2021 Jeep Cherokee
Features & Specs
2021 Subaru Forester
Parking Assistance
Not Available
9-Speed Automatic
40.3 in.
Rear Leg Room
39.4 in.
5 Passengers
Seating Capacity
5 Passengers

2021 Jeep Cherokee vs 2021 Subaru Forester

When you are ready to buy a new vehicle, finding the model that best suits your needs can be one of the most exciting parts of the process! It can also be pretty overwhelming because there are a lot of models on the market to sort through. That is why we had our team here at Bud's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram create this handy comparison review, pitting two of the most popular models on the market against each other to help you determine which one best suits your needs. In this comparison, on the left side is the 2021 Jeep Cherokee and on the right side, the 2021 Subaru Forester. Keep reading to find out which one comes out on top!

2021 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

There are three engines powering the Cherokee. The base engine is a 2.4L inline-4 that generates 180 hp and 171 pound-feet of torque. There are two additional engines offered for the upper trims. The first is a 3.2L V6 that generates 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque and the second is a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 that produces 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. All three engines offer both FWD and 4WD configurations and come paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission that provides smooth shift changes time after time.

2021 Subaru Forester Power & Handling

Each Subaru Forester trim level is powered by the same engine in the 2021 model year. This 2.5L Boxer flat-4 engine pumps out 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. Subaru pairs this engine with a continuously variable transmission, also known as a CVT, that simulates the feel of a 7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. Each trim comes standard with all-wheel drive.

2021 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

Drivers have five Cherokee trim levels to choose from in the 2021 model year. The base trim, called the Latitude, comes outfitted with features like cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a backup camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated side mirrors, cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The upper trim levels build on that with features like keyless entry and ignition, remote engine start, heated front seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, automatic dual-zone climate control, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control, and a self-dimming rearview mirror. The Trailhawk trim level comes outfitted with more off-roading oriented features like Active Drive Lock with a locking rear axle, all-terrain tires, off-road suspension tuning, Selec-Terrain with crawl control and the additional Rock mode, and skid plates.

2021 Subaru Forester Features & Design

There are also five Forester trim levels to choose from in the 2021 model year. The base trim is outfitted with automatic climate control, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 17-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, automatic climate control, and EyeSight safety features. The upper trims add additional features like heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, fog lights, larger wheels, two rear USB ports, leather upholstery, an 8-inch touchscreen, a power tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon sound system, and an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation.


While the Subaru Forester had a lot to offer, the Jeep Cherokee wins for us! Not only does the Cherokee offer three stellar engine options, it comes with Jeep's Selec-Terrain management system and five trims levels outfitted to meet all your needs. Come on down to Bud's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to check out the 2021 Jeep Cherokee in person!

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