepower for the two optional engines is nearly identical, but if you're looking for more torque, you're better off with the turbocharged four-cylinder as it has 295 lb-ft of torque versus the V6 239 lb-ft. Though if you are looking to lug around a lot of material, the V6 can tow 4,500 pounds. All engines connect to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which gives you a smooth ride. All-wheel-drive is also available with all engine options.

2020 Subaru Forester Power & Handling

Only one engine is available for the Subaru Forester, and it's a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which provides 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels through a specially designed continuously variable automatic transmission. While we love that four-wheel-drive is standard on all trims, the Forester provides less power and torque when compared to the Jeep Cherokee. Also, while the Cherokee can haul up to 4,500 pounds thanks to its V6 engine, the Forester can only tow up to 1,500 pounds.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

Starting with the base level Latitude, the Cherokee comes with some impressive features including 17-inch steel wheels, a 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and a rearview camera. Safety features for the Latitude are also plentiful as it includes hill-start assist with start and stop as well as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection. Also standard is air conditioning, plus the 6-way manually adjustable seats covered in durable cloth, and keyless entry. If you opt for the all-wheel-drive, you also get Jeep's Selec-Terrain traction management system. As you climb the trim ladder, more all-wheel-drive systems are available such as the Jeep Active Drive Lock reserved for Trailhawk models. When you move up to the Limited, you get a larger Uconnect screen, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable driver and passenger seats. More luxury items can be found with the Overland, including navigation, an upgraded audio system, and generally more beautiful interior trim. Last up is the off-road capable Trailhawk, which adds more specific off-road features, including under-body skid plates and an enhanced suspension.

2020 Subaru Forester Features & Design

The Subaru Forester comes with some useful features as well. Kicking things off is the base that comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and several driver's safety aids thanks to the EyeSIght banner. Other features for the base include automatic climate control, LED headlights, a 6.5-inch infotainment display, satellite radio, CD player, and active grille shutters. You also get a washer for the rearview camera. Moving up to the Premium brings a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, hill-descent control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats/side mirrors. Sport trims add to this list with a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio upgrade, and an 8-inch touch screen. The last two trims are the Limited and the Touring, which come with most of the features from the previous trims as well as a heated steering wheel, navigation, reverse automatic braking, plus driver-attention monitoring and an 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. The Forester also has a few more safety features, including blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Options include keyless entry.


There are merits to both of these SUVs, but we are going to give the victory to the Cherokee. The Cherokee has more powerful engines and greater off-road capabilities, plus the features are more technologically advanced. If you are interested in the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, we highly recommend heading down to Reedman-Toll Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Jenkintown and scheduling a test drive with one of our representatives! Our friendly sales team will walk you through every step of the process as well as answer any questions you may have. After all, you are our number one priority! We can't wait to assist you here at Reedman-Toll Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.

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