Jeep Cherokee Vs. Subaru Outback

By Justin Cupler | July 22nd, 2019

The crossover segment delivers a lot to buyers, including SUV-style and more wagon-like models. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee boasts a more SUV-like style, and the 2019 Subaru Outback offers a unique wagon-like design. Which is the better option for our Saginaw area buyers? Find out below. 

Exterior

The Subaru Outback went through its last redesign back in 2015, but this was more of an evolutionary rework than a complete redo. That said, the 2019 Outback is still a good-looking crossover that features more of a wagon look than an SUV. This unique design also includes a large glasshouse that provides the driver with plenty of outward visibility. 

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is refreshed, bringing in a new, more traditional front end looks and a new rear end. Unlike the Outback, the 2019 Cherokee takes on a more traditional crossover SUV look, but it still boasts the rounded nose that set it apart from most crossovers when it debuted. Helping further set the Cherokee apart is its Trailhawk model that adds extra body cladding, rugged wheels, and a matte-black hood accent for a more rugged look.  

Measurement 2019 Jeep Cherokee 2019 Subaru Outback Difference
Length 182.9 to 183.1 inches 189.9 inches -7 to -6.8 inches
Width 73.2 inches 72.4 inches +0.8 inches
Height 65.7 to 67.8 inches 66.1 to 66.5 inches -0.8 to +1.7 inches
Wheelbase 106.8 to 107.1 inches 108.1 inches -1.3 to -1 inches
Ground Clearance 8.7 inches (max) 8.7 inches
Curb weight 3,590 to 4,260 pounds 3,624 to 3,902 pounds -636 to +312 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Outback

  • Traditional Subaru look buyers are used to
  • Unique wagon-like design

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Cherokee

  • New, more timid looks
  • Rugged Trailhawk model
  • Upscale appearance in its higher trim level
  • Tons of LED lighting

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Subaru Outback is quite the looker with its clean dash, wood trimming, three-post steering wheel, and standard 6.5-inch infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The upscale looks of the Outback go further in the higher trims that add leather upholstery, a 12-speaker audio system, an 8-inch infotainment system, and more.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee’s interior is a little more basic than the Outback’s but some buyers prefer this simpler look. As you move up the trim levels, the Cherokee gains premium features like an 8.5-inch touchscreen, Nappa leather seating, and ventilated seats. These premium features give the Cherokee a big advantage over the Outback when it comes to more discerning buyers. 

Measurement 2019 Jeep Cherokee 2019 Subaru Outback Difference
Front headroom 37.9 to 39.4 inches 38.3 to 40.8 inches -2.9 to +1.1 inches
Front legroom 41.1 inches 42.9 inches -1.8 inches
Front shoulder room 57.6 inches 58.1 inches -0.5 inches
Front hip room 53.8 inches 55.5 inches -1.7 inches
Rear headroom 38.5 inches 38.9 inches -0.4 inches
Rear legroom 40.3 inches 38.1 inches +2.2 inches
Rear shoulder room 55.1 inches 58.1 inches -3 inches
Rear hip room 49.9 inches 55 inches -5.1 inches
Cargo room (behind second-row seats) 25.8 cubic feet 35.5 cubic feet -9.7 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first-row seats) 54.7 cubic feet 73.3 cubic feet -18.6 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Outback

  • Plenty of seating room
  • Massive cargo area
  • Loads of standard safety equipment

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Cherokee

  • Simpler interior
  • Special look in the Trailhawk model
  • Upscale Nappa leather option

Performance

The 2019 Subaru Outback has two engine options. The base powerplant is a 2.5-liter boxer-four engine that pumps 175 horsepower through a continuously variable transmission and out to all four wheels. This adds up to a pedestrian 9.4-second 0-to-60 time. Optionally, buyers can add a 3.6-liter boxer-six engine that bumps the power to 256 horses and drops the 0-to-60 time to 6.9 seconds. This powertrain also comes standard with all-wheel drive. 

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee comes standard with a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that mates to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This engine comes standard with front-wheel drive and delivers a 10.5-second 0-to-60 time. With its optional 3.2-liter V-6 engine, the 2019 Cherokee’s power jumps to 271 horsepower, and its 0-to-60 time falls to 7.5 seconds. Topping the 2019 Cherokee range is a turbocharged 2.0-liter with 270 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque that sprints this small crossover to 60 mph in just seven seconds. 

While the 2019 Outback is plenty capable off the beaten path, the 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk is superior with its off-road suspension and advanced four-wheel-drive system. 

 

2019 Jeep Cherokee 2019 Subaru Outback Difference
Standard engine 2.4-liter 4-cyl 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 180 hp at 6,400 rpm 175 hp at 5,800 rpm +5 hp
Torque 171 lb-ft at 4,600 rpm 174 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm -3 lb-ft
Transmission 9-spd automatic CVT w/ 6-spd manual mode
Driveline FWD (std) / 4WD (opt) AWD
0-60 time 10.5 seconds 9.4 seconds +1.1 seconds
Towing capacity 2,000 pounds 2,700 pounds -700 pounds
MPG City 21 to 22 mpg 25 mpg -4 to -3 mpg
MPG Highway 29 to 31 mpg 32 mpg -3 to -1 mpg
MPG Combined 24 to 25 mpg 28 mpg -4 to -3 mpg
Optional engine 3.2-liter V-6 3.6-liter H-6
Horsepower 271 hp at 6,500 rpm 256 hp at 6,000 rpm +15 hp
Torque 239 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm 247 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm -8 lb-ft
Transmission 9-spd automatic CVT w/ 6-spd manual mode
Driveline FWD (std) / 4WD (opt) AWD
0-60 time 7.5 seconds 6.9 seconds +0.6 seconds
Towing capacity 4,500 pounds 2,700 pounds +1,800 pounds
MPG City 18 to 20 mpg 20 mpg -2 to +0 mpg
MPG Highway 24 to 29 mpg 27 mpg -3 to +2 mpg
MPG Combined 21 to 23 mpg 22 mpg -1 to +1 mpg
Optional engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 270 hp at 5,250 rpm
+14 hp
Torque 295 lb-ft at 3,000 to 4,500 rpm
+48 lb-ft
Transmission 9-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std) / 4WD (opt)
0-60 time 7 seconds
-0.5 seconds
Towing capacity 4,000 pounds
-1,300 pounds
MPG City 20 to 23 mpg
+0 to +3 mpg
MPG Highway 26 to 31 mpg
-1 to +4 mpg
MPG Combined 22 to 26 mpg
+0 to +4 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Outback

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Superior all-wheel-drive fuel economy
  • Smoother ride

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Cherokee

  • More power
  • Zippy turbocharged option
  • Trailhawk delivers great off-road performance
  • Superior towing capacity
  • Better base fuel economy

Pricing and Features

There are seven trim levels in the 2019 Jeep Cherokee lineup — Latitude, Latitude Plus, Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk, High Altitude, and Overland — and their starting prices range from $25,740 to $36,995.

 

The 2019 Subaru Outback lineup has six trims: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 3.6R Limited, and 3.6R Touring. Their starting prices range from $26,345 to $38,995.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Latitude: $25,740

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electric power steering
  • Normal-duty suspension
  • Cruise control
  • 17-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Tire-service kit
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Active grille shutters
  • Black headlight bezels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color, heated, power mirrors
  • Chrome grille surrounds
  • Rear window wiper
  • Black MIC fascia applique
  • Keyless entry with panic alarm
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Six-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Rear-seat heat ducts
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Eight cargo tie-down loops
  • Air conditioning
  • 3.5-inch back-and-white driver-information display
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Power windows with one-touch driver’s window
  • Rear armrest with cup holder
  • Power door locks
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Urethane shift knob
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Vinyl door trim
  • AM/FM six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Audio-input jack
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Voice command
  • Remote USB port
  • Uconnect 4 infotainment system
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Tire fill alert

 

Latitude Plus: $27,395

  • All Latitude features, plus
  • 17-inch Satin-Carbon aluminum wheels
  • Puddle lights
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Fold-away mirrors
  • Cloth-and-premium-vinyl seats
  • Power four-way driver’s seat lumbar
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • One-touch up/down windows
  • Premium-wrapped steering wheel
  • USB charging port in the console bin
  • Ambient LED interior lighting
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Keyless ignition
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

Altitude: $28,390

  • All Latitude Plus features, plus
  • 18-inch gloss-black five-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Gloss-black grille surrounds 

 

Limited: $31,450

  • All Altitude features, plus
  • Chrome grille surrounds
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Bright front door-sill scuff pads
  • Satin-chrome fascia appliques
  • Remote ignition
  • Heated front seats
  • Two-position memory for radio, driver’s seat, and mirrors
  • Power four-way passenger’s side lumbar support
  • Power passenger’s seat
  • Premium-leather seating
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 7-inch configurable driver0-information center
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Humidity sensor
  • Power liftgate
  • Premium air filter
  • Universal garage door opener
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Nine-speaker audio system with amplifier and touchscreen
  • 18-inch polished and painted aluminum wheels
  • Security alarm

 

Trailhawk: $34,195

  • All Latitude Plus features, plus
  • 3.2-liter V-6 engine
  • Dual bright exhaust tips
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Selec-Terrain traction management
  • Off-road suspension
  • Jeep active drive lock
  • 17-inch painted and polished wheels
  • All-terrain tires
  • Rear fascia skid plate applique
  • Accent color surround
  • Accent-color side-view mirror
  • Accent-solar roof rails
  • Cloth-and-premium-vinyl seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Power, heated mirrors with turn signals and courtesy lights
  • 7-inch driver-information center
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • UConnect 4C infotainment center
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic monitoring

 

High Altitude: $34,990

  • All Limited features, plus
  • 3.2-liter V-6
  • Engine-oil cooler
  • 19-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels
  • Dual bright exhaust tips
  • Gloss-black roof rails
  • Body-color cladding
  • Body-color sill moldings
  • Body-color fascias
  • Body-color wheel flares
  • SiriusXM Traffic Plus service
  • SiriusXM TravelLink service
  • Navigation
  • HD Radio
  • UConnect 4C NAV infotainment system
  • Navigation

 

Overland: $36,995

  • All High Altitude features, plus
  • 19-inch polished wheels
  • Premium insulation group
  • Chrome grille surrounds
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Acoustic-laminated front door glass
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Body-color shark-fin antenna
  • Charcoal painted grille texture
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Sliding second-row seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Nappa leather seats
  • Leather-wrapped instrument panel
  • Premium Berber floor mats
  • Wood-and-leather-wrapped steering wheel

2019 Subaru Outback Key Features and Pricing by Trim

2.5i: $26,345

  • 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine
  • All-wheel drive
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • X-MODE
  • Hill-descent control
  • Active torque vectoring
  • Electronic power steering
  • Brake Assist
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Black folding mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Two-speed windshield wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Roof rails
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Silver metallic accent trim with knurled finish
  • Electronic parking brake\
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Cruise control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Shifter paddles
  • Dual front USB ports
  • Overhead console with conversation mirror and sunglasses holder
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Four cargo tie-down hooks
  • Removable cargo tray
  • Manual climate control
  • 6.5-inch STARLINK infotainment system
  • 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Pandor and Aha internet radio
  • Cloud-based apps
  • Magellan navigation
  • SiriusXM
  • AM/FM/CD four-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Sway warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Anti-theft security system

 

2.5i Premium: $28,445

  • All 2.5i features, plus
  • Fog lights
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • In-mirror compass
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Auto-up/down front power windows
  • Dual rear USB ports
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Center console
  • Removable cargo cover
  • STARLINK 8-inch infotainment center
  • Six-speaker audio system

 

2.5i Limited: $32,845

  • All 2.5i Premium features, plus
  • 18-inch black machine-finished alloy wheels
  • Power liftgate
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Woodgrain-pattern, matte-finish accent trim
  • Keyless access
  • Keyless ignition
  • Keyless entry keypad
  • 12-speaker, 576-watt Harman Kardon audio system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Lane-change alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

2.5i Touring: $36,795

  • Power sunroof
  • 18-inch machine-finish dark gray wheels
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Chrome door-handle inserts
  • Silver-finish, low-profile roof rails
  • Rear bumper protector
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Woodgrain-pattern, matte-finish accent trim with silver accents
  • Auto-up/down on all windows
  • Navigation
  • Multigesture touchscreen
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking

 

3.6R Limited: $34,995

  • All 2.5i Limited features, plus
  • 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine

 

3.6R Touring: $38,995

  • All 3.6R Limited features, plus
  • 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine

Who Should Buy the 2019 Subaru Outback?

Want a unique wagon appearance and SUV performance? The 2019 Subaru Outback offers that and more in one sharp package. Plus, with its standard all-wheel drive, the 2019 Outback is great for buyers who live in areas prone to snow. 

Who Should Buy the 2019 Jeep Cherokee?

Seeking a traditional crossover with plenty of engine options and available features? The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is the right buy for you. Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the Trailhawk model with its rugged suspension and advanced drive controls like hill-descent control and more. 

 

Ready to tackle the streets of Saginaw in an off-road-ready crossover with plenty of options? The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a great option for our Freeland, Bay City, and Midland area customers. Swing by the Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM showroom today to test drive the 2019 Jeep Cherokee. If you can’t make it to our showroom today to test drive the Cherokee, you can navigate to our online inventory page, find a Cherokee model that suits your needs, and schedule a test drive at your convenience.