How'd you go about renting it? This spring, after the snow melts, I'd be interesting in taking one up the trail that my old Crosstrek failed at.
Also since you've got both it'd be handy if you gave us your thoughts on how they compare.
Thanks for the talk thru the differences. Nothing you said would make me want the jeep. It's just looks like any other vehicle on the road. If I'm going to spend almost $40k it had better look good and special!I have also owned a 2015 Cherokee trailhawk so very familiar with them. just remember a lot of things with vehicles are subjective...…..
Engine: Bronco is peppy and smooth and definitely is a quick little beast. The Cherokee has the v6 and it does a great job but doesn't feel like anything special. Having test drove many 2.0 trailhawk's; the ford 2.0 wins hands down both with the in-cabin noise and performance. The Cherokee with the 2.0 feels like you're driving a car and fights with 9 speed and never feels settled.
Transmission: the update to the Cherokee 9 speed (gen 2) is night/day difference vs the old one however the Bronco 8 speed is still way better.
Off-road: They are both very capable off-road and the jeep has a better crawl ratio so I'd give a slight edge to the Cherokee with its 4x4 system. however, when driving both of more rough/slippery/higher incline surfaces the Cherokee really shined with its true 4wd system.
Exterior: I like both but the bronco wins hands-down
Interior: I like the materials used in the bronco on the dash and the brown suede/leather are awesome.... but, I like the inside door handles in the Cherokee better as it is a thick piece of aluminum vs the black plastic in the bronco. The Cherokee has more legroom for rear passengers but it has a tad longer wheel base.
The Cherokee you sit higher up and feel like you are in an SUV but, you don't have as much room over your head whereas the bronco 'I feel' you sit low in the vehicle almost car-like and have a lot of room above you. you feel a tad more cramped in the Cherokee and roomy in the bronco, on the road you feel higher up in the Cherokee.
Both vehicles are very impressive for their class.
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