The compact SUV segment offers many options. A few SUVs on the tougher side of this competitive class are the Jeep Cherokee and the all-new Mazda CX-50. They have a few things in common, but their differences will help you choose the SUV that’s right for you.
Let’s take a closer look at how the new Mazda CX-50 compares to the trusty Jeep Cherokee.
2023 Mazda CX-50
The Mazda CX-50 is a new entry into the compact SUV segment. It has a lot in common with the popular CX-5 but adds a more adventurous personality. Pricing starts at $27,550.
Mazda CX-50 Highlights
Affordable price: The Mazda CX-50 has a considerably lower starting price than the Jeep Cherokee. That’s mainly because the CX-50’s standard engine is a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder, while the Cherokee gets a standard V6. Mazda’s base engine with standard All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is a powertrain suitable for most drivers, making this SUV a good value.
Premium interior: Typical of a Mazda in the modern era, the CX-50 has an upscale interior without the high price tag. The interior design is nice and the quality of materials is exceptional for this price. It gets nicer in higher trims with luxuries like heated and cooled leather seats, head-up display, wireless phone charging, and more.
Pleasant to drive: The Mazda CX-50 has more athletic handling than you might expect for an SUV. Its well-tuned chassis is nimble in turns but comfortable on the highway. The base engine is peppy, but it gets more fun with the optional turbo engine developing up to 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.
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2022 Jeep Cherokee
The Jeep Cherokee is a practical compact SUV that lives up to the heritage of the Jeep brand with its impressive off-road chops. Pricing starts at $34,895.
Jeep Cherokee Highlights
Great off-road: The Jeep Cherokee is one of the best off-roaders in the compact SUV segment. It has three different all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems, and the Selec-Terrain traction management system lets you choose your drive mode depending on the terrain. The rugged Trailhawk model adds a rear trunk, Rock riding mode, off-road suspension, skid plates and off-road tires for Trail Rated capability.
Uconnect Infotainment System: The standard Uconnect infotainment system features a large, easy-to-use 8.4-inch touchscreen. Smartphone connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and it’s upgradable with perks like navigation, HD radio and a premium Alpine sound system.
Powerful engines: The standard Jeep Cherokee engine is a naturally aspirated V6, which is becoming hard to find in this class. It develops 271 horsepower and achieves best-in-class towing capacity of up to 4,500 pounds. The optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine produces more torque and offers better fuel economy.
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Warranty coverage, sizing, available turbo engine, rugged styling, good off-road skills
Thanks to its lower starting price and a generous list of standard features, the Mazda CX-50 is the value choice between these two SUVs. However, if you’re looking for next-level off-road capability and like the idea of a V6 in a small SUV, then the Jeep Cherokee is a unique offering in a crowded segment.
|2023 Mazda CX-50||2022 Jeep Cherokee|
|Engine||2.5 liter 4 cylinder||3.2 liter V6|
|Powerful||187 hp at 6000 rpm||271 hp at 6,500 rpm|
|Couple||186 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm||239 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic||9-speed automatic|
|fuel economy||24 city/30 highway/27 mpg combined||20 city/29 highway/23 mpg combined|
|Also available||2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder||2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, all-wheel drive|
|Basic warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Global Safety||To be determined||4 stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||110.8 inches||106.5 inches|
|Total length||185.8 inches||183.1 inches|
|Lenght||80.8 inches||73.2 inches|
|Height||63.5 inches||66.2 inches|
|Turning diameter||36.0 feet||37.6 feet|
|Headroom, front||39.1 inches||39.4 inches|
|Headroom, rear||38.6 inches||38.5 inches|
|Leg room, front||41.7 inches||41.1 inches|
|Leg room, rear||39.8 inches||40.3 inches|
|Shoulder room, front||55.9 inches||57.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||53.6 inches||55.1 inches|
|Cargo volume||31.4/56.3 cubic feet||25.8/54.7 cubic feet|