Two stellar SUV options with good on-road manners that are made for the terrain are the Subaru Forester and Jeep Cherokee which cost about the same price at roughly $23,000.
This time the 2017 Forester costs $23,500, similar to the 2016 Cherokee that draws a little closer to $24,000.
Performance-wise, nothing much has changed with the Forester. Its base model is still powered by a 2.5L flat-four engine worth 170hp and 174lb-ft torque, while the 2.5L turbo flat-four does 250hp and 258lb-ft torque. The transmission options remain at either a six-speed manual or CVT.
As for the Cherokee, the 2.4L inline-four produces 184hp and 171lb-ft torque, whereas the 3.2L Pentastar V6 burns out 271hp and 239lb-ft torque. The only transmission choice is a ZF nine-speed auto.
While the newest Forester adds a lot of styling updates to its front fascia along with a better EyeSight active safety system, the fact that it retains its old looks despite Subaru launching a new SUV design preview with the XV Crosstrek concept makes the Forester a little disappointing.
The fact that it still offers only CVT for its more powerful turbo engine, which gets lower mileage than the higher displacement base model is also an aspect to frown upon. Nevertheless, it stays a highly comfortable and remarkably safe ride.
The Cherokee is also really comfortable, and surely looks better than the Forester, but loses out in fuel economy.
Its base model does 22mpg city and 31mpg highway against 26mpg city and 32mpg highway on the equivalent Forester. However, it holds itself quite well with the V6 model at 21mpg city and 29mpg highway against 23mpg city and 27mpg highway on the turbo Forester.