2018 Jeep Cherokee vs Honda CR-V

The small crossover market has grown fiercely competitive in recent years, as drivers clamor to get behind the wheel of these highly functional and stylish vehicles.

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee and the Honda CR-V are two of the most popular crossovers available today. However, which will best suit your Penn Yan, Geneva, Watkins Glen, or Hammondsport lifestyle? Check out this Cherokee vs. CR-V comparison by the Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram team to find out.

2018 Jeep Cherokee vs Honda CR-V: Performance Specs

Crossovers may be smaller than full-size SUVs. Nevertheless, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be capable of producing comparable power.

The base engines for both the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and the Honda CR-V have some similarities. Each has a 4-cylinder powertrain capable of producing 184 horsepower—and that’s definitely a solid amount of power. However, it may not always be enough to charge through off-road conditions.

Fortunately, the Cherokee offers an even more powerful option. In this crossover, you can also choose an available 3.2L Pentastar® V6 engine. This engine produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. You won’t have that kind of power in the CR-V.

Off-Road Capabilities

One of the reasons why drivers love crossovers is that they can easily jump between the highways and backroads with ease. This makes them great road trip vehicles.

Luckily, both the Cherokee and the CR-V offer drivetrains capable of handling the backroads. In the Cherokee, you’ll have 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrain options for every trim. In the CR-V, you can add in the available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™.

The AWD system in the CR-V is certainly good for powering through poor weather. Nevertheless, it doesn’t have the same off-roading or rock-crawling capabilities as the Jeep Cherokee.

The Jeep Cherokee has options such as Jeep Active Drive I & II, as well as Jeep Active Drive Lock. The latter feature, which is standard on the off-road-ready Trailhawk trim but available on others, includes a mechanical rear axle lock and Selec-Terrain® Traction Management Rock Mode. With these features, you can rock-crawl while also driving through snow, sand, or mud.

Cherokee vs CR-V: Towing Capacity

Last but not least, if you’re heading off on an adventure, you may need to tow a trailer or some added equipment. How will each of these crossovers fare in that scenario?

The Honda CR-V, even when equipped with available AWD and its other equipment, can only tow up to 1,500 pounds. So, heavier hauls are going to be out of the question.

Even with its base 4-cylinder powertrain, the Cherokee still beats this with a max capacity of 2,000 pounds. However, with its V6, 4×4 configuration, and all available equipment, it can haul as much as 4,500 pounds.

Find Your Next Crossover Today

We at Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram proudly serve the Penn Yan, Geneva, Watkins Glen, Hammondsport areas. Come test drive the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and feel the versatility and power of this capable crossover vehicle.

Contact us today to schedule your Cherokee test drive!