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Features Comparison: Jeep Cherokee vs. Subaru Forester

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model Cherokee Cherokee Cherokee Forester Forester Forester
Trim Sport Latitude Limited 2.5i 2.5i Premium 2.0XT Premium
Engines (show)  
2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
184 hp@6250
171 lb-ft@4800
     
3.2L V6
DOHC-4v
271 hp@6500
239 lb-ft@4400
       
2.5L H4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@5800
174 lb-ft@4100
       
turbocharged
2.0L H4
DOHC-4v
250 hp@5600
258 lb-ft@2000
         
Transmissions (show)  
9-speed manually-shiftable automatic      
6-speed manual        
CVT        
8-speed manually-shiftable CVT          
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD      
AWD
AWD w/low range        
Tires (show)  
225/60R17 tires      
225/55R18 tires        
225/60HR17 tires      
225/55HR18 tires          
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 6 speakers
Alpine, 506W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)        
Unbranded, 4 speakers          
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.  
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.          
Adaptive cruise control, all-speedAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Can bring vehicle to a complete stop then accelerate back up to set speed. Replaces regular adaptive cruise control, and includes its value.          
Cruise control    
Heated steering wheel      
Lead vehicle start alertPrompts the driver when the vehicle ahead of the car has started moving away, a sign that the light has turned green.          
Parking guidance system - activeParks the vehicle with minimal input from the driver.          
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.        
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.        
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (remote start, locks, lights, and/or HVAC) from a telephone or computer. Usually requires a monthly fee, though often as part of a package of telematics services.        
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.  
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.  
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.        
Automatic braking, low-speedAutomatically brakes car to avoid low-speed collisions.        
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.        
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Crawl controlAutomatically maintains one of a few driver-selected low speeds, for off-roading. Includes hill descent control.        
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.        
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.      
Full-size spare tire      
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.      
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.
Knee airbag, driver
Knee airbag, passenger      
Lane departure prevention system, steering-basedSteering lightly applied to help prevent the vehicle from inadvertently traveling out of its intended lane.          
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.        
Lane sway warning systemAlerts driver when the car is weaving within the lane.          
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.          
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.        
Pedestrian detectionWarns driver of pedestrians in path of car.          
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.        
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.        
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire      
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.      
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Trailer sway controlAutomatically applies a front brake to counteract sway induced by a trailer.      
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo area partition netNet extending from the floor to the ceiling to prevent cargo from flying into the passenger area during sudden stops.      
Cargo cover
Cargo net  
Cargo organizerAbove floor system for organizing cargo.
Cargo tray      
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.      
Class III trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 5,000 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.      
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Roof rackIncludes side rails and crossbars.          
Roof rack crossbarsRequires roof rails. Together constitute a roof rack.        
Roof railsNo crossbars.    
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.
Storage compartment under front seat(s)        
Trailering equipment (7 wire)Includes seven-wire harness, necessary for larger trailers.      
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.      
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.        
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.        
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.      
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.  
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.        
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.          
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.      
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.          
Satellite radio - one year subscriptionXM or Sirius with one-year subscription.      
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.      
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.    
Telematics service, such as OnStarIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system. For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.        
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.        
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.  
Voice control for audio system          
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.      
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.        
Voice textingDictate and send text messages. Usually an annual fee after a short trial period.      
Wi-Fi hotspotProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Includes internal modem, usually requires car-specific broadband service with monthly fee.        
Wiper de-icerHeating elements defrost area where front wipers rest.  
Wireless charging stationWirelessly charger for phones and audio players.          
Exterior (show)  
Additional chrome trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Black exterior trim (optional)          
Black grille (optional)          
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.      
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Deep-tinted rear windows    
Metal accent plate, lower front fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.      
Metal accent plate, lower rear fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.      
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.      
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.        
Rear bumper protector      
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.    
Sunroof, largeReplaces and includes value of smaller sunroofs.        
Wheel-lip moldingsExtensions to the wheel opening, both decorative and protective.      
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.  
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.          
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirrorPassenger-side rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.  
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.        
Automatic-off headlightsHeadlights automatically turn off.    
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.  
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.  
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.      
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.      
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.  
Interior lights, additionalOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster displayThe information displayed by the instruments can be customized. Color display(s) of at least 20 square inches.          
Map lightsFront row reading lights.      
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.  
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Rear reading lights      
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors        
Visor mirror, driver      
Visor mirror, passenger      
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.          
Powertrain (show)  
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.        
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.          
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.  
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row  
Cooled or ventilated front seats          
Door sill trim plates      
Floor mats
Folding passenger seatFor carrying long items. Possibly also useful as a work surface.        
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats  
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.          
Leather-wrapped steering wheel    
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seatsSeat adjusts back and forth to vary the split between the second row and the third row or cargo area.      
Manual height adjuster, driver seat        
Manual height adjuster, passenger seat      
Manual recliner, second row seats  
Memory system, driver seat          
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.        
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat    
Power height adjuster, driver seat    
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.        
Power recliner, driver seat    
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.    
Upgraded leather upholsteryNo additional value over leather upholstery because no way to standardize across all models.          
Upholstered instrument cluster hood      
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels  
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.          
Off-road suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Polished alloy wheelsAlloy wheels highly polished to yield an ultra-bright finish. Replace and include value of regular alloy wheels.          
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Terrain selectorSelect electronic chassis control settings for a specific terrain type.      
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.      

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Option Package Contents

Trailer Tow Group

Features
Full-size spare tire
Class III trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

Cold Weather Group

Features
All-weather floor mats
All-weather floor mats

Altitude Package

Features
Black grille (optional)
Black exterior trim (optional)
225/55R18 tires

Comfort / Convenience Group

Features
Power liftgate
Remote start

Uconnect Access

Features
SMS text-to-speech reader
Wi-Fi hotspot
App support
Remote app
Voice texting
Telematics service, such as OnStar

SafetyTec Group

Features
Obstacle detection, rear
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Perimeter approach lighting
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection

Trailer Tow Group

Features
Full-size spare tire
Class III trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

Uconnect 8.4

Features
Satellite radio - one year subscription
Voice control for audio system

Cold Weather Group

Features
All-weather floor mats
All-weather floor mats

Power driver seat

Features
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power tilt adjuster, driver seat
Power recliner, driver seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seat

Technology Group

Features
Rain-sensing wipers
Obstacle detection, front
Auto-dimming headlights
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed
Parking guidance system - active
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed
Forward collision alert
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based

Luxury Group

Features
Xenon HID headlights
Power liftgate

SafetyTec Group

Features
Obstacle detection, rear
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Perimeter approach lighting
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection

Trailer Tow Group

Features
Full-size spare tire
Class III trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

Uconnect 8.4N

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
HD radio
Traffic + travel information

Ventilated/Memory Seat Group

Features
Upgraded leather upholstery
Cooled or ventilated front seats
Memory system, driver seat

Eyesight Driver Assist System

Features
Adaptive cruise control
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed
Forward collision alert
Lane sway warning system
Lead vehicle start alert
Pedestrian detection

Navigation system

Features
Navigation system
Satellite radio
Voice control for nav and audio
SMS text-to-speech reader
Traffic + travel information
App support

All Weather Package

Features
Heated mirrors
Heated front seats
Wiper de-icer

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