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Explore the Difference: Jeep Cherokee VS Subaru Forester

New Yorkers who want to take their SUV experience to new heights will want to drive a model built with off-road capability. While the market is full of such options, there are two products that are acclaimed for their prowess on the road: the 2019 Jeep Cherokee and 2019 Subaru Forester. Engineered to give drivers the ultimate control, both are formidable in action-so, which one should you choose? We explore the answer to this question in our Sawyer Motor comparison below.

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2019 Subaru Forester

For a Personalized Driving Experience, Choose the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Trims - Having a wide selection increases a car buyer's chance of finding their perfect model, which is why many are drawn to the 2019 Jeep Cherokee over the 2019 Subaru Forester. While the latter comes in five excellent trims, the Jeep SUV presents two more variants. As a result, its price-points and features are more diverse and will accommodate a broader audience in turn.

Packages - In addition to having a more comprehensive lineup of trim levels, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee can be upgraded with one of five packages as well. Groups include Technology, SafetyTec™, Comfort and Convenience, Heavy-Duty Protection, and Trailer Tow. Each one encompasses desirable add-ons like the ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System. Juxtaposed against the 2019 Subaru Forester which is restricted to just an Alloy Wheel or All-Weather packages, it is easy to see which model offers greater value.

Engines - Though all new 2019 Subaru Forester models are equipped with a 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine that exerts a substantial output of 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, its ratings are on par with only the 2.4-liter Tigershark® which is the most basic engine offered by Jeep. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is also available with a 3.2-liter Pentastar® V6 and 2.0-liter Turbo Engine which can hit marks of 271 and 270 horsepower and 239 and 295 pound-feet of torque, respectively.

All-Wheel Drive - What gives an off-road SUV its ability to navigate terrain beyond the paved road is oftentimes its drivetrain. That is why the 2019 Subaru Forester is geared with a Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System as a standard. However, as opposed to having one choice, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is presented with three: Active Drive I, Active Drive II, Active Drive Lock. Each delivers varying degrees of traction so that you can select the model that performs according to your driving preferences.

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2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Jeep Cherokee Even Takes the Lead for Capability

Towing Capacity - Comparing performance figures of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee and 2019 Subaru Forester makes it very clear as to which one is stronger, too. Just take a look at the towing capacity achieved by their base models. The right combination of components allows the Jeep SUV to tow a whopping 4,500 pounds. In contrast, the Subaru SUV is restricted to a mere 1,500 pounds.

Transmission Control - Admittedly, the 2019 Subaru Forester is better oriented for fuel efficiency thanks to its Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission. However, limited gear shifts do not always translate well when traversing more rugged roads. In this regard, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is more suitable because its models are optional with a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission.


The 2019 Jeep Cherokee Gets the Sawyer Motor Recommendation for a Good Reason

The 2019 Subaru Forester certainly presents a strong case for itself, but when compared to the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, it falls short of what our model can do. That is why we take pride in offering this new Jeep SUV at our dealership in Saugerties, New York. To get more reasons as to why Sawyer Motors stands by the Jeep brand, visit us for a test drive!


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    Saugerties, NY 12477

    • Sales: 8452170124
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