Jeep Cherokee vs. Subaru Forester

2016 Jeep Cherokee light exterior

2016 Jeep Cherokee

2016 Subaru Forester light exterior

2016 Subaru Forester

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee is abler than the 2016 Subaru Forester, and also supplies Indian Head and Melville drivers with a stronger collection of standard and available features. Of course, an SUV able to deliver Best-in-Class capability was never going to have too much trouble outpacing the competition, but rarely has one exceled across so many different areas as the Cherokee. Keep reading to see how the 2016 Cherokee compares to the 2016 Forester and see which one comes out on top.


The 2016 Jeep Cherokee was named ‘Four Wheeler of the Year’ by the team over at Four Wheeler magazine. That is a distinction that it had to secure against all other competitors, not just the 2016 Subaru Forester.

Such singling out makes a bold statement concerning the Cherokee’s capability, and it does not disappoint. Unlike the modest Forester, the Cherokee offers Best-in-Class capability and an incredible three separate 4X4 drive systems, including Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II, and Jeep Active Drive Lock. You’ll also be able to equip the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System, which delivers separate modes for Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, and Rock.

To truly dominate the competition, try the Trail Rated Trailhawk model. It boasts a 56:1 crawl ratio and 220 mm (8.7 in) of ground clearance. No Forester trim comes close to offering this kind of capability.

Power and Performance

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee doubles down on its capability advantages by offering more power than the 2016 Subaru Forester. Indian Head and Melville customers will be able to choose between:

  • Standard Power: The Cherokee fits a 2.4L Tigershark engine capable of delivering up to 184 horsepower to your command. The Forester’s standard 2.5L harnesses just 170 horsepower.
  • Available Power: Stepping up to the Cherokee’s available 3.2L Pentastar V6 means enjoying up to 271 horsepower. The Forester’s 2.0L Turbocharged four-cylinder outputs only 250 horsepower.

Additionally, both of the Cherokee’s powerhouse engines are paired to a Class-Exclusive 9-speed transmission system – that’s not a system available with any Forester models.

Interior and Technology

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee might be all action on the outside, but its interior is surprisingly well-fitted and luxurious; in fact, it just joined such luminaries as the Rolls-Royce Wraith by earning a place on Ward’s ’10 Best Interiors’ list.

In addition to its breathtaking craftsmanship, the Cherokee is able to provide Melville and Indian Head drivers with a number of features that aren’t available with the 2016 Subaru Forester. These include its state-of-the-art available Uconnect 8.4 NAV multimedia centre, which offers:

  • Largest-in-Class 8.4-Inch Touchscreen
  • 3D Navigation
  • Advanced Voice Command Technology

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overpowers and Overwhelms the Lackluster 2016 Subaru Forester

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee is head and shoulders above the competition, and these points just scratch the surface of its advantages over the 2016 Subaru Forester. To experience the difference for yourself, just come down to the showroom at Knight Weyburn CDJR to arrange a test drive. We look forward to putting our Indian Head and Melville customers behind the wheel of this larger-than-life SUV, so make sure to visit us soon to take it for a spin!