2021 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2021 Honda CRV

jeep cherokee comparison

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee and Honda CR-V are both compact SUVs that have several handy features that prospective SUV buyers would love. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at both cars and compare them based on aspects such as engine performance, fuel economy, interior, and tech features, and more. So if you’re someone who’s looking forward to adding a compact SUV to the garage, read on.


The 2021 Honda CR-V has a 1.5-liter engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. While the engine performs decently on the road, it’s definitely not as robust as the Cherokee when it comes to off-roading environments. Its towing capacity is also much lower, with the car only managing to tow up to 1500 pounds while the Cherokee can tow up to 4500 pounds. As tested by Motor Trend, the Jeep Cherokee turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda CR-V.

Cherokee CRV
Zero to 30 MPH 2.4 sec 3.1 sec
Zero to 60 MPH 6.6 sec 8.6 sec
Zero to 80 MPH 11.4 sec 14.7 sec
Passing 45 to 65 MPH 3.5 sec 4.4 sec
Quarter Mile 15.2 sec 16.7 sec
Speed in 1/4 Mile 90.3 MPH 84.9 MPH


Fuel Economy

  • 2021 Honda CR-V: 28 MPG City, 34 MPG Highway
  • 2021 Jeep Cherokee: 23 MPG City, 31 MPG Highway


In terms of safety, the Jeep Cherokee was determined safer than the Honda CR-V by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

(Passenger) Cherokee CRV
NHTSA Safety Rating 5 Stars 4 Stars
HIC 166 309
Chest Compression .5 inches .6 inches
Neck Injury Risk 37% 37%
Neck Compression 26 lbs 96 lbs
Leg Forces (l/r) 241/259 lbs. 276/243 lbs.



The Honda CRV’s infotainment system is a disappointment. On the base model, buyers will get an infotainment system featuring a 5” color radio screen. On the higher trims, a 7” touchscreen is offered along with features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration and SiriusXM satellite radio. Optional features include a nine-speaker sound system and navigation. Overall, the CR-V’s infotainment system leaves a lot to be desired due to the surprising absence of aux inputs, unresponsiveness, and an overall lack of controls. The Cherokee offers a touchscreen starting at 7″, and can be upgraded to up to 8.4″. Standard infotainment features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hotspot, and multiple USB ports.

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee performs well in both city and off-road environments. It also offers good towing capabilities and its infotainment system and safety features contribute towards making it a car that feels more complete than the CR-V. If you want to check out the 2021 Jeep Cherokee, feel free to visit us at Empire CDJR of West Islip.