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Toyota RAV4 vs. Jeep Cherokee

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota RAV4

$428
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Jeep Cherokee

$513
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Excellent
The Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 11th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $428 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the RAV4.
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
$428
inexpensive
expensive
$513
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.47
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (8)
4 (17)
3 (15)
2 (6)
1
(0)
The Toyota RAV4 ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.
“We rented a RAV4 in Costa Rica and were amazed at the punishment it took on jungle roads. So, we bought a used one, one year old with about 15,000 miles. It was a five speed. It got about 32 mpg...”
“We rented a RAV4 in Costa Rica and were amazed at the punishment it took on jungle roads. So, we...”
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 Toyota RAV4 are compact, two-row SUVs. Both the Cherokee and the RAV4 come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

Looking at their standard engines, the Jeep Cherokee’s 180 horsepower and the Toyota RAV4’s 176 horsepower make them similar in power output. If you’d like extra power, the Cherokee’s optional 271-horsepower engine is a nice boost over the standard choice. The RAV4 does not offer an optional higher-powered engine, but it does offer a hybrid option for improved fuel efficiency.

The Jeep Cherokee is not nearly as space-efficient as the Toyota RAV4. The Cherokee has 54.9 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold the rear seats down. The RAV4 tops this handily, with a whopping 73.4 cubic feet available with the rear seats folded. RAV4 wins by a mile here.

If you plan on taking regular off-road excursions, the Jeep Cherokee has all the traditional Jeep capabilities, and can be specially equipped to excel in this area. The Toyota RAV4 is more of an on-road vehicle, and will do just fine in normal, pavement-based duties.

One benefit that the RAV4 offers is its standard suite of advanced driver assistance features, available on every model in the line.

For power and off-road capability, the Cherokee is a great choice. For space and safety, the RAV4 wins. How will you be using your SUV? Depending on your answer, one of these vehicles will be right for you.