Jeep Cherokee vs. Subaru Outback
Jeep Cherokee
Subaru Outback
At a Glance: Cherokee vs. Outback

When you’re driving through the streets of Chicago, Skokie, Park Ridge, or Forest Park, you deserve to ride in style. If you want to couple that with efficiency and capability, the clear answer is an SUV.

The team at Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram wants to make things easy for you, so we’ve taken two of the best SUVs on the market and put them against each other. The 2023 Jeep Cherokee and the 2023 Subaru Outback have a lot to offer. Which one will be the better choice for you?



5 | 5
Cherokee vs Outback


270 HP | 260 HP
Cherokee vs Outback


8.4 in. | 7 in.
Cherokee vs Outback
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Select a category below to learn more about how the Jeep Cherokee compares to the Subaru Outback.
Jeep Cherokee

One of the most important aspects to consider when looking for a new, adventurous ride is performance. Whether you’re trekking through the great outdoors or just braving the carpool lane at your child’s pre-school, you need to know your set of wheels is reliable.

Power From the Jump

The 2023 Jeep Cherokee features an impressive standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. The standard 2.5L engine in the Subaru Outback generates a nearly identical output. Plus, both models can tow over 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Opt for More Oomph

In the Outback, you can upgrade to the highest two trim levels for a more robust 2.4L turbocharged engine with 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.

In the 2023 Jeep Cherokee, you’ll also have another option. The 2.0L Turbo I-4 engine provides a best-in-class maximum 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The bonus? You’ll also gain a best-in-class towing capacity of 4,000 pounds.

Jeep Cherokee

If you plan to take your SUV on any off-road adventures, the Cherokee and the Outback are some of your best options. So, which one is better prepared for whatever you might encounter when you venture off the pavement?

Heading Off the Beaten Path

The Outback and the Cherokee excel at off-roading. Both offer generous ground clearance that’s designed to help them sail smoothly over rocks and tree branches.

They’re also prepared for jaunts down dirt roads with their standard drivetrains. The Outback’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive sends power to the wheels with the best traction to keep your vehicle stable on slick surfaces. Still, the Cherokee takes that even further.

Forward With 4WD

Rocky, muddy, and sandy trails call for a bolder drivetrain, like 4-wheel drive (4WD). The Cherokee has several 4x4 systems to offer that make it superior when it comes to:

  • Traction
  • Water Fording
  • Maneuverability
  • Articulation
  • Ground Clearance

Plus, the Cherokee Trailhawk trim level is Trail Rated®, allowing the Cherokee to be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws its way.

Jeep Cherokee

Today’s drivers require their vehicles to help them stay connected, engaged, and entertained on the road. Beyond their raw power and their off-road performance, the Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Outback come with a variety of technologies.

Infotainment on the Go

Both models come standardly equipped with infotainment systems that enable you to make hands-free phone calls, access your apps, and listen to your favorite playlists. The Cherokee and the Outback both feature:

  • Full-color touchscreens
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ integration
  • Available Wi-Fi hotspot

While the Outback has a 7-inch screen and four speakers, the Cherokee exceeds that with its standard largest-in-class 8.4-inch touchscreen and six speakers.

Safety Comes First

Even the most seasoned adventurers must return to the concrete jungle at some point. When that time comes, know that both the Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Outback are equipped with a plethora of smart safety and driver-assistance features to help watch your back.

Both models come with brand-specific versions of:

  • Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • Lane Departure Warning

As such, you’ll feel confident whenever you get behind the wheel of either the Cherokee or the Outback.

Still, the Jeep Cherokee comes standard with several safety features that are only available on the Subaru Outback as options or on upper trim levels, such as Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection. So, for additional peace of mind without an upgrade, choose the Cherokee.

The Results Are In!
Jeep Cherokee

While both vehicles in our 2023 Jeep Cherokee vs. Subaru Outback comparison perform incredibly well—both on and off the road—the Cherokee reigns supreme.

Jeep continues to be the master of off-roading with the 2023 Cherokee. Experience it for yourself at Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram near Chicago, Skokie, Park Ridge, and Forest Park. Our friendly team is happy to show you everything the Cherokee is capable of and answer any questions you might have. Schedule a test drive today.

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Cherokee for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

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