How Different is the 2017 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee?

2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Jeep Cherokee

Engine:

2.4 L I4

Horsepower:

184 hp

Torque:

171 lb-ft

Fuel Economy:

21 city / 30 hwy *

Transmission:

9-speed shiftable automatic

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Engine:

3.6 L V6

Horsepower:

295 hp

Torque:

260 lb-ft

Fuel Economy:

19 city / 26 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

8-speed shiftable automatic

2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Jeep hasn’t forgotten the off-road origins of modern SUVs, and it’s quite apparent in the 2017 Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. Both vehicles offer all the accommodations five passengers could need while supplying generous room for freight that’s easily expandable, but their four-wheel drive capabilities are legendary. Along with these similarities, as you’ll see below, they also have their differences. Explore both at your Colorado Jeep dealership near Aspen – Berthod Motors.

Which Jeep Comes with a HEMI Engine?

The Jeep Cherokee starts with a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder power plant yielding 184 horsepower with 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway when joined with a 9-speed automatic transmission.* Adding all-wheel drive to the mix drops highway fuel economy to 28 mpg. For those planning to take on steeper hills or more cargo, a 3.2 liter V6 supplies 271 horses with 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.* Like the lighter engine, this block comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission. With more steel to move, the Grand Cherokee offers four selections that start with a muscular 3.6 liter V6 capable of 295 horsepower. Like the other three engines available, it comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission and delivers 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.* Greater strength comes from a 5.7 liter HEMI V8 that deals out 360 horsepower, 14 mpg city, and 22 mpg highway with standard all-wheel drive.* Top output in the Grand Cherokee SRT comes from a 6.4 liter V8 with 4-wheel drive that blasts 475 horsepower with 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. There’s also a 3 liter turbodiesel V6 option that produces 240 horsepower with 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.*

Which Jeep is Bigger?

While designs are similar in the 2017 Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, one noticeable difference is the size. The Grand Cherokee extends 7.8 inches past the 182 inch length of the Cherokee. It also stands almost two inches taller. Beginning with the nose, both vehicles sport the seven separate mini-grilles that distinguish them as Jeep SUVs. The Cherokee veers off by arranging its running lights above the headlights in separate compartments while the Grand Cherokee elaborately packages headlights and running lights together. From the side, both SUVs feature a thick indented horizontal crease across the doors that’s much narrower on the Grand Cherokee than on the Cherokee. Around back, tailgate designs are very similar and quite typical for SUVs in general with the primary taillights on the Grand Cherokee slightly larger than on the Cherokee.

Safety

The 2017 Cherokee and Grand Cherokee demonstrate fairly good safety capability although the Grand Cherokee does have some advantages. The NHTSA gives the Cherokee and standard rear-wheel drive Grand Cherokee 4-star overall ratings but grants an overall 5 stars to the all-wheel drive Grand Cherokee. The IIHS awards both SUVs identical scores with the rank of Good in almost all categories. Both vehicles offer antilock brakes, traction and stability control, and airbags. A rearview camera is standard on all Grand Cherokees but not on all Cherokee models. Advanced safety technology is also available for either vehicle.


Both the 2017 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee will provide a great ride no matter how rough the path gets. Reading about their particular advantages in achieving this is one thing, but to truly appreciate what they can do, only a test drive at Jeep dealership in Glenwood Springs can settle the matter. Contact Berthod Motors to schedule a test drive today.

* EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.