2021 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Trail AWD

A perennial top pick for an SUV that delivers equal parts, luxury, off-road chops, style, and space for you and your cargo, the Jeep Cherokee has worked relentlessly to cement a storied legacy within its segment. However, with the rise of SUVs, competition is undoubtedly tough, and the Toyota RAV4 is here to challenge the top of the midsize SUV throne. Follow along with the experts here at Devon Chrysler as we compare these two SUV titans and see which is the superior choice for whatever journey you find yourself on.

Exterior Design & Features

Jeep Cherokee Design

Igniting adventure through its provoking design, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee combines bold athletic curves, with rugged styling you’d come to expect from a Jeep. Ready to take on any road less travelled, the Cherokee features the Jeep classic 7-slot grille, and a luxurious LED lighting group to help light the darkest adventures on your itinerary. For those looking for even more, the special appearance packages on the Altitude, High Altitude and 80th Anniversary Edition trim levels amp the experience of the Cherokee up to the next level.

 

 

 

Toyota RAV4 Design

Bold and unapologetic summarize the design of the 2021 Toyota RAV4. Where the Cherokee is smooth, supple, and luxurious, the RAV4 comes in aggressive, with sharp lines and angular design cues. Though the RAV4 has the riskier design, we enjoy the classiness brought forward by the 2021 Cherokee. Drivers should also note while driving on the highway, the compact RAV4 has trouble filtering out noise compared to the Cherokee, leading to noisier long-distance drives.

 

 

 

Specifications:2021 Jeep Cherokee2021 Toyota RAV4 Trail AWD
Length (mm/in)4,623 / 182.04,596 / 180.9
Width (mm/in) 1,860 / 73.2 1,854 / 73.0
Height (mm/in) 1,670 / 65.7 1,702 / 67.0
Wheelbase (mm/in) 2,705 / 106.5 2,690 / 105.9

Fuel Economy

A close competition thus far, the RAV4 does pull slightly ahead in terms of fuel economy. Drivers will receive 12.2 / 8.6 / 10.6 L (city/hwy/combined) behind the wheel of the 2021 Jeep Cherokee Altitude and its powerful Pentastar V6. The RAV4 Trail does provide more efficient numbers with its 9.4 / 7.1 / 8.5 L (city/hwy/combined) rating, and gives the option of a hybrid powertrain with the RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 Prime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuel Economy Specifications

VehicleCityHighwayCombined
2021 Jeep Cherokee Altitude 12.2L /100km 8.6L/100km 10.6L/100km
2021 Toyota RAV4 Trail AWD9.4L/100km 7.1L /100km 8.5L/100km

Performance

Though the RAV4 slightly outperforms the standard 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir engine found on the Cherokee, it is the sole powertrain for the model (not including the hybrid model). The sheer engine lineup offered on the Cherokee gives the Jeep quite the edge. Not only can you choose a 2.0L turbocharged engine for significantly more pep, but for the toughest of challenges, a 3.2L Pentastar V6 engine is available, good for 271 horses and 239 lb-ft of torque. Now that’s some serious power.

 

 

 

 

Performance Specification

VehicleEngineTorque HorsepowerTransmission
2021 Jeep Cherokee Altitude 3.2L Pentastar V6239lb-ft 2719-speed automatic
2021 Toyota RAV4 Trail AWD 2.5L 4-cylinder DOHC 184lb-ft 2038-speed automatic

Technology & Safety

Both SUVs stay neck and neck with each other in the technology and safety category. There is no shortage of advanced safety features on either model as the Cherokee and RAV4 are here to impress in this category. The RAV4 is backed by a suite of safety features from Toyota SafetySense 2.0, while the Cherokee proudly boasts over 80 standard and available safety features for the peace of mind that you demand. On the infotainment side of things, you’ll be able to keep connected to your mobile device with Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility.

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Park Assist Blind Spot MonitoringBrake stability controlBackup CameraInfotainment8.4” touchscreen
2021 Jeep Cherokee Altitude StandardStandardStandardStandard8.4” touchscreen6-speaker
2021 Toyota RAV4 Trail AWD StandardStandardStandardStandard8.0” touchscreen6-speaker

Verdict

Undoubtedly a close competition as both SUVs prove themselves as capable machines ready to have their limits pushed, the Cherokee edges out the RAV4 by its more impressive performance and when you exclude the available TRD Off-Road package from the RAV4, the off-road competition tilts even more in the Cherokee’s favour.

To learn more about the 2021 Cherokee, the rest of the Jeep model lineup, or any of FCA’s other impressive brands from Chrysler, Dodge and RAM, trust the folks at Devon Chrysler to lend a hand. Our team of professionals is here to help you along your automotive journey here in Alberta, and if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, or just need some solid service from trained technicians, we have your back. Contact us and get started with your test drive, or appointment, today.