Jeep Grand Cherokee & Cherokee

Plans for Ditching the Pavement? Comparing the Jeep Cherokee Vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Posted at Thu, Jan 4, 2024 12:00 PM

Jeep is well-known here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow for building rugged off-road vehicles that win big at navigating locations off the beaten path! Jeep’s SUVs offer some of the most satisfying trail capabilities in the business. Rugged styling and a customizable aesthetic have carried Jeep models through as some of the longest running in the industry, with the Grand Cherokee and Cherokee existing as any outdoor enthusiasts’ favorite pair. 

These two are in different segments, and both offer excellent qualities for the driver who’s eager to pack up and leave town. We’ve compared them in several different categories to see how they rank, allowing you to choose which one of these adventure-ready models is right for you.

Seat Comfort: both Jeeps offer excellent front seat accommodation with plenty of space, adequate padding, and very deep buckets. This category rendered an official tie, even though the Grand Cherokee 2nd row seats are more spacious and offer better support and padding. With the Grand Cherokee residing in the larger class of vehicle there's also a separate three-row model for buyers looking for more space. The Cherokee is equipped with leather with cloth available, and the Grand Cherokee is just the opposite, with standard cloth upholstery and available leather. Both vehicles can be upgraded with ventilated front seats, and the Grand Cherokee is the one for you if you're after the relaxing massage feature.

Cargo Space: the cargo space category is the most important for many who hit the road frequently, and here the winner is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Neither of the vehicles falls short in the cargo department, with the Grand Cherokee offering 37.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, expanding to 70.8 inches once the seats are folded. The Cherokee offers 25.8 cubic feet of space with seats up and 54.7 cubic feet with them folded flat. Another trait that renders each well above average is the availability of power liftgate upgrades for both. 

Interior Quality: The Grand Cherokee easily dominates this category, as it boasts luxurious interior finishes and quality in higher trims. The top trims offer rich leather, upscale interior finishes with soft-touch materials, and high-end trim which makes for the unique appeal Jeeps are known for: It’s a stance that is ready to slay the mountainside, yet still is an amazing place to sprawl out and enjoy the trip. Both models in question here have mastered the art of true luxury appeal, which was a process rooted about a generation ago. 

Interior Features: Here the winner is the 2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee, although both models come standard with 8.4-inch touch screens. The Grand Cherokee’s sought-after list of standard and available features is longer, offering up a huge consumer draw with a 10.25-inch passenger-side touchscreen, rear entertainment, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and the cheerfully boomin’ 19-speaker Mcintosh stereo. Both models feature the ability to add heated and ventilated rear seats along with massaging front seats. 

Acceleration: One very telling aspect here is regarding the Grand Cherokee, which is no longer available with the V8. This leaves the V6 as its standalone option, which still allows for a great job on pavement and off. The smaller Cherokee’s base engine comes off as a bit less aggressive in most situations, and while at highway speeds. The Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts the advantage here, with the ability to provide a bit more meaningful boost under pressure.

Towing: For the quite-important towing category, the winner is the 2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee. When properly equipped, the Cherokee boasts 4000 lbs of towing capacity, all of which is properly primed for work or play time after upgrading to the turbocharged engine. The leading Grand Cherokee can tow up to 6,200 lbs when properly equipped, making it the superior choice for drivers looking to include small trailers or boats into the mix.

Fuel Economy: A category that exists with incredible importance to busy families on a budget, the winner when it comes to fuel economy is the 2023 Jeep Cherokee. It efficiently nails down an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Equipping the Jeep Cherokee with the turbo engine drops these numbers slightly to 20 mph in the city, and 26 mpg on the highway. The Grand Cherokee is still bound to please those who are watching each bank statement closely, offering 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined.

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