2020 Jeep Cherokee
Features & Specs
2020 Toyota RAV4
Best Engine Power Rating (hp)
Top Tow Rating (lbs)
Best Engine Torque Rating (lb-ft)
Rear Legroom (in)

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Toyota RAV4

If you are looking to purchase a smaller crossover SUV that has a great fuel economy while also offering a comfortable interior, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and 2020 Toyota RAV4 are two of our top picks on the modern market. Each of these crossover SUVs offers great capability on and off the road both being rated high in terms of overall performance. In this review article, we'll take a look at each of these fine vehicles, and pick our favorite after going over some key details of each.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

The 2020 Cherokee is built with versatility and performance in mind; the lower-trim models come standard with a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine that can produce up to 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. If you are looking for some extra power production, Jeep also offers a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 that pushes out 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. This V6 engine also is supported with high-end powertrain systems, giving the Cherokee a best-in-class tow capacity of up to 4,500 lbs. One of the more impressive engines offered with the Cherokee is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, which provides a power output matching the V6 while also being capable of producing an enhanced 295 lb-ft of torque. With this enhanced power output, the turbocharged inline-4 also comes with a great fuel economy, being rated with 30 mpg while driving on the highway.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Power & Handling

Toyota offers a decent powertrain kit with the RAV4, establishing a good benchmark of performance and capability. We see coming standard with each RAV4 a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, which is the only engine offered with each model. This 4-cylinder engine is capable of producing upwards of 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque when pushed to its limit; when properly configured, the RAV4 is able to tow upwards of 3,000 lbs of capacity. While these are similar ratings that we see with the base inline-4 offered with the Cherokee, the higher-end engines Jeep outfits with the Cherokee far outperform the RAV4's engine, in both power production and overall towing capability.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

Starting with the base Cherokee Latitude trim model, Jeep establishes a strong starting point for feature selection; some of our key picks for features include LED headlights that activate automatically, a Uconnect 4 infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration, roof rails, split-folding seats in the rear, and a strong package of safety features. The higher trim levels further establish comfort and convenience with the Cherokee, offering features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, a hands-free liftgate, automatic windshield wipers, and more. Also notable is the Trailhawk trim model, which outfits the Cherokee with Jeep's legendary kit of off-road-tuned features, giving the Cherokee an adventurous advantage.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Features & Design

The RAV4 comes with a number of models that help provide a good progression of features as you increase in trim level. The overall interior is roomy and comfortable, but has less overall volume and space compared to the Cherokee, especially in terms of legroom. We do see some nice features worked into the base trim level, especially with the safety features that Toyota offers. Most notable in terms of specialized models are the RAV4 Adventure and TRD Off-Road trim models, each equipping the RAV4 with a select set of systems and features that help enhance the overall off-road capability of the SUV. Compared to the Jeep Cherokee's Trailhawk trim, we see some similarities, but Jeep is ahead of the curve in off-road capability, especially the advanced 4x4 drive system and supporting features.


Toyota has produced a solid crossover SUV with the 2020 RAV4, offering a decent set of features and solid engine under the hood. When push comes to shove though, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee's capabilities out-rank the RAV4, especially with tow capacity, power output, and overall off-road capability. Overall, we have to give the win to the 2020 Jeep Cherokee as the better pick and purchase, with a roomier interior volume, impressive performance ratings from the powertrain systems, and great feature selection. Looking to learn more about the trim levels of the 2020 Cherokee or have other questions? Give us a call; our friendly dealers are ready to help and happy to answer any questions you may have! We also house a full line-up of all-new 2020 Cherokees that are ready to drive off the lot. Call or visit us today!

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