2011 Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
vs. 2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

9.8

starting from

$40,040
"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 Limited

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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

8.8

starting from

$21,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X

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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
$21,220
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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Winner: Grand Cherokee Limited
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Grand Cherokee Limited's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the Grand Cherokee Limited; the Forester 2.5X only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Grand Cherokee Limited's power seats; not available on the Forester 2.5X
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Winner: Grand Cherokee Limited
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Grand Cherokee Limited; no amount of money can buy it on the Forester 2.5X
  • The Grand Cherokee Limited's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Grand Cherokee Limited has 5 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Winner: Grand Cherokee Limited
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  • You won't find this in the Forester 2.5X, but the Grand Cherokee Limited's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
  • Room for more than 2x more stuff, 68.7 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3
  • The Grand Cherokee Limited can carry more than 30% more weight, 1650 lb vs 1230 lb
Cost 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • The best price we've seen is $18,820 cheaper (around 50% less), $21,220 vs $40,040
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 16 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Winner: Grand Cherokee Limited
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  • The Grand Cherokee Limited has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Winner: Grand Cherokee Limited
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  • The Grand Cherokee Limited has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
Missing information
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Overall 9.8 vs 8.8

Luxury Features

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Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Grand Cherokee Limited's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Grand Cherokee Limited's power seats; not available on the Forester 2.5X
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Grand Cherokee Limited; the Forester 2.5X only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Number of speakers 9 vs 4 The Grand Cherokee Limited has more speakers, but the Forester 2.5X has very few
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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 No The Grand Cherokee Limited has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Grand Cherokee Limited; no amount of money can buy it on the Forester 2.5X

Practicality

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 68.7 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3 The Grand Cherokee Limited has OK cargo room, while the Forester 2.5X has very little
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front seats 54.6 ft3 vs 58.2 ft3 The Forester 2.5X has roomy front seats and the Grand Cherokee Limited is OK
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Base payload capacity 1650 lb vs 1230 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 Not Available You won't find this in the Forester 2.5X, but the Grand Cherokee Limited's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 6 vs 6 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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MSRP $40,040 vs $21,220 The Forester 2.5X has a great price, but the Grand Cherokee Limited is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 21 mpg The Forester 2.5X has great city mileage, but the Grand Cherokee Limited 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

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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 Limited has an OK number of airbags while the Forester 2.5X 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

Crash Test Ratings

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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
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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

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Grand Cherokee Limited is fairly powerful, but the Forester 2.5X is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
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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 19.1 lb/hp The Grand Cherokee Limited has OK performance while the Forester 2.5X gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Grand Cherokee Limited'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

Road Tests

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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0-60 mph 8.4 seconds vs 9.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 134 ft The Grand Cherokee Limited has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Forester 2.5X is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.3 s @ 86 mph vs 17.0 s @ 82 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.73 g vs 0.81 g The Forester 2.5X has good cornering abilities, but the Grand Cherokee Limited is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

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