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Subaru Forester vs. Jeep Cherokee

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Subaru Forester

$645
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Jeep Cherokee

$513
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Subaru Forester Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 20th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $645 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Jeep Cherokee Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 17th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $513 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$645
inexpensive
expensive
$513
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.45
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (3)
4 (20)
3 (3)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Subaru Forester ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.
“Extremely practical, very roomy. Good at everything, bad at nothing. A/C could blow colder, and ride is a bit harsh, but I love this vehicle. The AWD is excellent. Superb gas milage. 30000 miles wi...”
“Extremely practical, very roomy. Good at everything, bad at nothing. A/C could blow colder, and r...”
5 (1)
4 (16)
3 (9)
2 (2)
1 (2)
The Jeep Cherokee ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in electrical.
“A fine car, if you take care of it, it will take care of you.”
“A fine car, if you take care of it, it will take care of you.”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Forester are both compact, two-row SUVs. The Cherokee comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The Forester comes with standard all-wheel drive. 

Standard and optional engines in the Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Forester are in the same ballpark, power-wise. Cherokee’s standard engine has 180 horsepower, a little bit more than the 170 standard horsepower in Forester. This carries over to their optional power sources, where Cherokee’s 271-horsepower pulls slightly ahead of Forester’s 250 maximum horsepower.

The comparison is more telling for cargo space. The Jeep Cherokee has 54.9 cubic feet of space behind the front row, with the rear seats down. The Subaru Forester gives you much more, a total of 74.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. Forester scores big here.

Plan to take your SUV off the road? The Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Forester can handle most recreational off-road duties. But if you plan on attacking slick rock or mud bogs, the specially equipped Cherokee Trailhawk is a better bet for extreme off-roading.

The choice between the Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Forester comes down to how you plan to use your compact SUV. The Cherokee scores for its slight power edge and its extreme off-road capabilities, when properly equipped. The Forester has much more cargo capacity, and is ready for light-to-medium duty off-roading right out of the box, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive.

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