Compare 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 Fairfax, VA

For drivers who have high expectations for their next crossover SUV's functionality, the Subaru Forester and the Jeep Cherokee could be top picks. These compact crossover SUVs are known for their impressive capabilities and overall ruggedness, but there are notable differences between them. Which model will you focus on after you get to know them in great detail?


Today’s Forester is included in a generation that debuted only a few years ago, so its façade is undeniably modern. Simultaneously, features like skid plates, a sunroof, raised roof rails, lower-body molding, and foglamps elevate the Forester’s functionality in a wide range of situations. In comparison, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee is part of a generation that launched a decade ago. The recognizable body style is combined with some of the same exterior features that the Forester has. However, you will need to upgrade to a higher trim level to enjoy foglamps, a sunroof, and several other features.


The two-row Forester's spaciousness is highlighted by premium leather material with two tones, contrast stitching, and a layered dashboard design. The angled center stack holds the infotainment system’s digital screen, air vents, and the climate system’s controls in select or all trims. Smart device integration, heated seats, USB ports, and other equipment are included or available in the 2021 Forster. In the 2021 Jeep Cherokee, the dashboard is relatively smooth and nondescript. The center stack juts outward slightly, and it carries the display screen, manual controls for temperature management, and large air vents.


Despite the Forester’s more manageable sales price, both models are loaded with a four-cylinder engine with roughly similar capabilities. The Forester has symmetrical all-wheel drive as a standard feature for all trim levels. The base drivetrain for the Cherokee is front-wheel drive. The Forester also comes with X-Mode, traction control, hill descent control, dynamics control, and a few other features.

Our Farrish Subaru associates can support your review of the Forester’s trim levels when you stop by soon. To arrange a test drive meeting with us, contact the Farrish Subaru sales department today.

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