2017 Jeep Cherokee vs Honda CR-V
So, you’re looking for a versatile SUV. Something that can generate high amounts of power, as well as offer precise handling. Which should you choose: the 2017 Jeep Cherokee or the 2017 Honda CR-V?
At Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR), we want all drivers in the Chicago, Skokie, and Park Ridge areas to make an informed buying decision. To help you do so, we’ve written this detailed comparison.
2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Honda CR-V: Performance Specs
An SUV is a bigger car, which means it deserves to have a bigger powertrain under the hood. The 2017 Jeep Cherokee lives up to this notion by providing drivers with an available 3.2L V6 engine that can produce 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque.
Nevertheless, the Cherokee is outfitted with several features that help maintain this performance. Heavy-duty engine cooling and an auxiliary transmission oil cooler work together to ensure the SUV’s V6 works consistently at peak performance.
The 2017 Honda CR-V clearly wasn’t designed for this kind of high performance. Equipped with an inline 4-cylinder engine, it can only generate 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, it lacks the engine optimizing features that keep the Cherokee running so smoothly.
If anything, the 2017 Honda CR-V aims only to be a cushy vehicle. It does offer quite a few interior amenities, with a decent entertainment suite. Nevertheless, it lacks much of the interior functionality that characterizes the Jeep Cherokee as such a rugged vehicle.
For instance, the Cherokee comes with its own Jeep Cargo Management System. This system allows you to easily fold back seats and store larger gear. It also includes several additional nooks and crannies that can be used to stow smaller items.
Off-Road & Towing Capabilities
Due in large part to its powerful engine, but also to its rigid suspension, the Jeep Cherokee is an excellent towing and off-road vehicle. With the included Trailer Sway Damping backing it, drivers will be able to haul up to 4,500 pounds of cargo.
The vehicle also contains the Jeep Active Drive I system with Selec-Terrain® Traction Management. Using this feature, your SUV can crawl over rocks, blaze through the mud, and even handle safely in the snow.
Unfortunately, you won’t have these same capabilities in the Honda CR-V. While it does contain its own stability and traction control system, it’s nothing like Jeep Active Drive I. And due to its smaller engine, towing capacity is greatly reduced to 1,500 pounds.
Don’t Be Left in the Dust
When you’re looking to escape the city and strike out on some off-road adventures in the Chicago, Skokie, and Park Ridge areas, only the most capable SUV will do.
While the 2017 Honda CR-V is fairly comfortable, it simply can’t handle daring terrain as aptly as the 2017 Jeep Cherokee.
Any driver who’d like to learn more about this exceptional vehicle need only contact our team at Marino CJDR. We’re more than happy to answer all your questions.