Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan XTERRA VS 2015 Jeep Cherokee Near Macon, GA

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2015 Nissan XTERRA

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2015 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Xterra are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jeep Cherokee has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Xterra and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Xterra’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Cherokee runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 18th in reliability. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Xterra’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 77 more horsepower (261 vs. 184) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Xterra’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 239) than the Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Xterra is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl. (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Xterra has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (21.1 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Xterra stops shorter than the Cherokee:



60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Xterra has larger tires than the Cherokee (265/70R16 vs. 225/60R17). The Xterra X/S’ tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cherokee (265/70R16 vs. 245/65R17).

The Nissan Xterra’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Jeep Cherokee only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Xterra has a standard full size spare so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare costs extra on the Cherokee Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Xterra PRO-4X’s has front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

The Xterra has engine 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.

The Xterra’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.6% to 48.4%) than the Cherokee’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Xterra more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Xterra’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (37.3 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The Xterra’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Offroad’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Xterra has greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (9.1 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Xterra to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Xterra PRO-4X’s minimum ground clearance is .8 inch higher than on the Cherokee (9.5 vs. 8.7 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Xterra is 3.3 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the Xterra easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Xterra PRO-4X 4x4 is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4 (42 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Xterra has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Xterra has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The Xterra has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (65.7 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

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



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Ergonomics Comparison

The Xterra’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Cherokee does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Consumer Reports rated the Xterra’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend selected the Xterra as their 2006 Sport Utility of the Year. The Cherokee has never been chosen.

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