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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Starting Price: $31,690 | Price yours

Above Average: Engine power, off-road capability, infotainment system

Below Average: Capacity, safety ratings

Consensus: Has all the tech, speed and off-road capability one would need

 

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2018 Toyota 4Runner

Starting Price: $35,605 | Price yours

Above Average: Towing capability, great resale value

Below Average: Price, exterior styling, handling

Consensus: An expensive choice for an SUV in need of a makeover

 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is part of a long line of Jeep vehicles proven to withstand whatever drivers put them through. The Grand Cherokee has a 3.6-liter V6 under the hood, with the option to upgrade to three different V8 engines, including a 6.2-liter, 707-horsepower V8. That’s plenty of power to take a family five both off-roading and out for a drive around town. The Toyota 4Runner’s traditional look still holds true for this year’s model. Looking more like a pickup than an SUV, the 5- or 7-passenger 4Runner will get you to and from your destination without a hitch. The 4Runner also sits high up on KBB’s 2018 Best Resale Value Awards list.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Advantages

Unparalleled performance in an SUV. Multiple engine options including the 6.2-liter V8 engine packing 707 horsepower. An Infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Superior gas mileage, especially on the highway.

Toyota 4Runner Advantages

The third-row seating option can accommodate up to seven passengers while the Grand Cherokee cannot. However, legroom is limited. More height combined with underbody skidplates put to rest the worry of clearing anything on or off the road.

Similarities

Off-road ability is ingrained in the identity of both these SUVs, offering plenty of options to mix comfort and power with their rugged styles.

Final Recommendation

The Grand Cherokee is sleek compared to the bigger 4Runner. While there is a 7-passenger option on the 4Runner, the price alone could be enough to steer people away. For something that will be easier to drive and with more options under the hood and inside the cabin, the Grand Cherokee is the way to go.

  2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2018 Toyota 4Runner
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.6-liter V6 4.0-liter V6
Horsepower 295 hp @ 6,400 rpm 270 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 260 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 278 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-spd Automatic, 5-spd
Fuel Economy 21 mpg (19 city/26 hwy) 18 mpg (17 city/21 hwy)
Also Available 3.0-liter diesel V6, 5.7-liter V8, 6.4-liter V8, 707-hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Three-row seating
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 4 Stars 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 passengers 7 passengers
Wheelbase 114.7 inches 109.8 inches
Overall Length 189.8 inches 190.7 inches
Width 76.5 inches 75.8 inches
Height 69.3 inches 71.5 inches
Turning Diameter 37.1 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.9 inches 38.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.2 inches 38.6 inches
Legroom, Front 40.3 inches 41.7 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.6 inches 32.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.7 inches 57.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 58.0 inches 57.8 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.4 cu. ft. 97.3 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 68.3 cu. ft. 89.7 cu. ft.
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