2020 Jeep Cherokee vs Honda CR-V

The 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 2020 Jeep Cherokee and Honda CR-V are two of the most popular options available today. Which will best suit your drives around Penn Yan, Geneva, and Watkins Glen? Check out this

Cherokee vs. CR-V comparison by the Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (DCJR) team to find out.

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs Honda CR-V: Performance Specs

Crossovers may be smaller than full-size SUVs. Nevertheless, they’re more than capable of producing comparable power.

The base engines for both the Jeep Cherokee and Honda CR-V have some similarities. Each has a 4-cylinder powertrain capable of a solid amount of power for an exciting drive. However, it may not always be enough to charge through off-road conditions.

Fortunately, the Cherokee offers even more powerful options. In this vehicle, you can also choose an available 3.2-liter Pentastar® V6 engine with 271 horsepower or a 2.0-liter turbo motor outputting 270 horsepower. With only one powertrain option in the CR-V, you’re stuck with 190 horsepower.

Jeep Cherokee vs Honda CR-V: Off-Road Capabilities

One of the reasons why drivers love crossovers is 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 your choice between two 4WD systems to help refine power and stability on off-road trails. The Cherokee has options, like 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 with exclusive Rock Mode. With these features, you can rock-crawl while also driving through snow, sand, or mud.

In the Honda CR-V, you can add in the available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™. This all-wheel-drive system 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.

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 other equipment, can only tow up to 1,500 pounds. So, heavier hauls are going to be out of the question.

When properly equipped, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee can handle tows up to 4,500 pounds, allowing you to bring along a small hard-sided RV or recreational boat you’d probably have to leave behind with the CR-V.

Find Your Next Crossover Today

We at Friendly DCJR proudly serve the Penn Yan, Geneva, and Watkins Glen areas. Come test drive the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and feel the versatility and power of this capable crossover vehicle.

Contact us today to schedule your Cherokee test drive!

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