Jeep is brought back the Cherokee name, but the vehicle has come a long way since the “squarebox” days. So what is the difference between the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Cherokee?
They don’t call the big brother Grand Cherokee for nothing. It is the ultimate Jeep…in ride, prestige, and technology. Built on a heavy duty frame, Grand Cherokee delivers superior off-road performance. If you want a Jeep but don’t plan on spending lots of time in the mud and boulders, the Cherokee will still get you through New England’s toughest winters. With better fuel economy and a smaller footprint, Cherokee will give you the rugged Jeep experience for less cost.
Both come come standard with:
Grand Cherokee: 8.6 inches
Cherokee: 8.7 inches (Limited and Trailhawk)
Both vehicles come with Select Terrain traction control that can give you the traction you need through rain, snow and even mud.
Cargo Space and Towing Capacity:
This is one area where you notice the Grand Cherokee’s bigger size.
Pay about $8,000 less for the Cherokee.
Grand Cherokee’s V6 has an additional 20 horsepower and 20 foot pounds of torque compared to Cherokee’s smaller V6. The four cylinder in the Cherokee and the Diesel in the Grand Cherokee both average about 30 mpg.
Your father’s Oldsmobile had three or four speeds. Today’s Jeeps earn great fuel economy with sophisticated transmissions capable of finding an engine’s sweet spots for power and fuel economy.
Fuel Range, Capacity, and MPG:
Cherokee is smaller and lighter, with a smaller engine. Grand Cherokee has enormous tank for impressive range.
Base Model Colors: