2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Jeep Cherokee
2020 Subaru Forester 2020 Jeep Cherokee
Starting MSRP *
  $24,495 $25,840
MPG (City/Highway) **
  26/33 22/31
Cargo Space
  76.1 cu. ft. 54.7 cu. ft.

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Jeep Cherokee

Serving New Bern, NC

The Subaru name inevitably comes to mind when you think of a brand that excels in design, safety, and overall value. The Subaru Forester ranks #4 among small SUVs in 2020, while the Jeep Cherokee, which is one of the Forester's primary competitors, ranks #5. The Subaru Forester offers a larger, more comfortable, and more storage-savvy interior than the Cherokee, and it also has more storage space in the back. The Forester gets top-notch safety technology as a standard amenity, including the company's award-winning EyeSight technology, which is a standard feature on all trim levels of the Subaru Forester. The Forester also provides exceptional value across the lineup, and it has class-leading ground clearance. In comparison, the Cherokee has a less spacious interior and less cargo capacity. While it offers some driver-assist safety aids, you have to pay extra for most that are standard in the Subaru.


The 2020 Subaru Forester might be built for adventure, but its comfortable and amenity-packed interior will get you where you need to go in style and comfort. The Subaru Forester has seating for five people and seats that split and fold to make room for storage. The Forester gets comfortable leather as its seating material on the top trim. Starting with the second trim, the Forester adds a power-operated driver's seat, heated seats, and a standard all-weather package. The Jeep Cherokee only offers a power-operated driver's seat on the lower-level trims as an optional feature. Heated seats are not available on all trim levels, and there is less cargo capacity.

Safety & Technology

The 2020 Forester is equipped with some of the most sophisticated safety technology available. The Forester gets Subaru's signature EyeSight technology, which is a package of advanced driver-assist safety aids that includes blind-spot monitoring, forward collision avoidance, and automatic emergency braking. The Subaru also comes with a backup camera and push-button start, which are not found on the Jeep. The Subaru also offers WiFi and a standard All-Weather package, while all of the Jeep's packages are available for an extra cost.


Overall, the 2020 Subaru Forester provides tremendous value. Even at the base level, it is loaded with many advanced driver-assist aids, technology, and a premium interior that is comfortable and functional. The Jeep Cherokee can be accessorized and customized, but for a higher price tag than what the 2020 Subaru Forester provides. The Subaru also has more add-on options and packages than the Jeep.

* Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.
** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. For Crosstrek Hybrid, EPA-estimated MPG equivalent on a full battery charge. Actual mileage will vary.