2017 Jeep Cherokee vs Honda CR-V
With as many compact crossovers out there right now, it’s not surprising to note that there’s also no shortage of good ones to choose from. Two models that immediately spring to mind when thinking of real contendersare the 2017 Jeep Cherokee and the Honda CR-V, so let’s see how they compare in a head-to-head comparison.
2017 Jeep Cherokee vs Honda CR-V
The 2017 Jeep Cherokee sometimes gets some criticism for not being Jeep enough in the way it looks, but really it’s every inch the modern crossover and could even be considered something of a blueprint for the segment. The Cherokee’s front fascia is definitely a break from the norm, but in a world full of boring designs the unique look of the Cherokee is a welcome change.
Pretty probably isn’t a word many people would use to describe the Honda CR-V, and that’s because it’s really not. Then again, the more aggressive, macho styling of the CR-V will have plenty of admirers. These two are so different from each other, both renegades in a boring SUV styling world. We’re giving the nod to the Cherokee, because of its attractive, trailblazing styling.
The 2017 Jeep Cherokee has seven different trims to choose from, beginning with the Sport and then moving upwards to Sport Altitude Limited Edition, Latitude, Limited, High Altitude Limited Edition, Trailhawk, and finally the Overland. They’re a mix of value, opulent, and off-road focused, so there’s a Cherokee to suit a wide variety of tastes.
You have just four different versions of the Honda CR-V to select from, which are the entry level LX, the EX, EX-L and finally the Touring. You won’t find the amount of choice and variation in the CR-V range as there is with the Cherokee, so this is a win for the Jeep.
You can choose between two engines for your 2017 Jeep Cherokee, but you might be surprised that one of those options is a V-6. The standard engine is a 2.4-liter inline four producing 184 horsepower, but the real fun comes in the shape of the 3.2-liter V-6 and its 271 horsepower. Add into the mix a nine-speed automatic transmission and some very genuine off-road capability courtesy of the Jeep all-wheel drive system, and the Cherokee is an impressive performer.
The ride and handling of the Honda CR-V is very good indeed, but both engines are inline-fours so there’s no V-6 option. The most power comes from the 190 horsepower 1.5-liter turbo-four, which is a long way short of what’s available from the Jeep. The Honda’s all-wheel drive is also more for wet or icy roads than it is for wilderness trails, so this is another victory for the Cherokee.
The Cherokee is a pretty new vehicle for Jeep so there’s work to be done to improve its ratings in the latest crash test regimes. The NHTSA has only given the Jeep a four star rating for overall safety, although the IIHS gave its top “Good” rating in all tests except one. Nonetheless, the Cherokee’s scores are below average for its class and there’s no rearview camera in base models.
Honda is big on safety, and the CR-V is no exception. The Honda gets a full five star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA, while the IIHS gives the CR-V its Top Safety Pick+ rating, so this is a big win for the Honda CR-V.
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The Honda CR-V isn’t the biggest selling SUV of the last decade or so for nothing, but high sales figures do not necessarily mean a vehicle is the best for you. If you think you might find off-road fun in your vehicle from time to time, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee is a far better and more serious vehicle for those conditions than the Honda CR-V. The Jeep is also more affordable, more powerful, and more individual in the way it looks, which is enough to make it our winner here.