Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2019 Jeep Cherokee Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2019 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Cherokee:

 

CR-V

Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.3/0 kN

3.5/1.6 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.52/.69

.84/.45

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee was not a “Top Pick” for 2018.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 30 points higher than the Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 13 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the CR-V LX is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

 

CR-V

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

10.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

 

 

CR-V

Cherokee

 

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

V6/Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

21 city/27 hwy

4 cyl./Auto Active Drive II

 

 

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

4 cyl./Auto Trailhawk

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto Active Drive II

 

 

n/a

18 city/24 hwy

V6/Auto Trailhawk

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Cherokee with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

 

CR-V

Cherokee

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Cherokee (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CR-V’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The CR-V’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 600 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4 (40 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cherokee (105.9 vs. 103.5).

The CR-V has .7 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the CR-V’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

Economic Advantages Comparison

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 49.22% to 51.49% of its original price after five years, while the Cherokee only retains 41.2% to 43.04%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Cherokee, including $18 less for a water pump, $444 less for an alternator, $81 less for front brake pads, $90 less for fuel injection, $385 less for a fuel pump, $294 less for a timing belt/chain and $31 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $3236 to $7028 less than for the Jeep Cherokee.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Cherokee isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cherokee isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Cherokee has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Jeep Cherokee by over two to one during 2017.

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