2011 Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland
vs. 2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X Touring

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

9.8

starting from

$43,120
"Another strong point: You name your preferred electronic feature, the Grand Cherokee's got it."
edmunds.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's controls
"Robust, refined chassis."
edmunds.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's build-quality

Reasons to buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

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Quite powerful
290 HP @ 6,400 RPM
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Average cargo space
68.7 ft3
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Comparable towing weight
1650 lb
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring

9.6

starting from

$28,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring

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Great braking distance from 60mph
114 ft
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$28,720
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Winner: Forester 2.5X Touring
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  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $14,400 cheaper (more than 30% less), $28,720 vs $43,120
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Winner: Grand Cherokee Overland
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  • The Grand Cherokee Overland has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Winner: Grand Cherokee Overland
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  • The Grand Cherokee Overland has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Forester 2.5X Touring
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Winner: Grand Cherokee Overland
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  • The Grand Cherokee Overland has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Winner: Grand Cherokee Overland
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  • More than 70% more powerful, 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • The Grand Cherokee Overland's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 16.7 lb/hp vs 19.8 lb/hp
  • Four-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, four-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • The Grand Cherokee Overland's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Forester 2.5X Touring
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Cost

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Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Subaru
Forester 2.5X Touring
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MSRP $43,120 vs $28,720 The Forester 2.5X Touring has a reasonable price, while the Grand Cherokee Overland is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 21 mpg The Forester 2.5X Touring has great city mileage, but the Grand Cherokee Overland is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Subaru
Forester 2.5X Touring
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The Grand Cherokee Overland has an OK number of airbags while the Forester 2.5X Touring has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system Uconnect vs None

Entertainment System

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Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Subaru
Forester 2.5X Touring
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Grand Cherokee Overland has more speakers and the Forester 2.5X Touring is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes The Grand Cherokee Overland has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Forester 2.5X Touring

Crash Test Ratings

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Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Subaru
Forester 2.5X Touring
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Forester 2.5X Touring
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Performance

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Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Subaru
Forester 2.5X Touring
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Grand Cherokee Overland is fairly powerful, but the Forester 2.5X Touring is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 4 The Grand Cherokee Overland has an OK number of gears, while the Forester 2.5X Touring has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Forester 2.5X Touring's semi-automatic transmission and the Grand Cherokee Overland's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 19.8 lb/hp The Grand Cherokee Overland has OK performance while the Forester 2.5X Touring gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Grand Cherokee Overland's drivetrain is better for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.1 ft vs 34.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Subaru
Forester 2.5X Touring
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Practicality

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Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Subaru
Forester 2.5X Touring
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 68.7 ft3 vs 29.5 ft3 The Grand Cherokee Overland has OK cargo room, while the Forester 2.5X Touring has very little
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front seats 54.6 ft3 vs Unknown
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Base payload capacity 1650 lb vs 1120 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The Grand Cherokee Overland's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Forester 2.5X Touring
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Cupholders 6 vs 8 The Forester 2.5X Touring has a good number of cupholders, but the Grand Cherokee Overland is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Subaru
Forester 2.5X Touring
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 9.3 seconds The Grand Cherokee Overland can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Forester 2.5X Touring is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs 114 ft The Forester 2.5X Touring has extraordinary brakes, but the Grand Cherokee Overland is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.4 s @ 92 mph vs 17.1 s @ 80 mph The Grand Cherokee Overland's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Forester 2.5X Touring's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs 0.81 g The Forester 2.5X Touring has good cornering abilities, but the Grand Cherokee Overland is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

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