2020 Jeep Cherokee vs Toyota RAV4 Beaufort SC

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Specs 2020 Toyota RAV4
15.8 gallons Fuel Capacity 14.5 gallons
9-speed Shiftable Automatic Transmission 8-speed Shiftable Automatic
Four-Wheel-Drive Drive Train Front-Wheel-Drive
40.3 in Leg Room 37.8 in

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Toyota RAV4

Are you looking for a powerful SUV that can keep up with your busy and adventurous lifestyle? We know there are a lot of options out there, but Jeep and Toyota seem to be the top choices out there. Both brands have a reputation for reliable and rugged SUVs, but which automaker has the best model? We’re putting both top SUVs to the test, so you don’t have to think twice about the model that is right for you! On the left, we have the versatile 2020 Jeep Cherokee, and on the right is the 2020 Toyota Rav4. Which vehicle is more worthy? Keep reading to find out!

2020 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

The Cherokee is one of the most capable SUVs on the market. It’s smooth on the highways and can handle rugged off-road conditions like a dream. It comes with the choice of three engines, all of which are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that provides spot-on handling. The Cherokee’s standard engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, although a 3.2-liter V6 that pumps out 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque is also available. The final engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with an incredible 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. As if that isn’t enough, the Cherokee also comes with all-wheel-drive available on all models except the Trailhawk where it’s standard. Off-road, the Cherokee is best-in-class with Active Drive Lock on the Trailhawk or the standard Active Drive II that adds a low-range capability and five drive modes for optimal driving on the most rugged terrain.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Power & Handling

The Toyota RAV4 only has one engine option, a 2.5-liter engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is only rated at 203-horsepower, which gets noisy while accelerating and doesn’t provide as much power as other models. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims with the option of all-wheel drive. The RAV4 also offers a Hybrid variation with an engine that pumps out 219 horsepower, but the power is still lacking. The RAV4 also has an off-road model with a large wheel-and-tire package with torque vectoring. The latter controls torque distribution to improve handling and cornering in inclement weather. Off-road suspension and tires are also available.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

The 2020 Cherokee comes chock-full of high-quality features. The interior is modern and logically laid-out with easy-to-reach controls. There is more storage room and higher-quality materials throughout the cabin. Standard equipment includes a 7-inch Uconnect 4 system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. An upgraded 8-inch screen with Alexa Skills integration is also available. Safety features include hill-start assist and start/stop, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-path detection, which is standard on the base Latitude. Keyless entry, digital info display between the gauges, and adjustable seats are also standard. Higher trim models come with leather upholstery, a larger screen with navigation, upgraded audio, and other features. Other optional features include an all-wheel-drive system with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction-management system for even more off-road capability. At the same time, the Trailhawk model comes with underbody skid plates, upgraded suspension, and other off-road enhancements.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Features & Design

The 2020 RAV4 has a roomy interior with cloth seats and lots of space for your rear passengers and gear. Standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, paired with a 6-speaker audio system. Siri Eyes Free and Bluetooth are also standard. Other standard features include LED lights, manual-seat adjustment, and a USB port. Safety features include automatic high beams, pre-collision with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, road-sign assist, and other features. The RAV4 has some available upgrades, including auto on/off headlights, heated side mirrors, panoramic moonroof, memory control front seats with heating and cooling, digital rearview mirror, navigation, and a 360-degree mirror. A Qi wireless smartphone charging system, premium audio system, blind-spot monitoring, and more USB ports are also available. Additional off-road features, including a multi-terrain select system and dynamic torque vectoring, are also available for an additional cost.


When it comes to an off-road capable and smooth on-road SUV, there’s really no contest. The 2020 Cherokee has the Toyota RAV4 beat with its best-in-class off-roading features. The Cherokee has stronger engine options that the RAV4 doesn’t have, and Jeep’s Active Drive II, all-wheel-drive, and built-in off-roading design are features that the RAV4 can’t compete with. What’s more, the RAV4 charges extra for some of the off-road features that come standard on Jeep’s base model! The Cherokee comes with a variety of technology and safety features, making it the obvious choice! Want to learn more about the 2020 Jeep Cherokee? Check out our full review or come on down to the dealership today!