Pecheles Automotive Compares 2016 Hyundai TUCSON VS 2016 Jeep Cherokee Near Greenville, NC

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2016 Hyundai TUCSON

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2016 Hyundai TUCSON

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2016 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

Both the Tucson and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Cherokee:



Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

2.4/.1 kN

3.5/1.6 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 64 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cherokee’s 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Cherokee. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Cherokee ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Cherokee’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 24th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Tucson Eco/Sport/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Tucson SE FWD gets better city fuel mileage than the Cherokee FWD 4 cyl. (23 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Tucson SE/Eco’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The Tucson Sport/Limited’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson Sport/Limited has standard 19-inch wheels. The Cherokee’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Tucson has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Tucson has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Cherokee doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cherokee.

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The Tucson’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (34.9 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

The Tucson is 5.8 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tucson has .2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more rear headroom and 4.6 inches more rear hip room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Tucson has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (31 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tucson easier. The Tucson’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

The Tucson’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited’s cargo door can be opened just by holding your hand near the emblem on the trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Tucson has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Cherokee has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk.

The Tucson’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Cherokee.

Both the Tucson and the Cherokee offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cherokee.

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