The Jeep Cherokee versus The Nissan Rogue

When purchasing a new SUV, the Jeep Cherokee and Nissan Rogue frequently appear as comparable vehicles. With similar specifications between base trim levels, it can be difficult to differentiate between the two and make an informed decision. However, while similar, there are notable differences between the two...

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Drivetrain and Mechanics

The base trim level of both the Rogue and Cherokee feature inline four-cylinder engines, with the Rogue producing 170 horsepower, and the Cherokee delivering 184 horsepower. Additionally, while the Rogue offers a continuously variable-speed automatic transmission, the Cherokee comes equipped with a 9-speed shiftable automatic--resulting in a snappier acceleration. The Jeep Cherokee also offers an optional upgrade to a 3.2-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine for additional power. While the Rogue provides moderately better fuel efficiency, the Jeep Cherokee compensates with a larger fuel tank, and installs a top/start multiple voltage stabilization module system to save on fuel consumption.

For off-road capabilities, the Rogue offers an intelligent all-wheel drive system that automatically adjusts power distribution accordingly. The Cherokee, however, provides four-wheel drive with the Jeep Active Drive I system with Selec-Terrain® traction management that allows the driver to select mode based on condition. Four-wheel drive systems, due to their construction, outperform all-wheel drive systems purely based on their ability to deliver power to two separate differentials as opposed to one--providing more traction, and less of a likelihood of becoming stuck and immobilized.

Interior Amenities and Options

The Nissan Rogue provides optional amenities for its four trim levels. The Jeep Cherokee, conversely, offers eight variants (including trim levels), with the following options:

  • Ten different option groups
  • Uconnect® 4C NAV with 8.4-inch display
  • Nine amplified speakers with subwoofer
  • Active noise-control system
  • Interior blackout styling

While the Rogue offers straightforward, progressively more luxurious trim levels, the Jeep Cherokee's variants and trim levels offer a more significant range of options. The Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, and Overland variants offer steadily increasing levels of luxury, while the Trailhawk and Trailhawk Elite offer upgrades that cater to the off-road enthusiast as opposed to those seeking an enhanced on-road experience.

Ultimately, the array of drivetrain options, mechanical fortitude, and four-wheel drive system reveal the Jeep Cherokee as a more capable vehicle. However, for options and amenities, both vehicles' extensive choices cannot be wholly contrasted, as the buyer must determine what's important to their needs and lifestyle. Visit Porterville Chrysler Jeep Dodge today to test drive a new Jeep Cherokee, or to speak with one of our sales representatives to learn more about the new Jeep Cherokee.


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