Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Edge: Off-Road Traction or Paved-Road Performance, Which SUV Is For You?

The car-based crossover SUVs that dominate today’s new-vehicle marketplace were never intended to replace off-road trucks and utilities, but a market is emerging nonetheless for crossovers that can handle some rough going.

Among recent additions to the crossover landscape are the Subaru Outback Wilderness, the Toyota RAV4 Adventure, and the Ford Explorer Timberline.

Of course, those models are all playing catchup to Jeep, which for years has been making crossovers (and outright SUVs, of course) that go off the beaten track. Consider the Cherokee, which starts out as a modest front-wheel drive model but offers a rugged Trailhawk trim with serious off-road credentials.

For this comparison, the Jeep Cherokee goes up against the Ford Edge, another popular crossover vehicle, but one that aims for mass-market appeal

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Jeep Cherokee vs Toyota RAV4: Which One is the Compact Crossover SUV Champ?

These days, the compact crossover SUV segment is front-and-center in the auto industry.

These vehicles have largely replaced the mid-size sedan category as the ride of choice for family drivers seeking useful interior space, a combination of good performance and thrifty fuel economy, and sensible pricing.

Jeep’s Cherokee is one of the oldest nameplates in the compact SUV class and helped popularize utility vehicles of all sizes. The Cherokee went on hiatus in 2001, after which it was replaced by the Liberty, but returned in 2014 as a thoroughly modern crossover engineered for a more car-like drive with options that recall its namesake’s off-road toughness.

The Toyota RAV4 has been a mainstay of the compact crossover category since the late 1990s but has grown to the point that it now nearly qualifies as a mid-size vehicle. In recent years, Toyota has added options that enhance the RAV4’s towing and off-road capabilities.

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Ford Bronco Sport vs Jeep Cherokee: Which SUV is Right for You?

They might compete in two different segments, but the Ford Bronco Sport and Jeep Cherokee have similar mission statements.

What we’re looking at here is the likely volume leader of the new Bronco family. As cool as the new Bronco is—very, and you should read our in-depth launch article about it—the realities of the current market suggest the Bronco Sport will sell in larger numbers. It’s the more everyday-friendly package, while still offering increased off-road prowess over anything else in the sub-compact class. In that way, it’s arguably more of a unique entry in the landscape.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $34,895 - $40,940
Engine / 2.4-liter 4-cylinder / 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
Power / 180 hp / 270 hp
Torque / 171 lb-ft / 295 lb-ft
Drivetrain / AWD
Transmission / 9AT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) / 20–21 mpg / 26–29 mpg
Cargo Capacity / 25.8 cu ft

Our Final Verdict

Jeep Cherokee

3.4
Performance 7.0
Features 7.0
Comfort 7.0
Quality and Styling 6.0
Value 7.0