2021 Jeep Cherokee vs Subaru Forester Noblesville IN

2021 Jeep Cherokee
Features & Specs
2021 Subaru Forester
Parking Assistance
Not Available
38.5 in
Rear Head Room
37.7 in
40.3 in
Rear Leg Room
39.4 in

2021 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2021 Subaru Forester

Is it time to get a new SUV for you and your family? Great! We know it can be difficult selecting the best option with so many makes and models out there, which is why we here at Kahlo Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM want to help. Two of the best models out there right now are the 2021 Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Forester. Both of these SUV would make a terrific addition to any driveway, but which one has the advantage? For the answer, we have pitted these two legendary SUVs against one another. Continue reading to see which one comes out on top!

2021 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

Three amazing engines are available for the 2021 Cherokee, and you’ll never be short on power with any of them! Standard on the first few trims is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Going with the Latitude Lux trim offers two magnificent options. The first is a 3.2-liter V6 that pumps out 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque, and the second is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Each engine connects to a smooth sailing nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive with the option of four-wheel-drive if you choose. If you go with off-road-focused Trailhawk, the four-wheel-drive comes standard.

2021 Subaru ForesterPower & Handling

Only one engine is available for the Subaru Forester. It’s a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that kicks out 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque and pairs with a continuously variable automatic transmission. While it’s a touch underpowered when you compare it to the Cherokee’s V6 and turbocharged four-cylinder, you do get standard all-wheel-drive with every trim.

2021 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

Five trims are available for the Cherokee, and each comes with a ton of available features that are sure to impress. Things start with the Latitude, which comes with power front windows, exterior mirrors with a heating element, supplemental turn signals, courtesy lamps, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Next is the Latitude Plus, which adds heated front seats, premium-wrapped heated steering wheel, remote start, keyless entry, and push-button start. You also get wonderful options, such as dual-zone climate control. Tons of luxury features are available with the Latitude Lux, such as Nappa leather seats, power front seats with power lumbar adjuster, and a windshield wiper de-icer. If you’re into off-roading, the Trailhawk is for you as it has premium features such as an advanced all-wheel-drive system, wider wheels and all-terrain tires, and increased ground clearance. You also get off-road-oriented suspension tuning, a locking rear differential, hill ascent and descent control, skid plates, and tow hooks. Last stop is the Limited, which rounds out the features list with leather upholstery, an upgraded driver display in the gauge cluster, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen.

2021 Subaru ForesterFeatures & Design

There are also five trims are available with the 2021 Forester, but there are some interesting features on each. Kicking things off is the base with 17-inch steel wheels, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, automatic climate control, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Next is the Premium, which builds on the base with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, keyless entry and ignition, a panoramic sunroof, tinted rear windows, and an all-weather package with heated front seats. Optional is a power liftgate. Higher trims of the Forester get more tech and performance-enhanced items such as dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, power liftgate, rear automatic braking, heated rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel.


There is a lot to love about both of these SUVs, but we will give the victory to the Jeep Cherokee! The Cherokee has more powerful engine options and more features than the Forester. We highly recommend taking a test drive of the Cherokee by heading down to Kahlo Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM and scheduling one with our amazing team. If you have any questions about the legendary Jeep Cherokee, please don’t hesitate to ask. Can’t make it down to the dealership, but are still interested in the Cherokee? Check out our extensive inventory here on our website.