2015 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2015 GMC Terrain

Jeep and GMC are two of the biggest names in performance vehicles. When you are looking for a rugged and dependable vehicle that can handle itself off-road as well as it can cutting through snow and other rugged terrain, you are likely to look at a Jeep or a GMC vehicle.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee and the 2015 GMC Terrain are two of the most popular offerings for these power brands, and not surprisingly, they are fierce rivals. Buyers will have their work cut out for them when trying to figure out which is the better choice to meet their needs and their budget.

Here’s some information on how the two compare to help you decide:

Exterior Styling

2016 Jeep Cherokee
When you look at the 2015 Jeep Cherokee and the 2015 GMC Terrain, the difference in their design is noticeable right away. The GMC Terrain has a boxy and uninspired look, while the Jeep Cherokee has more sculpted details and an overall more sophisticated look.

The GMC Terrain is composed of a lot of straight lines and large spaces. The SUV looks like a series of boxes connected together. At the front, you have a large, squared-off hood and fascia that includes a large, flat grille with chrome trim and vented bars.

Angular lines are cut out around it and the large, squared-off head lights and air dams. Straight lines jut out from the grille and over the hood, ending at the tall, square windshield.

Squared wheel wells are in stark contrast to the wheels, and black trim bars run along the bottom of each door. Otherwise, there isn’t much detailing on the side panels. The rear is more of the boxy same, with a chrome bar as the only detail dividing the large fascia.

In contrast, the Jeep Cherokee is made of softer lines and has plenty of detail to create an interesting look. The front end provides a unique twist on the classic, seven-slot grille of the Jeep, with body-color, vertical bars separating the mesh.

A larger, open grille sits at the bottom of the fascia under a large, body-color bar. The head lights are mere slights alongside the upper grille and sitting just above two large air dams. Softer grooves create an undulating hood.

Aerodynamic lines sweep over the windshield and down the side of the Cherokee, ending in a rear spoiler over the lift gate. The Cherokee also has square wheel wells, but they do not seem as defined since they are flush with the side panels. A black bar runs all the way around the SUV at the bottom of the body.

The rear juts out, creating an interesting side profile.

Interior Design and Features

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee and 2015 GMC Terrain take a similar approach to the interior as they do the exterior.

The GMC Terrain has a pared-down interior that has the same geometrical styling as the exterior. The black-and-gray two-tone interior features sharp lines distinguishing the shades and creating shapes throughout the cabin.

For example, the dash appears to cut across at an angle, starting from the bottom of the center stack and ending near the windshield.

2015 GMC Terrain

In the middle of the center stack is a touch screen for controlling the infotainment system, flanked by geometrical air conditioning vents. The infotainment system includes a color-touch audio system.

The second row has a 60/40 split for flexibility when storing cargo, and the entire row slides forward and backward 8 inches. Heated front seats are available, as is an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat and a premium audio system.

The interior has been designed to reduce cabin noise for a more comfortable ride.

Additional features include interior air filtration, three months free satellite radio, and USB connections.

Available interior features include hands-free calling, concierge service, destination download, roadside assistance, and destination guidance.

Safety features include stability and traction control, emergency braking assistance, and a post-collision safety system.

Meanwhile, the Jeep Cherokee has a much more stylish interior that seems to have bells and whistles everywhere you look. The infotainment system takes up more space, and it is easier to see and navigate.

The controls around the infotainment system seem to move seamlessly toward the shifter knob, the instrument cluster, and the steering wheel-mounted controls. Everything you need is right at the touch of a button.

The front seats are height-adjustable, and the passenger seat can fold flat. The second row has a 60/40 split. When combined with the folding front seat, you can optimize your cargo space.

Interior features include interior air filtration, electric power steering, a six-speaker audio system, USB slots, hands-free calling, Bluetooth connectivity, and a memory card slot for media. Safety features include stability and traction control, emergency braking assist, an engine immobilizer, post-collision safety system and a back-up camera.

Power and Performance

2015 Jeep Cherokee Engine
With an SUV, everyone wants to know about the power and performance it offers, and neither the Cherokee nor the Terrain disappoint.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee comes with a 2.4-liter Inline 4 engine that puts out 184 horse power and 171 pounds per feet of torque. Those who want a little more oomph can opt for the 3.2-liter V6 engine that puts out 271 horse power and 239 pounds per feet of torque.

The base model engine is paired with a nine-speed shiftable automatic transmission and is front-wheel drive. The new transmission allows for faster acceleration and better fuel economy. The Cherokee gets an estimate 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

The GMC Terrain comes loaded with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 180 horse power. An upgraded 3.6-liter V6 is available that puts out 301 horse power.

The base model Terrain comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and gets an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Pricing

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee comes in at less than the GMC Terrain, starting at $23,095. Meanwhile, the 2015 GMC Terrain starts at $24,070. The Cherokee offers more features and better styling, making it the better overall buy.