Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Jeep Cherokee VS 2014 Toyota Rav4 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Jeep Cherokee

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2014 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

The Cherokee Limited offers optional Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Rav4 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Cherokee’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Rav4 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Cherokee offers optional Uconnect Access, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Cherokee and the Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Toyota Rav4:

Cherokee

Rav4

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Cherokee 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Rav4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Rav4 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (184 vs. 176) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 95 more horsepower (271 vs. 176) and 67 lbs.-ft. more torque (239 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jeep Cherokee V6 is faster than the Toyota Rav4:

Cherokee

Rav4

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.5 sec

25.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.5 sec

8.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.7 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.3 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

85 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Cherokee’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

Cherokee

Rav4 LE

Rav4 XLE/Limited

Front Rotors

13 inches

10.8 inches

11.7 inches

The Cherokee stops shorter than the Rav4:

Cherokee

Rav4

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rav4 (245/65R17 vs. 235/55R18).

The Cherokee Trailhawk has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Rav4, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Rav4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cherokee’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Rav4 (106.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Rav4.

The Cherokee’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57% to 43%) than the Rav4’s (58.4% to 41.6%). This gives the Cherokee more stable handling and braking.

The Cherokee Limited 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Rav4 XLE 4WD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee has a 2.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 (8.7 vs. 6.3 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Cherokee has .3 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear hip room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Rav4 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Cherokee offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Cherokee and the Rav4 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cherokee is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rav4 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Cherokee Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rav4 XLE/Limited’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Cherokee’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Cherokee Limited’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rav4 XLE/Limited’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Cherokee Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rav4 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Cherokee’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Cherokee Limited offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rav4 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Cherokee’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Rav4 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

Both the Cherokee and the Rav4 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Cherokee has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Rav4 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Cherokee Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Cherokee offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Cherokee Limited’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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