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Jeep Cherokee vs Ram 1500

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Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Cherokee

$39,990 - $39,990

2020 price

Ram 1500
Ram 1500

$88,990 - $229,990

2023 price


2020 Jeep Cherokee
2023 Ram 1500
Safety Rating

Engine Type
V6, 3.2L

Supercharged V8, 6.2L
Fuel Type
Unleaded Petrol

Fuel Efficiency
10.2L/100km (combined)

0.0L/100km (combined)

  • Thirsty V6
  • Boot could be bigger
  • Pricey servicing

  • Huge price
  • Impractical size
  • Fuel consumption
2020 Jeep Cherokee Summary

So, you’ve seen the mainstream mid-size SUV players, and you’re looking for something… a little different.

Maybe you’re even looking for something with some off-road ability, and that’s maybe caused you to steer away from segment heavyweights like the Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, or Mazda CX-5.

Am I right so far? Maybe you’re just curious to find out what one of Jeep’s main models offers in 2020. Either way, I spent a week in this top-spec Trailhawk to find out if it’s the semi-off-roader it looks to be, or if it stands a chance against the mainstream players.

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2023 Ram 1500 Summary

RAM Trucks Australia claims the RAM 1500 TRX is the quickest, fastest (those are drag racing terms) and most powerful pick-up truck in the world. Built to rule the road and dominate the desert. The ultimate on-road/off-road big boy’s toy.

With launch control and more than 700 supercharged V8 horses harnessed beneath the bonnet, RAM claims this 3.0-tonne-plus behemoth can accelerate from 0-100km/h in an implausible 4.5 seconds, scorch the standing quarter-mile (400m) in 12.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 190km/h.

No wonder they call it the TRX, named after the Tyrannosaurus rex (aka T-REX) that was the ‘apex predator’ in the dinosaur era. As depicted in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movies, nothing else stood a chance, not even the Raptor (yeah, we get it).

So, this is no ordinary RAM 1500. It’s the premium-priced halo model of the range and not what you’d call a volume-selling truck.

Even so, we recently spent a week behind its leather-wrapped, flat-bottom, paddle-shifter-equipped steering wheel to find out how it might perform in the dual roles of tradie’s weekday workhorse and family getaway machine.

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