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The 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Jeep Cherokee are two well-loved brands known for adventure and rugged individualism. These compact SUVs each offer a fun and exhilarating driving experience that you, your family, and friends can enjoy for years to come. Which is the right vehicle for you? The team at Grand Subaru in Bensenville, IL, put together this review to help you better understand the similarities and differences. If you decide you prefer the Forester, search our new inventory to locate your favorite trim and claim our current Forester lease offer for a great deal. Have questions or want to schedule a test drive? Give us a call at (888) 840-3934 or contact us online.

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Jeep CherokeePerformance Specs & Towing Capacity

The engine available on the 2020 Forester is paired with a Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission (CVT) to deliver a smooth driving experience, as well as auto start/stop to help prevent engine idling. The 2020 Cherokee offers three engine options that are each paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L engine is offered as standard equipment.


Performance Specs & Towing

2020 Subaru Forester

2.5L Subaru BOXER® four-cylinder engine

  • 182 HP
  • 176 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 26 city/33 hwy MPG
  • 1,500 lbs. max. towing capacity

2020 Jeep Cherokee

2.4L I4 engine

  • 180 HP
  • 171 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 22 city/31 hwy MPG
  • 2,000 lbs. max. towing capacity

3.2L V6 engine

  • 271 HP 
  • 239 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 20 city/29 hwy MPG
  • 4,500 lbs. max. towing capacity

2.0L Turbocharged I4

  • 270 HP
  • 295 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 23 city/31 hwy MPG
  • 4,000 lbs. max. towing capacity

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Jeep CherokeeInterior & Exterior Design

Offering roof rails, a panoramic power moonroof, LED fog lights, satin chrome side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and keyless access with push-button start, the exterior of the 2020 Forester is designed for your comfort and convenience. On the inside, you can equip it with a ten-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front and rear seats, two-position driver's seat and mirror memory, plus a heated steering wheel for an exceptional in-cabin experience.

The 2020 Cherokee offers classic Jeep styling as well as LED headlamps, daytime running lamps, and tail lamps for your safety. A power liftgate is available for added convenience. Inside, comfort is enhanced via dual-zone automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and heated and ventilated front seats.

2020 Subaru Forester Interior front seats

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Jeep CherokeeSafety & Technology Features

Both the 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Jeep Cherokee feature a wide array of standard and available safety and tech features that are designed to enhance your ride and keep you, your passengers, and the people around or behind you protected. The Subaru Forester features EyeSight® driver assist technologies, a rear vision camera, high-beam assist, LED fog lights, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, and LED steering responsive headlights.

Among the features offered on the Jeep Cherokee are a ParkView® rear backup camera, full-speed forward collision warning system, and blind spot and cross-path detection.

2020 Subaru Forester blind spot warning sensors

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Jeep CherokeeSize & Cargo Capacity

While the Cherokee is a few inches wider than the Forester, the five-passenger Forester maximizes interior space to deliver more cargo area for the items you want to bring with you. The 2020 Forester is 182 in. long, 72 in. wide, and features 35.4 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats plus a maximum of 76.1 cu.-ft. with the rear seats folded down. It comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for added flexibility. Front legroom is a roomy 43.3 in. 

The five-passenger 2020 Cherokee is also 182 in. long, a bit wider at 73-75 in., and provides 25.8 cu.-ft. of space behind the rear seat and 54.7 cu.-ft. of cargo space with the rear seat folded down. The Cherokee also features a 60/40 split folding rear seat plus a hidden cargo floor and convenient sliding second row. Front legroom is 41.1 in.

2020 Subaru Forester interior rear view with gardening supplies

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Jeep CherokeeSubaru Forester Deals in Bensenville, IL

Find what you're looking for at Grand Subaru in Bensenville, IL. Our team is committed to providing exceptional service, whether you're looking to purchase a new Subaru vehicle or repair or service the one you currently drive. Search our new inventory for the Forester that catches your eye and pair it with our current Forester offer.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs. Jeep Cherokee in Chicago, IL

2019 Subaru Forester vs. Jeep Cherokee

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Are you considering the 2019 Subaru Forester and 2019 Jeep Cherokee as your next family SUV, but aren't sure which best fits your lifestyle? The product specialists at Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL, compiled the information you need to make your next SUV decision easy. Be sure to check out our new 2019 Subaru Forester inventory to view available models on our lot. If you have any questions about the 2019 Subaru Forester, get in touch with the Grand Subaru team by calling (888) 840-3934 or fill out our online form.

For the purposes of this comparison, we'll look at the 2019 Subaru Forester Touring, starting at $34,295 MSRP, and 2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited, starting at $30,950 MSRP.

Interior & Design

2019 Subaru Forester interior

Simplify your daily drive with the 2019 Subaru Forester or Jeep Cherokee. Both of these midsize SUVs offer ample leather-trimmed seating for up to five passengers, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and power rear gates for your convenience. Learn more about the new Forester interior features below.

  • Heated rear outbound seats
  • LED steering responsive headlights
  • Power moonroof
  • Push-button start
  • Reclining rear seatbacks
  • STARLINK™ 8-in. multimedia navigation

Safety & Technology

Stay connected and protected with the new Subaru Forester and 2019 Jeep Cherokee. These two family SUVs are designed to protect what matters most, while keeping you connected throughout every turn. Explore some of the advanced safety and technology features available on the 2019 Subaru Forester below.

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capability
  • Blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert
  • DriverFocus distraction mitigation system
  • EyeSight® driver assist technology
  • High beam assist
  • Hill descent control
  • Harman Kardon® premium audio system
  • Rear-view camera
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • X-MODE®

Engine & Specs

Elevate your daily drive with the capable and powerful 2019 Subaru Forester or Jeep Cherokee. While only the Forester offers a 7-speed Lineartronic® CVT, both SUVs feature integrated engine start/stop technology to help you save big at the pump. View each model's engine specifications below to find the power you require.

2019 Subaru Forester


2019 Jeep Cherokee



2.4L I4 MultiAir®

182 HP


180 HP

176 lbs.-ft.


171 lb.-ft.

1,500 lbs.

Towing Capacity

2,000 lbs.


MPG (city/hwy)


Price & Incentives

Starting at $34,295 MSRP, the 2019 Subaru Forester Touring model is a top contender in the midsize SUV market space. Our Subaru incentives and Forester lease deals make the all-new Forester more affordable than ever, so see how Grand Subaru can help you take this impressive SUV home today!

Schedule a Test Drive

Convinced the 2019 Subaru Forester is for you? Explore our 2019 Subaru Forester inventory to find the trim that's right for you, then schedule a test drive at our Subaru dealership near Chicago, IL. To learn more about the 2019 Subaru Forester, contact the Grand Subaru team at (888) 840-3934 or fill out our online form.

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