Subaru Outback  vs Jeep Cherokee 

Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

  • $32k
  • 3.6L
  • 17 city 25 hwy
Angle view of Subaru Outback
The Outback's exterior styling looks even sleeker for 2013 thanks to new headlights, a redesigned front bumper and a more prominent grille.
by KBB (May, 2013)
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Jeep Cherokee Sport

  • $23k
  • 2.4L
  • 22 city 31 hwy
Front view of Jeep Cherokee
The front end splits its headlamps and underplays the grille-the one design detail that connotes Jeep no matter where it's seen, around the world.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Outback vs Cherokee

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Subaru Outback

Reasons to consider the
Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

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Jeep Cherokee Sport

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Saves on fuel $2,151 vs $2,741 More than 20% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Cheaper annual cost $6,750 vs $9,160 More than 25% less expensive per year
Lower MSRP $23k vs $32k Around 30% cheaper sticker price
Higher EPA highway mileage 31 MPG vs 25 MPG Around 25% better on the interstate
Higher EPA city mileage 22 MPG vs 17 MPG Around 30% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
Better highway driving range 489 miles vs 462 miles More than 5% further range on the interstate
Slightly better city driving range 347 miles vs 314 miles More than 10% further in the city

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$32,095 18.6¢/mile Subaru Outback
Jeep Cherokee $22,995 14.6¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Jeep Cherokee is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
 
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Subaru Outback Jeep Cherokee
Price $6,419 ($32,095) $4,599 ($22,995)
Fuel $2,795 (3,776 gallons) $2,193 (2,964 gallons)
City 17 MPG 22 MPG
Highway 25 MPG 31 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Outback  vs Cherokee 

9.2
9.8
Shifts weren't whip fast in the four-cylinder model, and with the V-6 I wasn't able to shift among the higher gears manually.
Cherokee Sport

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Outback  vs
Cherokee 
Brand Subaru Jeep
Model year 2014 2014
City range 314 miles 347 miles
Highway range 462 miles 489 miles
MSRP $32k $23k
Annual cost $9,160 $6,750

power & handling

Max torque 247 ft-lb @ 4,400 RPM 171 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM
Max HP 256 HP @ 6,000 RPM 184 HP @ 6,250 RPM
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 feet 37.6 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes No
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard N/A
CD player Standard Optional, $195
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Optional, $195
Entertainment system Optional, $1,609 N/A

features

Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,445 N/A
Navigation system Optional, $2,745 N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Optional, $335 Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard

engine & drivetrain

Outback  vs
Cherokee 
Engine size 3.6L 2.4L
Air compressor None None
Fuel
Gas
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 5-speed Automatic 4x4 9-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.4 in Ventilated Disc 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.42 in Ventilated Disc 10.94 in Disc
Front wheel width 225 225
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60 60

safety features

Active head restraints Yes Yes
Airbags
Side
Passenger
Rear side
Knee
Head curtain
Driver
Rear side w/head
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A Optional, $345
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 71.7 in 73.2 in
Front track width 61 in 62 in
Height 65.8 in 65.7 in
Ground clearance 8.7 in 5.7 in
Length 189 in 182 in
Wheelbase 107.9 in 106.3 in
Tow weight 3,000 2,000
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 57 ft³ 54 ft³
Rear seat room 48 ft³ 49 ft³
Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
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