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How Do the New Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee Compare?

Given their similar names, it can be easy to compare both the new Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. However, they are both unique vehicles unto themselves and deserve full appreciation for their own capabilities and designs. Learn more about the new Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee today at Byers Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.

Differences Between the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee

What are the differences between the Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee? To start, the Cherokee is an overall smaller vehicle than the Grand Cherokee.

The Grand Cherokee is categorized as a full-size sports utility vehicle while the Cherokee is labeled as a compact SUV. As such, the Grand Cherokee has more interior space and a greater towing capacity than the Cherokee.

However, the Grand Cherokee also has a more powerful engine than the Cherokee. The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, giving it more torque and horsepower than the smaller Cherokee. The Cherokee is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine standard.

Because of its size and power, the new Grand Cherokee is better suited for taking in the off-road. It has the capability to drive through even the most challenging of road conditions, such as mud, sand, loose gravel and dirt and even shallow water. In contrast, the more compact Cherokee is better designed for highway and city road driving.

Does the Jeep Cherokee Drive Well in Snow?

Yes, as a four-wheel drive vehicle, it can handle inclement driving conditions, including snow and ice. However, standard models lack the driving power to get it through off-road conditions in which the Grand Cherokee excels. With that, the Cherokee is better suited as a family car or a vehicle for driving to and from work.

You can test drive both of these amazingly versatile vehicles, and some of the more snow-ready trims, right here in Columbus, at Byers Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.

Prominent Features of the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee

The new Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee similar features. However, there are key differences between the two that buyers should be aware of. For example, the Grand Cherokee has an eight-speed automatic four-wheel drive transmission and seating for five. It also has prominent features like:

  • Dual-pane sunroof
  • Harman Kardon® premium sound audio with a 10-inch subwoofer
  • 19 high-performance surround sound speakers
  • Leather-trimmed and ventilated seating
  • 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels

The Cherokee, however, has a nine-speed automatic transmission. It is also a four-wheel drive vehicle that has seating for five as well as:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Backup camera
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Traction and stability control

The Cherokee also has overhead storage, a keyless ignition and front and rear cupholders.

Trim Levels

The Cherokee and Grand Cherokee share several trim levels. These trims are the:

  • Limited
  • Trailhawk®
  • Overland

However, the Cherokee has three additional trims of the Laredo, Summit, and SRT®. The Grand Cherokee has two additional trims, the Latitude and Latitude Plus.

What's New for 2020?

Both the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee have undergone slight changes that make them stand apart from previous years' models.

The Cherokee underwent major changes in 2019. As such, designers did not carry out major changes to the 2020 model. Still, the 2020 Cherokee from Jeep is now available with an advanced safety group package. This package specifically offers features like lane departure warning, forward roll collision prevention and rain-sensing front windshield wipers.

The 2020 Grand Cherokee also has undergone several notable changes that differentiate it from last year's model. Changes are specific to the different Grand Cherokee trims.

For example, the single-pane sunroof is now standard on the Limited and Trailhawk®. The Laredo, Limited, and Trailhawk® all come with a premium lighting package that offers:

  • Bi-xenon high intensity lights
  • Discharge headlamps
  • Signature daytime running headlamps
  • LED fog lamps
  • Auto high beam headlamps

 

Test Drive a Jeep Cherokee and a Jeep Grand Cherokee in Columbus, OH

The Cherokee and Grand Cherokee from Jeep differ in a number of key ways. If you'd like to view all of our new inventory, come visit our dealership to appreciate the differences for yourself and give both a test drive today at Byers Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and learn about available Jeep rebates. If you'd like to skip a step at the dealership and get started right away, just fill out our easy, online financing application and get ready to drive home happy!

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Byers Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

465 S Hamilton Rd
Directions Columbus, OH 43213-2035

  • Sales: 8007166761
  • Service: (888) 672-6799
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  1. Byers Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

    465 S Hamilton Rd
    Columbus, OH 43213-2035

    • Sales: 8007166761
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