Jeep Cherokee vs. Subaru Crosstrek

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Jeep Cherokee

$520
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Subaru Crosstrek

$492
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Excellent
The Jeep Cherokee Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $520 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Cherokee.
4
1
2
Excellent
The Subaru Crosstrek Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $492 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Crosstrek is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$520
inexpensive
expensive
$492
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.19
not often
very often
0.13
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent
7%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (1)
4 (16)
3 (9)
2 (2)
1 (2)
The Jeep Cherokee ranks highest in value and ranks lowest in fuel economy.
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Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Crosstrek are in two different vehicle size classes. The Cherokee is a compact two-row SUV, while Crosstrek is a compact two-row, car-based, five-door hatchback SUV. The Cherokee comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The Crosstrek comes with standard all-wheel drive.

The Cherokee has more power, with a standard engine putting out 180 horsepower, as well as an optional engine with 271 horsepower. Crosstrek comes in second-best, with only a single engine option, putting out just 152 horsepower. There’s no contest in this area; the Cherokee is the clear winner.

Interestingly, the Subaru Crosstrek, with its sloping hatchback roofline, beats the Jeep Cherokee on cargo space. The Crosstrek contains 55.3 cubic feet of space when its rear seats are folded. This is a shade more than the Cherokee’s 54.9 cubic feet rating with its rear row flat.

Making a decision between the Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Crosstrek has a lot to do with power. If the Crosstrek’s standard and only engine doesn’t have enough oomph for you, you may be better off with the Cherokee. But the Cherokee costs many thousands of dollars more, and all-wheel drive is an additional option. The Crosstrek, with its standard all-wheel drive, is the clear value proposition here.