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Compare 2017 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Jeep Cherokee
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Jeep Cherokee

Engine:

2.4-Liter I4 MultiAir® Engine

Horsepower:

184 hp @ 6400 RPM

Torque:

171 ft-lbs. @ 4600 RPM

Fuel Economy:

21 city / 28 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

9-Speed Automatic Transmission

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Engine:

3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT Engine with ESS

Horsepower:

295 hp @ 6400 RPM

Torque:

260 ft-lbs. 4000 RPM

Fuel Economy:

19 city / 26 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

8-Speed Automatic 850RE Transmission

2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The Jeep Cherokee is a compact SUV, while the Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV. For their 2017 editions, both make excellent choices for their respective classes. The best car for you and your budget will depend on your needs and desires, such as how much you will do offroading and how much capacity to carry people and cargo you need. Jeep has done well with both vehicles because they have modern features at reasonable prices.

Performance

The two types of Cherokee are both good on and off the road. That kind of versatility is not common, and it is probably the most important advantage of the performance of these SUVs. The Cherokee gets 21 miles per gallon on city roads and 30 on highways, while the Grand Cherokee gets 19 in cities and 26 on highways. The larger Grand Cherokee has an optional engine that puts out a striking 475 horsepower, and the Cherokee itself can do at most 271. Both handle much better than you might expect for their size and weight and feel quite comfortable on any driving surface.

Appearance

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee have a mix of the iconic Jeep look and modern SUV design, with an emphasis on comfort. Both are beautiful vehicles that come in a good variety of colors. The Cherokee, aside from being smaller, has a more aggressive look, with thinner headlights, a smaller grille, and a leaner profile. The Grand Cherokee is closer to the industry standard for SUV design, which is likely the result of its larger interior space. Both have excellent interiors at all trim levels that range from comfortable to luxurious depending on the options you choose.

Safety

Both the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee did well on safety tests. The Grand Cherokee has a slight advantage in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration test battery and came away with a 5-Star Overall Rating award from that organization. As SUVs, both vehicles are safer than small cars because they have more mass to protect their passengers. They also have extensive modern safety and automation features like a rear camera, lane departure warning, and an extensive suite of air bags.


The bottom line is that the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee both play the dual on-road/off-road role very well, and the primary difference is size. If you want a family-sized 2-row SUV, then you should probably consider the Grand Cherokee. For a smaller option, the Cherokee is a better fit. If you want to see how each one performs in a test drive, some on down to our dealership and you can try them both out. That is the best way to get a feel for their road performance.

* Actual mileage may vary.