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2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Toyota RAV4

The popularity of compact crossovers and SUVs is higher than its ever been, which means your options are more extensive than ever too. Though we are passionate about the Jeep models we offer at Parks Motors, we don't want you to just take our word for it. That's why we frequently put our vehicles to the test, in this case matching up the 2017 Jeep Cherokee vs the 2017 Toyota RAV4.

One of the things that has always separated the Jeep Cherokee from other vehicles in its class is its off-road capability. This shows in the Cherokee's three available 4x4 systems. Whereas the RAV4 offers just a couple AWD options, the Cherokee is available with a Jeep Active Drive I system that only engages when necessary in order to maximize fuel efficiency, Jeep Active Drive II for a better low range and Jeep Active Drive Lock that adds a mechanical rear axle lock.

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2017 Jeep Cherokee VS 2017 Toyota RAV4
Starting at $23,595 MSRP Starting at $24,910
Up to 4,500 pounds Towing Capacity Up to 1,750 pounds
184 hp, 171 lb.-ft. of torque Standard Engine Specs 176 hp, 172 lb.-ft. of torque
Jeep Active Drive I, II, or Lock 4x4/AWD Dynamic Torque-Control or Electronic On-Demand with Intelligence

More Variety and Capability from the 2017 Cherokee

That isn't the only area in which the Jeep Cherokee offers more variety, though. In addition to delivering more horsepower than the RAV4 when comparing standard configurations, the Cherokee is also available with a 3.2-liter PENTASTAR V6 putting out 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque. Now, the RAV4 is available with a hybrid powertrain, but it fails to deliver significantly more power than the RAV4's standard power plant, with only 194 horsepower.

When equipped with that V6 engine, as well as the Trailer Tow Group, the 2017 Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pounds. Towing capacity is another area where the Cherokee stands high above others in the segment, such as the RAV4, which can only tow up to 1,750 pounds. Those who stick with the Cherokee's standard 2.4-liter Tigershark engine can still beat that with a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.

Although we can't compare every detail between the 2017 Jeep Cherokee vs the 2017 Toyota RAV4, we'd be happy to teach you more about the Cherokee here at Parks Motors. Contact us today with your questions or to schedule a test drive.

2017 Jeep Cherokee climbing a hill
2017 Jeep Cherokee driving in water
2017 Jeep Cherokee cargo space
2017 Jeep Cherokee with panoramic sunroof