|1,500-4,500||Towing Capacity (LBS)||2,000|
|Standard||Teen Driver System||Not Available|
|64.2||Max Cargo Space (cu.ft.)||54.7|
You're the kind of person who wants a comfortable interior on your SUV, but you also want it to perform how a traditional sports utility vehicle performs. It needs to have a solid engine. Have the ability to tow while also having room in the vehicle for gear. Whether that gear is scientific equipment for a major research project or bases for your rec softball league, you'll need plenty of cargo space. Several SUVs are not going to stand up and offer what you want. But the Blazer and Jeep Cherokee are two SUVs designed to get the job done right. Which of the two thrives under the spotlight, hauls the most gear, and gives you the most sport, utility, and vehicle? The best way to find out is to put the two together and compare the 2020 Chevy Blazer vs 2020 Jeep Cherokee.
The 2020 Chevy Blazer has a starting MSRP of $28,800, while the 2020 Jeep Cherokee has a starting MSRP of $25,935. This could sound like a significant difference, but the features included in the base model of the Chevy Blazer compared to what is offered in the Jeep Cherokee are worth spending a little extra for.
Both the Blazer and the Cherokee come with three engine options. Now, none of them are currently diesel options, although we wouldn't be shocked to see this kind of engine feature coming our way in the near future. For now, though, you'll need to select between one of the three engine options.
The base models of the Blazer come standard with a 2.5L I4 that produces 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. The Cherokee uses a similar, yet slightly smaller 2.4L I4 engine that produces 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. This will result in just a slight increase in engine kick when pushing down on the gas. It's not going to do much in the way of boosting towing, but the slight improvement in the Blazer can be felt if you're paying attention.
The second engine option is the 2.0L Turbo I4. Both the Blazer and the Cherokee use this kind of an engine. While available as an upgrade option, it comes standard in the LT w/2LT trim on the Blazer. The turbo engine produces up to 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. With the Cherokee, the turbo is also offered as an upgrade option but comes standard starting with the High Altitude trim. The intercooled turbo unleaded I4 on the Cherokee produces 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Lastly, there is the V6 option. The V6 on the Chevy Blazer is slightly larger than what is found on the Cherokee. It comes standard in the RS and Premier trims. The 3.6L V6 produces 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. On the Cherokee, the 3.2L V6 comes standard starting with the Trailhawk. This engine produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque.
As you can see, if you're interested in a V6, the larger 3.6L V6 on the 2020 Chevy Blazer significantly outperforms the performance numbers of the 2020 Jeep Cherokee.
With both the 2020 Chevy Blazer and the 2020 Jeep Cherokee using similar engines across the board, the towing numbers are very similar as well. However, if you're looking to max out your towing numbers, regardless of the vehicle, both can offer up 4,500 pounds of max towing. You'll need to opt for the more torque friendly engines, and you'll also want to add on the towing packages for both the Blazer and the Cherokee, but you can tip the scales with up to 4,500 pounds. This is a solid number for vehicles of their size. It just goes to show that you can have a small to midsize SUV and still have solid performance numbers.
So alright, the towing numbers are the same. What about space inside the cabin? Those numbers can't possibly be identical, right? Well, let's see.
On the Chevy Blazer, when all seats are up and locked into position, you'll have a max cargo volume of 30.5 cubic feet. If you fold down the back row of seats, you'll push this up to 64.2 cubic feet. As for the Jeep Cherokee, with all of the seats up, you'll have a max cargo volume of 25.8 cubic feet. This number increases to 54.7 cubic feet if you fold down the back seats. This means you'll have almost ten cubic feet more of interior cargo space with the Blazer. For the size of these two SUVs, that is a serious improvement. And if you've ever tried to pack for a trip, only to find out you have to choose between room for that last suitcase and room for a bicycle you'll never again have to choose if you opt for the Blazer.
Entertainment specs will vary from trim to trim, and we could spend all day talking about the subtle upgrades between them. So, we'll simply compare the base trims and the top-tier trims.
On the base Chevy Blazer, the SUV comes with AM/FM stereo, AUX input, MP3 player, smart device integration via Bluetooth, and 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, all standard. Sure, if you're a CD fan, you're a bit out of luck (but that's how it's going with most vehicles nowadays), but the built-in WiFi as a standard feature makes it so much easier to stream your favorite music, let your kids watch Paw Patrol or let your work colleagues finish up that sales report before another meeting.
The base Jeep Cherokee comes with an AM/FM stereo, AUX input, MP3, smart device integration via Bluetooth, and optional satellite radio. It doesn't offer WiFi on the standard model.
On the top-tier Chevy Blazer, you'll land the same standard features, plus satellite radio, a premium sound system, navigation, and an optional entertainment system for the back seat. The Jeep Cherokee top-tier trim comes with the same as its base, plus HD radio, a premium sound system, navigation system, and HD radio. However, there is no optional entertainment system for the rear seat. That may or may not be an issue for you, depending on if you have kids and if your kids use a tablet.
Chevy Blazer uses the Chevy Infotainment System while Jeep uses the Dodge UConnect system. Both allow you to pair with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These two systems, while different operating systems, allow you to mirror some of the apps and features that are on your smartphone, on your infotainment screen. With either of these systems, you can use navigation (without your vehicle having it pre-installed), you can stream your music, listen to audiobooks, have access to the news, or even your calendar. The possibilities are seemingly endless.
Chevy doesn't play around when it comes to safety features. That is why the base Blazer comes with a driver, front head, passenger, and rear head airbags, plus four-wheel ABS and disc brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, daytime running lights, and child safety locks. The Cherokee comes with a driver, front head, front side, passenger, rear head, and rear side airbags, four-wheel ABS and disc brakes, on top of brake assist, daytime running lights, traction control, electronic stability control, and child safety locks.
The top-tier Blazer comes with the same standard features, plus integrated turn signal mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-traffic control. You have the option of adding brake assist, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning. All of these features make driving safer and better than ever. The top Cherokee trim comes with the same standard features, plus integrated turn signal mirrors, front tow hooks, and blind-spot monitoring.