2016 Honda CR-V vs 2016 Jeep Cherokee
The 2016 Honda CR-V has defined the crossover segment for College Place and Kennewick drivers, outperforming competitors like the 2016 Jeep Cherokee with ease. Greater storage space, the ability to earn up to 33 mpg, and a stronger list of standard features ensures that the CR-V is a top pick among local families.
- LX: The entry-level LX includes a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system, and an SMS texting function, and split folding rear seats.
- SE: The all-new SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, and a top of the line security system.
- EX: The EX provides an array of upgrades, including a 7-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, one-touch power moonroof, fog lights, and a 10-way power driver’s seat.
- EX-L: The EX-L takes comfort as its priority, indulging occupants with leather-trimmed seats, dual-zone climate controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an automatic dimming rearview mirror.
- Touring: The Touring provides a score of driver assistance technologies from its Honda Sensing package, and also adds a Honda satellite navigation system, power liftgate, and HomeLink remote system.
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee provides four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited. The Sport starts by offering air conditioning, cruise control, floor mats, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, while even the upper-level Limited provides only the sort of features you’d expect from a mid-level trim, such as 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a keyless entry system.
Powertrains and MPG
The Cherokee offers two engines:
- 2.4L Four-Cylinder: Rated at 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, it makes up to a mediocre 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
- 3.2L V6: Rated at 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque, it makes a maximum of just 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
The 3.2L V6 provides more power than most College Place and Kennewick drivers will ever need, and it thirsts for fuel so ardently that you’ll find yourself spending more than your fair share of time and money topping up. The 2.4L is hardly a worthy alternative; it is both less powerful and less efficient than the CR-V’s four-cylinder.
- Standard Cargo Space: Up to 37.2 cubic feet in the CR-V vs. just 24.6 in the Cherokee.
- Extended Cargo Space: Up to 70.9 cubic feet in the CR-V vs. only 54.9 in the Cherokee.
Comfort and Convenience Features
In contrast, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee fails to make several now expected technologies standard across the board, including:
- Rearview Camera: You’ll need to pick up a Cherokee Latitude to see behind your vehicle while reversing; the CR-V equips as standard a multi-angle model with three viewing modes and handy guidelines.
- Automatic Headlights: Each and every CR-V will automatically turn on its headlights when it gets dark. They’re a small feature, but always a welcome one, and you won’t receive them as standard with the Cherokee.
- CD Player: Even something as basic as a CD player is missing from the Cherokee, something that is extremely rare for even an econobox vehicle.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Forward Collision Monitoring
However, while the 2016 Honda CR-V aced NHTSA crash simulations with a five-star score and received a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee received only four stars and missed out on any kind of award from the IIHS, having been rated as “Marginal” in terms of small front overlap protection.
The 2016 Honda CR-V Outperforms the 2016 Jeep Cherokee
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee might offer an extra burst of power to appeal to serious off-roaders, but it’s a disappointment for anyone who needs an all-purpose family crossover; if that’s what you’re looking for, head down to Walla Walla Valley Honda to ask about the 2016 Honda CR-V or contact our team today. We look forward to putting our College Place and Kennewick customers behind the wheel of this versatile crossover SUV!
* Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.