2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Jeep Cherokee

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Jeep Cherokee
2021 Subaru Forester 2021 Jeep Cherokee
All-Wheel Drive
  Standard Optional
MPG (City/Highway) *
  26/33 22/31
Cargo Space
  76.1 cu. ft. 54.7 cu. ft.
Front Leg Room
  43.3 in. 41.1 in.

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Jeep Cherokee

Serving Harrisonburg, VA

As you search for a smaller crossover that delivers the driving experience that your lifestyle demands, your attention has understandably settled on the Subaru Forester and the Jeep Cherokee. These compact crossovers both have great reputations for their exceptional performance capabilities and their overall quality. However, their differences are profound, and they begin with the Forester’s slightly lower MSRP at the introductory trim level. What are the other factors that you need to be aware of before you narrow down your options to a specific model?


The Subaru Forester’s fifth generation debuted only a few years ago, so it’s exterior has modern styling that is easy to appreciate. In comparison, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee is part of a generation that debuted in 2014. Both of these models share a few exterior traits, but the specific features vary by trim. For example, you can find features like foglamps, power-adjusting and heated side mirrors, lower-body molding, a sunroof and other equipment across different trims for both models.


Inside the 2021 Subaru Forester, you can appreciate ample legroom and headroom across both rows as well as a full selection of quality features. Some trims have contrast stitching with dual-tone leather, heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Throughout the dashboard, you will find pleasing linear elements along with a slanted center stack. Because of this angle, the touch display screen and other features in the center stack are easy to reach. The 2021 Cherokee’s interior is dictated largely by a wing-like unit in the center stack that holds air vents and the display screen. Apple CarPlay, a keyless ignition, auto climate management and other features are available in both models.


A four-cylinder engine is the primary powertrain for both of these models, but you can upgrade to a V6 in the Jeep Cherokee for a bump in the sales price. The Forester has features like vehicle dynamics control, automatic start-stop, symmetrical all-wheel drive and Subaru Intelligent Drive throughout all trims as standard equipment. In the Jeep Cherokee, four-wheel drive and other high-performance features are other standard or optional only at the highest trim levels.

Our inventory at Bob Wade Subaru is fully stocked with an amazing selection of current models and their trims. This makes it easy for you to pick out your next Subaru Forester. Make arrangements to tour our dealership’s showroom soon to get to know more about the Forester’s trims and options.

* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with driving conditions and your vehicle’s condition.