Jeep Cherokee v. Jeep Grand Cherokee: Which is for You?

September 2nd, 2016 by

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The Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models are both five-passenger Jeep SUVs with off-roading capabilities, but they are very different vehicles. Both models differ in performance, fuel economy, size, and price, and the Grand Cherokee is a more luxurious SUV and the Cherokee is a little more rugged.

Starting with performance, the base engine for the Cherokee is a 184-horsepower 2.4-liter, four-cylinder MultiAir engine, whereas the base Grand Cherokee has a 290-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. The drop in horsepower and the smaller engine help to make the Jeep Cherokee more fuel efficient. The Cherokee gets an average of 21 mpg in the city and 30 highway mpg, and the Grand Cherokee has an average fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

The Jeep Cherokee is available with two other engines, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder PZEVM-Air engine and the same 3.6-liter V6 engine that is the base Grand Cherokee’s engine. Offering buyers more options for luxury, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with three engine options, including a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, a 5.7-liter V8 engine, and the all-powerful SRT 6.4-liter V8 engine.

The Grand Cherokee is larger in both cargo capacity and interior size. The Cherokee has 54 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the front seats, and the Grand Cherokee has a total of 68.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the front seats.

The prices for each of these Jeep models really vary depending on the trim purchased. However, the Cherokee Sport, the base Cherokee trim, starts at $23,495, and the Grand Cherokee Laredo, the base Grand Cherokee, starts at $29,995.

Check out our Cherokee and Grand Cherokee inventory here, we already have 2017 models in.

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