If you have an active lifestyle, you need an SUV to help keep up in Ithaca, Binghamton, and Cortland. At Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT (CDJRF), we look forward to meeting drivers here at our showroom to explore the latest SUV options.

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Subaru Forester debate is a competitive one, but only one of these SUVs will be your next car. Continue reading our comparison to learn about vehicle features and what makes these models unique.

Grand Cherokee vs Forester Performance

Under the hood of the entry-level Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine, which combines performance, efficiency, and fun driving. It makes 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, making it a great choice for those who like to have that little extra kick when pressing down on the accelerator.

The capable Subaru Forester offers just a lone 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. It's a fuel-efficient choice, and it makes 182 horsepower, though it won't quite match the power of the Grand Cherokee base engine.

The Jeep takes things a bit further by offering four engines, including three different V8 options. All of these deliver more power than the entry-level Forester engine. However, the most noticeable difference may be in the towing department.

Towing up to 1,500 pounds, the Forester gets the job done if you have a small trailer or ATV to carry along. However, the Grand Cherokee can tow over 7,000 pounds, making it the better choice if you own a larger trailer or boat.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Subaru Forester Capability


When you're looking to take things off the pavement, both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Subaru Forester will be ready for what's ahead.

The available Quadra-Lift® Suspension System found in the Grand Cherokee raises the ride height up to 10.8 inches, so you're able to cross streams and difficult terrain when needed. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance in the Forester, it's not far behind the Grand Cherokee in its off-road readiness.

The Grand Cherokee can also be equipped with an advanced 4x4 Quadra Drive® II system, which transfers up to 100% of engine torque to a single rear wheel to deliver traction when driving on unpredictable roads. This Grand Cherokee system allows you to get away from ordinary life and be daring.

Forward-Thinking Technology

Stay connected at all times in your next car. The 2020 Grand Cherokee comes standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ support, as does the 2020 Forester. Plug your smartphone into the USB port, and your favorite features from your phone will populate right on the touchscreen. In the Grand Cherokee, that's a 7-inch screen.

The Forester comes standard with a 6.5-inch screen, though both vehicles offer larger screens, too.

It's up to you to decide the destination. The Grand Cherokee and Forester will be able to help in getting there. Available Wi-Fi connectivity allows you and passengers to connect multiple devices while you're out on the road. Even when you're out in the wilderness, you'll be connected thanks to in-car Wi-Fi.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Subaru Forester: The SUV Verdict

When you're ready for that next car in Ithaca, Binghamton, or Cortland, it's time to visit Maguire CDJRF. Our 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Subaru Forester debate is a competitive one, but it's clear that the Grand Cherokee offers many features and amenities that drivers will find highly intuitive.

Take a test drive here at the dealership today. We look forward to seeing you here in our showroom.

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Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Ithaca

318 Elmira Rd
Directions Ithaca, NY 14850-5104

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