Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Jeep Cherokee
In Mount Airy, NC, there is nothing better than a Jeep to cruise over our mountains. But which Jeep is right for you? The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Cherokee are a couple of the most popular SUVs on the road. But what’s the difference?
Jeep has changed things up for the 2015 models. It used to offer the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Liberty, but for 2015 Jeep is offering the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Cherokee.
There are a few key distinctions that separate these popular SUVs. First off, the new Jeep Cherokee is slightly larger than the Jeep Liberty that it replaced. The Grand Cherokee and Cherokee are more similar in size, but there are still key differences.
What’s different on the Outside?
At first glance these two SUVs share quite a bit of design elements, but right away it is noticeable that the Jeep Cherokee is smaller. One of the main differences are the headlights: the Jeep Cherokee has three stacked together and the Jeep Grand Cherokee has the traditional two. The Grand Cherokee also looks more like an off-road vehicle from the rear with a slightly more upright style.
What’s different on the Inside?
There is more of a difference on the inside with the Jeep Grand Cherokee having more room and top-end cabin materials. The Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee have similar dashboards and switchgear. The Grand Cherokee is more in line with luxury SUVs while the Jeep Cherokee is made for comfort and functionality.
What’s different on the Engine?
The Jeep Cherokee is available in two engines which are both smaller than the Grand Cherokee. The first engine offered is a 184- horsepower 2.4-liter 4 cylinder engine and the second is a 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V6. The first engine boasts 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy and the second engine gets 21 mpg city/ 29 mpg hwy.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more power. It has four engine choices. The standard engine is 290-hp 3.6-liter V6 with MPG 17 city/24 hwy. Drivers can also choose the turbodiesel engine at 240-hp 3.0-liter V6 with 21 city/ 28 hwy. For those wanting even more power, the Grand Cherokee is available in a 360-hp 5.7-liter V8 with 14 city/ 22 hwy. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT used 475-hp 6.4-liter V8 with 13 city/ 19 hwy.
What’s different with Features and Technology?
There is really no difference in features and technology. Anything you could want on the Grand Cherokee is also available for the Cherokee. This means drivers won’t have to pick one vehicle over the other based on features alone.
The Bottom Line
For both the 2015 and 2016 models, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Cherokee are great choices for drivers looking for an SUV. The Grand Cherokee is larger, more powerful, roomier and more luxurious, and it’s better off-road than the smaller Cherokee. Meanwhile, the Cherokee offers improved fuel efficiency and a more carlike driving experience. Both SUVs tout roughly the same level of standard features, optional features and crashworthiness.
It really comes down to what size you are looking for and how much you want to spend.