Jeep Cherokee vs Honda CR-V

Jeep Cherokee


In the Jeep Cherokee and the Honda CR-V, drivers around Wilsonville, Woodburn, or Portland, Oregon, have two remarkable options. Both choices are great SUVs that feature dynamic capabilities, striking exterior designs, and more than a few high-tech features.

The question is, which one do you choose? That’s why our Wilsonville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram team created this Jeep Cherokee vs. Honda CR-V comparison to help you out. Read on to find out more about these two SUV models and contact our team today if you’d like more information!

Jeep Cherokee vs. Honda CR-V: Engine Power

Jeep Cherokee RedWe’ll kick things off with the 2021 Jeep Cherokee, which gives you three powerful engine options.

  • 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir® 2 engine
  • 3.2L PentaStar® V6 engine
  • 2.0L Turbo engine

The Honda CR-V, on the other hand, only offers two engine choices: a 4-cylinder turbo gas engine and a 4-cylinder hybrid engine.

Power differences between the engine choices exist as well. The Honda model’s base engine does win out with up to 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. The base engine of the Jeep Cherokee—the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir® 2 engine—has a little less power at 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque.

However, the Cherokee offers gas engine upgrades that the CR-V does not. If you choose the Cherokee’s 3.2-liter PentaStar® V6 engine, you’ll experience up to 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. The other Jeep upgrade—the 2.0-liter turbo engine—offers up to 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Compare that to the Honda CR-V’s hybrid engine upgrade, and you’ll only see a total system horsepower rating of 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.

Jeep Cherokee vs. Honda CR-V: Capability 

Jeep CherokeeThe capability of these two models is also worth considering, as you may want to use your vehicle to tow or want to find an all-wheel drive system that provides increased stability on different terrains.

You can certainly tow with the Jeep Cherokee, as the base engine offers up to 2,000 pounds of maximum capacity when properly equipped. Unfortunately, the Honda CR-V only offers a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds when properly equipped, and that amount only applies to the gas engine.

The Jeep Cherokee offers even more in the way of towing if you decide to upgrade to one of the other engines. The 2.0-liter turbo can tow up to 4,000 pounds with the proper equipment, and the 3.2-liter engine can tow up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped. This power goes above and beyond what the Honda model can offer.

The Cherokee also lets you choose among three different 4×4 systems that will help with both traction and towing needs:

  • Jeep Active Drive I 4×4 System
  • Jeep Active Drive II 4×4 System
  • Jeep Active Drive Lock 4×4 System

On the other hand, the CR-V only gives you the choice between upgrading to their Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ or foregoing this drivetrain.

Related Post: Jeep Cherokee Towing Capacity

Jeep Cherokee vs. Honda CR-V: Beautifully Designed Exteriors

Moving on, not only is the Cherokee powerful and capable, but it’s also one heck of a good-looking SUV.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise; All Jeep vehicles are beautiful. Not only does the 2021 Cherokee sport the standard Jeep fare, like the iconic slotted grille, premium LED headlamps, and a sporty fascia, but it’s also available in up to 12 different colors. The CR-V, on the other hand, offers a total of eight exterior paint color options.

Also, the CR-V only features more standard shades like gray, black, red, and blue. The Cherokee instead branches out a bit with its options, giving drivers choices like Olive Green, Spitfire Orange, Light Brownstone, and a deep reddish-purple shade called Sangria.

Overall, the look of the 2021 CR-V isn’t nearly as modern as the Cherokee’s. It just looks like your standard SUV, while the Jeep Cherokee looks better prepared to take on some more strenuous drives and more dynamic adventures.

Jeep Cherokee vs. Honda CR-V: Safety Features 

Jeep CherokeeThe Jeep Cherokee and Honda CR-V both offer robust safety features to protect drivers, like standard Forward Collision Warning and a rear backup camera.

The CR-V comes standard with many features from the Honda Sensing® suite, like the Lane Keeping Assist System and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow. Similarly, the Jeep Cherokee features standard LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and offers Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go as an available upgrade.

The Jeep Cherokee, however, offers Blind Spot Monitoring along with Rear Cross Path Detection as a standard feature. This blind spot monitor will help you switch over to a different lane when the road is clear. To help you reverse your vehicle, Rear Cross Path Detection will let you know if another car might be driving behind you. Unfortunately, while the Honda CR-V does have a Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor, it does not come standard like on the Jeep model.

Additionally, the Cherokee offers more available safety like ParkSense® Rear Park Assist with Stop. This system will help you back up more comfortably and avoid hitting any objects. The “Stop” function can even bring your vehicle to a stop to avoid colliding an object in your vehicle’s driving path. The Honda CR-V does offer front and rear parking sensors, but they’re only available on the highest trim level of the hybrid model.

There’s also the available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist with Full Stop on the Jeep Cherokee. When you upgrade to have this feature, you can now take on those parallel spots with the help of your vehicle. This handy feature will figure out the best positioning to get your vehicle into the spot while directing you to shift gears and operate both the brake and accelerator. Unfortunately, you won’t find this type of parking assistance feature on the Honda CR-V.


Test Drive the 2021 Jeep Cherokee Today! 

Wilsonville CDJR is happy to feature the Jeep Cherokee in our inventory and recommend it for drivers over the Honda CR-V. Its impressive capability, performance, and features make it a great choice for drivers in Portland, Woodburn, or Wilsonville, OR, who need a strong SUV for different adventures.  You can also have the chance to pick out a pretty cool paint option when you go for this model.

To take the 2021 Jeep Cherokee for a test drive. To learn even more about this impressive model, contact our team today!

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