2018 Jeep Cherokee vs Subaru Outback

Drivers across the Chicago, Park Ridge, and Skokie areas love their crossover SUVs. After all, these highly capable vehicles can traverse any terrain, whether it’s snow-coated streets or muddy backroads. However, they’re also exceptional for everyday use, with plenty of comfort and convenience features to keep you relaxed and content. However, how do you know which SUV is best suited for you?

Discover the differences between the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 Subaru Outback in our comparison, and contact the Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram team to set up a test drive.

Jeep vs Subaru: Standard Features

Jeep Cherokee vs Subaru OutbackThis year’s 2018 Jeep Cherokee hits the market with a myriad of trim levels, as does the Subaru Outback.

For the Jeep Cherokee, the base trim level is the Latitude. For the Subaru Outback, the entry level is the 2.5i. Both of these trim levels come equipped with a number of standard features to offer an enjoyable driving experience.

The Subaru Outback 2.5i comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, so you can climb up steep inclines with ease. It also comes standard with the STARLINK™ multimedia system, which offers Bluetooth® connectivity, Apple CarPlay™, and Android Auto™.

As for the Jeep Cherokee Latitude, it comes with the Uconnect® 3 entertainment system with a 5-inch display. There’s also the incredible Jeep Active Drive I 4×4 system, which includes the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System. With this standard system, you’ll have all-weather capability due to the four different modes: Auto, Snow, Sport, and Sand/Mud. Plus, it comes with a brake lock differential, so the 2018 Cherokee can handle anything that Mother Nature throws in its way.

Although the Outback 2.5i comes with some standard stability and traction features, it doesn’t have anything as extensive or tech-savvy as the Cherokee Latitude’s Selec-Terrain® system.

Engine Performance

The standard powertrains for both vehicles are solid, but the 2018 Jeep Cherokee kicks it up with the elevation of the improved Latitude. It’s powered by a 2.4L MultiAir® engine, which delivers 184 horsepower. For even more power, then opt for the 3.2L Pentastar® V6 engine. This engine, paired with Engine Stop/Start Technology, generates 271 horsepower while saving fuel and reducing emissions.

Jeep Cherokee vs Subaru Outback

By comparison, the Subaru Outback’s 2.5L engine produces 175 horsepower. Even if you get the upgraded 3.6L engine, it puts out 256 horsepower, so it doesn’t deliver as much power as the Jeep Cherokee.

Off-Road Performance

When it comes to off-roading in your crossover, the Jeep Cherokee is an exceptionally capable off-roading machine. With the Trailhawk trim, you get an enhanced Jeep Active Drive Lock 4×4 System, which includes another mode for the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System: ROCK mode. It also extensively protects the Cherokee’s underbody through its available 1-inch suspension lift and standard skid plates. Due to these off-roading features and more, you can crawl over obstacles with maximized traction and control.

The Subaru Outback, on the other hand, doesn’t have an off-road-oriented trim level like the Cherokee Trailhawk. However, it does optimize the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System with X-MODE, which incorporates Hill Descent Control for improved stability. However, it can’t match the power, traction, and performance of the Trailhawk trim.

Take the 2018 Jeep Cherokee for a Spin

If you’d like to see the new 2018 Jeep Cherokee for yourself, Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is your go-to source in the Chicago, Park Ridge, and Skokie areas. Stop into our showroom and ask about a test drive today!

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