If finding the right SUV has you baffled, perhaps you're looking in the wrong place. You know what to expect when it comes to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the brand has been producing quality machines for decades. The Toyota 4Runner is quite the contender, but does it offer the same comfort features and safety technology? Did you know that it scored lower on crash tests than the Grand Cherokee in every category?

When you want automatic liftgate closing, memory function for your mirrors and steering wheel position, you choose the Grand Cherokee, which provides these options where the 4Runner doesn't. You'll have no doubts once you take a test drive in each model to verify just what it can do for your lifestyle.

Off-Road & Performance

  • Despite offering a 4.0-liter V6 engine, the 4Runner falls short on horsepower, offering 270 horsepower versus the 295 horsepower offered on the Grand Cherokee's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine.
  • Both offer a 4x4 driveline standard, but the Grand Cherokee is built for off-roading, offering more towing than the 4Runner, making it easier to haul your equipment.
  • For an official off-road option, the 4Runner has you upgrade to the 4Runner TRD Off-Road option, while the driver of a Jeep SUV knows it's always ready to go off-road.
  • You'll get an option to equip a 360-horsepower engine in the Grand Cherokee, while the 270-horsepower engine is all the 4Runner offers.
  • Fuel efficiency is important, especially in powerful SUVs, and the Grand Cherokee offers more than the 4Runner -- 25 mpg highway versus 20 mpg highway respectively.

Size & Interior

  • Straight off, the 4Runner will cost you more for the same features than the Grand Cherokee will.
  • Space is important, and the 4Runner offers less headroom, rear legroom, shoulder room, and hip room than the Grand Cherokee.
  • Ground clearance in the 4Runner isn't nearly as much as the Grand Cherokee.
  • The overall width and wheelbase in the Grand Cherokee is larger than that of the 4Runner, and it also manages to offer more a driver-selectable suspension.

Features & Technology

  • In the Grand Cherokee, enjoy smartphone integration from Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, which isn't offered on the 4Runner.
  • Safety is important, so when you choose a Jeep Grand Cherokee, you get more features than in the Toyota 4Runner, including Lane Departure Warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Speaking of safety, the 4Runner came up short in all crash test ratings, giving less than ideal protection than the Grand Cherokee, which earned four and five stars in each category.
  • The Jeep Grand Cherokee provides the Uconnect 4C Nav infotainment system, while the Toyota 4Runner offers the Entune Premium Audio system.
  • Your navigation and touchscreen display will be larger in the Grand Cherokee, giving you an 8.4-inch color display, while the 4Runner gives a 6.1-inch color screen.

While each model has a lot going for it, only the Jeep Grand Cherokee can give you the kind of luxury features and comfort that you're after. The Toyota 4Runner falls short in many ways that most customers cannot overlook, and once you've been behind the wheel of each, you'll see what we mean. Bigger isn't always better, and with the Grand Cherokee it manages to balance beauty and brawn in a way that only can be done when you've been perfecting it for so long.

Come for a test drive and stay for the services we offer to our customers. From the very beginning you can experience quality service that we provide, and when it comes time to get routine maintenance performed, we're trained to give you the highest level of care possible. Stop by today to check us out.


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