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2021 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2021 Jeep Cherokee: Which is the best SUV?

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Let's compare the 2021 Toyota RAV4 to the 2021 Jeep Cherokee available at Excellence Chrysler St-Eustache, the Jeep dealer on the North Shore.

RAV4 vs Cherokee: Exterior
 

Even with a quick glance, the different personalities of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and Jeep Cherokee are very apparent. The 2021 RAV4 is trying very hard to innovate, and its multiple angles and clashing lines make it look like a stealth plane.

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee stands out with its carefully styled urban exterior. With a rugged front fascia and Jeep's famous 7-slot grille framed by LED headlights, this SUV looks ready to go out exploring. When you are sitting behind the wheel of a Jeep, even the most mundane road is an exciting adventure.

While the 2021 RAV4 is available in 6 versions, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee offers 8 versions to choose from: the entry-level Sport, the mid-level North, the 80th Anniversary Edition, the Altitude, the Trailhawk and Trailhawk Elite versions made for adventures, and the premium Limited and High Altitude versions.

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2021 RAV4 vs. 2021 Cherokee: Interior
 

The doors of the 2021 RAV4 open to reveal a decent but rather simple and cold interior. The 2021 Cherokee couldn't be more different, as its cabin perfectly combines ample space and unmatched comfort.

All 8 versions of the 2021 Cherokee offer unique upholstery seats that are a step above standard heated seats in terms of style and comfort. From the black cloth with Storm Blue contrast stitching on the Cherokee Sport, to the Nappa leather with black perforated inserts and Sky Grey contrast stitching on Cherokee Limited, every Cherokee trim boasts a beautiful and unique interior.

Versatile and easy to use, the 2021 Cherokee also offers a hands-free power liftgate with a multi-level cargo floor, perfect for carrying long and heavy items.

RAV4 2021 vs Cherokee 2021 : les groupes motopropulseurs


Le Toyota RAV4 2021 reçoit de série un seul groupe motopropulseur. Il s'agit d'un moteur 4 cylindres 2,5 litres, associé à une boite automatique à 8 vitesses et à un rouage à traction avant ou à traction intégrale. Le tout produit 203 ch et une capacité de remorquage de 680 kg (1 500 lb).

Conformément à la tradition de liberté qui prévaut chez Jeep, le Cherokee 2021 que vous verrez chez Excellence Chrysler St-Eustache, à proximité de Blainville et de St-Jérôme, propose le choix entre 3 groupes motopropulseurs. Les versions Sport et North sont équipées de série d'un Tigershark MultiAir de 2,4 L associé à une transmission automatique à 9 vitesses et à la traction 4x2 ou 4x4. Le tout produit une capacité de remorquage de 907 kg (2 000 lb), supérieure à celle de tous les modèles du RAV4, à l'exception du RAV4 Trail dont la capacité de remorquage est de 1 588 kg (3 500 lb).

Les Cherokee Altitude, Trailhawk et Limited reçoivent de série un V6 Pentastar de 3,2 L, la transmission automatique 9 vitesses et le rouage 4x4. Le tout développe 271 ch, 239 lb-pi de couple et 2 041 kg (4 500 lb) de capacité de remorquage. Enfin, le moteur turbo 4 cylindres de 2 L libère 270 ch, un couple de 295 lb-pi et une capacité de remorquage de 1 800 kg (4 000 lb). Ce turbo est offert en option sur les modèles Altitude et Limited.

 

2021 RAV4 vs. 2021 Cherokee: Powertrains
 

All versions of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 come standard with the same powertrain. It's a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. It delivers 203 hp and a towing capacity of 680 kg (1,500 lbs).

In keeping with Jeep's tradition of freedom, the 2021 Cherokee showcased at Excellence Chrysler St-Eustache, near Blainville and St-Jerome, offers a choice of 3 powertrains. The Sport and North versions come standard with a 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir engine, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission and 4x2 or 4x4 traction. This powertrain provides a towing capacity of 907 kg (2,000 lbs), which is higher than all RAV4 models except for the RAV4 Trail, which has a towing capacity of 1,588 kg (3,500 lbs).

The Cherokee Altitude, Trailhawk and Limited versions come standard with a 3.2L Pentastar V6 engine, a 9-speed automatic transmission and 4x4 traction. This powertrain delivers 271 hp, 239 lb-ft of torque and a towing capacity of 4,500 lbs. Lastly, the Altitude and Limited versions can be equipped with the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which delivers 270 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque and 1,800 kg (4,000 lbs) of towing capacity.

2021 RAV4 vs. 2021 Cherokee: Infotainment Technology
 

The 2021 RAV4 simply doesn't do much to impress with its infotainment technologies. Branded as Connected Services by Toyota, these features and services have remained the same for years.

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee offered by your St. Eustatius Jeep dealer, located just north of the West Island, is equipped with the innovative Uconnect system. It was designed to quickly provide information as well as safety and entertainment services.

Depending on the version of the 2021 Cherokee you choose, passengers will enjoy Bluetooth connectivity, an Alpine, BeatsAudio or Harman/Kardon audio systems, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 120 channels of music, talk radio, news and sports (subscription required). The 7" or 8.4" Uconnect touchscreen is also very user-friendly. You can even make hand-free calls when driving the 2021 Cherokee, thanks to Siri Eyes. 

Among the safety and information services we find Sirius Travel Link which offers multiple maps to make navigation easier, as well as Traffic, which provides real-time information and updates on traffic conditions and accidents along your route as well as suggesting alternatives. Sirius Guardian allows you to start your Cherokee remotely, locate your vehicle, make emergency calls and request roadside assistance and stolen vehicle assistance.

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2021 RAV4 vs. 2021 Cherokee: Drive Assist


Once again, Toyota has been slow to upgrade the drive assist features available on the RAV4. In fact, the only addition to the 2021 edition was TSS 2.0 suite, which includes the pre-collision system, lane keep assist, automatic high beams and radar cruise control. In addition to the TSS 2.0 suite, the 2021 RAV4 is also equipped with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Depending on the trim and options you choose, the 2021 Cherokee can be equipped with more than 80 standard and optional safety features. These advanced technologies include LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Park-Sense Backup Assist, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Blind Spot Monitoring, the Electronic Parking Brake Button and Hill Start Assist.

The 2021 Cherokee Trailhawk is Trail Rated and is even safe on logging roads, which is not the case for the 2021 RAV4 Trail. The Trail Rated certification is only given to vehicles that have successfully passed a series of tests that demonstrate they can withstand even the harshest driving conditions. The 2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk passed all of these tests and was therefore certified as Trail Rated. The 2021 RAV4 Trail did not, and therefore it cannot use the Trail Rated badge.

The best SUV: try it at Excellence Chrysler St-Eustache


As shown in this Cherokee vs RAV4 comparison, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee enjoys many advantages over the 2021 RAV4. But don't take our word for it, because the best way to experience everything that a Jeep can do is to take it for a test drive.

We invite you to schedule an appointment with a member of our staff and reserve a road test of the 2021 Cherokee.

Discover why Jeep SUVs are the best SUVs on the market! 

Excellence Chrysler, your Jeep dealer on the North Shore, is located close to Blainville and St-Jerome, and just minutes from Montreal's West Island.

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