2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2019 Subaru Forester Goes Head to Head With 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2019 Forester vs grand cherokee 

The new 2019 Subaru Forester is an award-winning mid-sized SUV that has been catching the eyes of consumers. Over 97% of Subaru Foresters sold in the last ten years are still on the road and it has the highest residual value in its class for 4 years running. With its top safety features, roomy interior, durable exterior, and standard all-wheel drive, the 2019 Subaru Forester is a great pick for customers who want versatility, comfort, and peace of mind. Read on to find out why our customers choose the 2019 Subaru Forester over the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee every time. 

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Safety Features

The 2019 Subaru Forester is the IIHS Top Safety Pick of its class, and we can see why. The 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with many different safety features, including Eyesight Technology. Eyesight Technology is an amazing feature that can save your life, literally. It monitors the movements of both the vehicle equipped with it and other vehicles around it while optimizing cruise control to prevent more collisions than ever before.

Studies have shown that Eyesight Technology reduces rear-end collisions with injuries by over 85%! That really is incredible. The Subaru Forester also comes standard with traction control, brake assist, and a rear-view camera. Similar features on the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee are only available as add-ons, meaning that Jeep expects customers to pay just to have basic safety features. 

Other safety features available with the 2019 Subaru Forester include blind spot detection, rear cross traffic detection, reverse automatic braking, multiple airbags, a rollover sensor, and whiplash prevention. Need more reasons to choose Subaru? Available only on the 2019 Subaru Forester is a high beam assist option. This incredible feature detects on-coming vehicles and switches from high to low beams for you so you will never blind other drivers at night. The Driver Focus distraction mitigation system is also available only on the 2019 Subaru and acts as a helpful assistant to ensure the driver is always focused on the road. It can even detect if a driver becomes drowsy at the wheel! This unique feature can save the preferences of up to 5 drivers, including preferences for seat and mirror positioning and climate control. 

Drivetrain and Gas Mileage

When it comes to drivetrain and gas economy, the 2019 Subaru Forester offers more for your money than the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive and boasts an incredible 33 miles per gallon on the highway. The Forester also comes standard with a ground clearance of 8.7 inches to prevent scraping over rough terrain. The Grand Cherokee comes standard with front-wheel drive and only gets 26 miles per gallon. 

While the Jeep Grand Cherokee does have upgrades available that include a more powerful engine, its standard engine is similar to the Forester but still maintains a lower mile per gallon rating. Additionally, the Jeep’s standard engine can be clunky and fumble through its gears. Who wants that? The Subaru Forester runs and changes gears smoothly, and you get peace of mind knowing that your Subaru was built to last. With a steel body structure and raised roof rails, the Subaru Forester is a dependable and enduring vehicle. 


With such a spacious and comfortable interior, it’s no wonder why our customers choose the Forester over the Grand Cherokee. The Forester provides a luxurious experience no matter what package you choose and the interior is fully customizable. The 2019 Forester provides increased cargo space, a wider rear entrance, and more leg room in the second row.

The Forester has larger rear doors and windows than the Grand Cherokee. The Forester also provides heated rear seats, a/c vents, and USB ports for all passengers. The Grand Cherokee only provides heated seats in the front, has less room overall, and has smaller windows. The Subaru Forester provides a front seat experience to all passengers, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s experience is just okay. 


While both the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee have models that include such features as a large touch-screen display and built-in wifi, the Grand Cherokee only offers wifi connectivity as an upgraded feature.The Subaru Forester allows every customer to enjoy the benefits of turning their vehicle into a mobile hotspot with the Subaru StarLink Multimedia Plus.

Also available only with the 2019 Subaru Forester is the Subaru StarLink Safety and Security feature, which alerts first responders in the case of airbag deployment and sends an SOS to roadside assistance whenever it is needed. 


Of course, one huge aspect of determining which vehicle to choose is the price. The Subaru Forester starts out at a modest $24, 295. The Jeep Grand Cherokee starts at a higher price point at $31, 945. Considering that the 2019 Forester provides more features with its standard package, this seems a little lopsided. To even get the safety features that come standard on the Forester, customers are paying thousands of dollars over the base price for the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 2019 Subaru Forester provides a premium experience at a fair price, meaning you get more for your money than with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. 

When comparing the 2019 Subaru Forester to the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Grand Cherokee just doesn’t hold up. Although it is marketed as a premium off-road vehicle, it doesn’t even come standard with all-wheel drive. Add in the fact that most safety features are not even included in the standard package, and it is clear that the 2019 Subaru Forester takes the cake in this contest. We love that the Subaru Forester comes standard with so many options and is the IIHS Top Safety Pick for its class. The 2019 Subaru Forester offers a bang for your buck while keeping you safe on the road. Come see for yourself why our customers love their Subarus and continue to buy our vehicles over other brands year after year!

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