2019 Jeep Cherokee vs 2019 Toyota Highlander – Ames, IA

July 31st, 2020 by

Are you shopping for a new crossover SUV? If so, you may feel overwhelmed with all of the options out there right now as the booming crossover SUV market. While many of these models may look similar on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that makes them different. Which is why comparisons can be helpful. Our team here at Deery of Ames Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM located at 1700 SE 16th St., Ames, IA has put together a side by side comparison of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee (base model) and the 2019 Toyota Highlander-two popular SUVs-making it easier for you to see available features and capabilities. Call 515-808-5308 to set up a test drive!

The Details

Right off the bat, we can see a few key details to point out. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee has a much lower starting MSRP at $23,995 versus the more pricey 2019 Toyota Highlander $31,230. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee also gets better gas mileage with an estimated EPA rating of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway versus the 2019 Toyota Highlander with an estimated EPA rating of 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

The Jeep Cherokee gets a new engine option for 2019, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivering 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission overdrive and auto-manual, whereas the base level 2019 Toyota Highlander comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual.

Standard features for the 2019 Toyota Highlander include Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS_P), ToyotaCare, 60/40 Split Second and Third-Row Seats, Integrated Backup Camera, Entune Audio with 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen, five USB ports, a 4.2-in. color LCD Multi-Information Driver Display Cluster, remote keyless entry, Day/Night Rearview Mirror, two 12V auxiliary power outlets, one 120V auxiliary AC power outlet, Hill Start Assist Control, and seating for up to eight passengers. No more features are available for the base model 2019 Toyota Highlander. You would have to bump up to a higher trim level for active driver assist safety features which increase the overall price significantly.

Standard features for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee include, Day/Night Rear View Mirror, ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, Stop-Start Multiple VSM System, Trailer Sway Damping, All-Speed Traction Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Electronic Stability Control, Enhanced Accident Response System, Hill Start Assist, LED Daytime Running Headlamps, Keyless Entry with Panic Alarm, Rear 60 / 40 Folding Split-Recline Seat, Uconnect with 7.0-Inch Touch Screen Display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices, Bluetooth with Integrated Voice Command, Remote USB Port, USB Host Flip, USB Port in Media Center, 12-Volt Auxiliary Power Outlet, 12-Volt Auxiliary Power Outlet in Instrument Panel, 12-Volt Cargo Power Outlet, and more.

Add the available tech package to the base model 2019 Jeep Cherokee for an extra $1,095 which includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go, Advanced Brake Assist, Automatic High-Beam Headlamps detect ambient lighting conditions, Exterior Mirrors with Turn Signals and Courtesy Lamps, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers, Parallel and Perpendicular (Un)Park with Stop System, and Side Distance Warning. None of these features are offered on the base trim of the Toyota Highlander.


While the 2019 Toyota Highlander offers seating for up to eight passengers and has more cargo space, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee has more a powerful engine, along with a plethora of standard and available safety and convenience features for thousands of dollars less, making it the better option for most consumers. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is available now at Deery of Ames Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM located at 1700 SE 16th St., Ames, IA. Browse our inventory and call 515-808-5308 to set up a test drive! We’re just a short drive from Kelley, Midvale, Shipley, Gilbert, and Nevada.