What Makes the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee Different?

Jeep Cherokee Grand Cherokee Daphne

Once you decide to drive a Jeep around Daphne, you will have to look at the various models to figure out which one is right for you. Sometimes models with similar names, like the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, can be confusing, particularly if you haven’t shopped for a new vehicle in a while. Some things, like their starting prices, are obvious while other differences are subtler.

Cherokee and Grand Cherokee Starting MSRP and Overall Size

If you are on a tighter budget, the Jeep Cherokee will be ideal since it has a starting MSRP of $23,095* compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s starting MSRP of $29,995*. This is largely due to the fact that the Grand Cherokee is larger and has a more powerful engine. The size difference shows in the interior space for passengers and cargo room. Folding down the rear seats in the Cherokee gives you a reasonable 54 cubic feet. The Grand Cherokee has up to 68.3 cubes. The Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are technically classified as small and midsize SUVs, respectively, and this shows in pricing and size.

Cherokee and Grand Cherokee Engines and Output

Speaking of engines, the Cherokee comes with a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 184 horsepower and a torque of 171 pound-feet. It has the option to upgrade to a 3.2-liter V6 with 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet. With a tow package and the proper configuration, the Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers four engines depending on the trim level. The base is a 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Most models let you pick from a 5.7-liter V8 with 360 horsepower and 390-pound-feet and a 3-liter turbocharged diesel V6 with 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet. The Grand Cherokee SRT has a 6.4-liter V8 with 475 horsepower and 470-pound-feet. In addition to being more powerful across the lineup, the Grand Cherokee can tow more, up to 7,400 pounds.

Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee Fuel Economy

Since the Grand Cherokee is more powerful, it makes sense that the Cherokee gets better fuel economy. The base version of the Jeep Cherokee gets 22 city/31 highway mpg** while the Grand Cherokee gets 17/25**.

For more details on what sets the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee apart or for help choosing which of these off-road-ready SUVs is right for you, talk to the friendly team at Chris Myers Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Daphne, Alabama. They can even help you compare the various trim levels and options.


*MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excludes tax, license, registration, and options. A delivery, processing, and handling fee may be charged separately. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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