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Compare Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee | Toronto, Mississauga

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2019 Jeep Cherokee

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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Let me guess. Your life is busy. You’ve got work, commuting, family, holidays, hobbies and the more mundane things like grocery shopping on your To Do List. You haven’t got a lot of time to figure out some of life’s more important questions like, should I buy a Jeep Cherokee or a Jeep Grand Cherokee? We at Ontario Chrysler have your back, Brampton, Barrie and Oakville.


Jeep Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee





  • A new 2019 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 270 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.2L Pentastar V6 engine with 271 HP and 239 lb-ft of twist
  • A naturally aspirated 2.4L inline-four with 180 HP and 171 lb-ft of torque
  • All engines are mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission

Grand Cherokee

  • Five different engine
  • 3.6L Pentastar V6 makes 295 HP
  • 5.7L V8 Hemi good for 360 HP
  • 240 HP 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 with a whopping 420 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.4L Hemi V8 rated at 475 HP
  • 6.2L V8, rated at 707 HP
  • All Grand Cherokee engines are mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission

Bottom Line: The choice for speed is obvious. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and its 707 HP. It goes 0-100 KPH in 3.5 seconds. That’ll get your grandma to the church picnic on time!


Off-Road Prowess




·     Three 4×4 choices

·      Jeep Active Drive I with a fully disconnecting 4x2 mode with automatic 4x4 engagement and is optional on the Latitude, Latitude Plus and Limited models

·       Jeep Active Drive II unlocks an electronic 4x4 on the Latitude Plus and the Limited

·       Jeep Active Drive Lock has full-time four-wheel drive mode with an active on-demand clutch and is standard on the Trailhawk.

·       Ground clearance on the Trailhawk is 8.7 inches

·        Approach and departure angles are maximums of 29.9 and 32.2 respectively


Grand Cherokee:

  • Four 4×4 systems: Quadra-Trac I and II, Quadra-Drive II, and Quadra-Trac Active
  • The full-time 4×4 systems put power out in either a 50/50 split with the 3.6L V6 engine or on a variable scale when hooked to the 6.4L V8
  • The system that includes a 4×4 Low (Lock) setting is optional on the gas and diesel V6 machines, plus GCs with the Hemi-powered 5.7L V8
  • Beastly 707-HP Trackhawk models are fitted with a single-speed full-time system
  • Ground clearance ranges from 8.1 inches on the Trackhawk to an impressive 10.8 inches in Grand Cherokees with the air suspension, standard on the off-road-focused Trailhawk and two other luxury trims

Bottom Line: Both of these Jeeps put their money where their mouth is, especially with the focused Trailhawk trims. Grand Cherokee does have a couple of extra options for delivering power to the road in the Trackhawk’s all-wheel-drive system.





·       The 3.2L Pentastar V6 under its new-for-2019 hood, the Cherokee has a towing capability of 4,500 lbs

·        An optional trailer tow group on the V6 and new 2.0L turbo engines adds a transmission cooler, Class III hitch, proper wiring, and a full-sized spare tire


Grand Cherokee:

  • Tows a maximum of 7,200 lbs
  • A specialized Trailer Tow group is available on every trim level and standard on Overland and Summit trims as well as the Trailhawk equipped with 4×4
  • Air-lift suspension with load-leveling in the rear, heavy-duty engine cooling, a Class IV trailer hitch, plus the necessary 4/7 pin wiring harness.

Bottom Line: The 3.2L V6’s towing capacity of 4,500 lbs is something to write home about, but the 7,200 lb rating of the Hemi-powered 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee wins the race on this one. Even the less-brutish V6 versions are able to haul 6,200 lbs when equipped with the optional package described above. If towing toys like a trailer or boat is something you’re looking for, the Grand Cherokee should be considered over its little brother.





·     Apple CarPlay

·     Android Auto

·     Smallest infotainment touchscreen available is a 7.0-inch system is standard on base models

·     Customizable main menu bar on the touchscreen is optional

·     ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist System is optional and displayed in the center of the
gauge cluster and operated with buttons on the steering wheel and the shifter


Grand Cherokee:

  • The large 8.4-inch Uconnect system is standard except for the Laredo
  • 19-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system
  • Safety kit with adaptive cruise control and lane keeping. Self-Park
  • SRT and Trackhawk trims feature five driving modes managing everything from sport to snow.

Bottom Line: Both have great brag-worthy techie toys—it’s just about how much you want to brag.


Cabin Space



·     Headroom is about 40 inches

·     Legroom is actually approximately 1.5 inches bigger than the Grand Cherokee 

Grand Cherokee:
  • Front and rear headroom is almost 40 inches 
  • Front row seats have 40.3 inches of legroom
  • Second row has 38.6 inches of legroom

Bottom Line: The Cherokee wins this one mostly due to its front-wheel drive system that creates a little more space.


Cargo Capacity




·       There is a total of 25.8 cubic feet of storage space, when the seats are upright, not counting the extra 0.7 cu-ft when the cargo floor is lowered slightly for the repositioning of the spare tire cover

·       With the rear seats folded you have 54.7 cubic ft to play with

·        Liftover height is 30.9 inches for a 4×4 model.


Grand Cherokee:

  • 36.3 cubic feet of space is available in the cargo area behind the second row of seats
  • Folding away that rear bench, leaving a two-seater, gives you 68.3 cubic ft

Bottom Line: if you’re of the taller brand of folk, the Cherokee gives you the extra leg room you need


Fuel Economy



·     Two wheel drives get approximately 48 KPG highway and 37 KPG city

·       Active Drive I gets an estimated 34 KPG city and 47 highway

·       Active Drive II gets 32 KPG city and 43 KPG highway

·       Active Drive Lock gets 32 KPG city, but 42 KPG highway


Grand Cherokee:

  • 3.6L V6 with a 4×2 drivetrain gets 31 KPG city and 42 KPG highway
  • 4×4 gets 30 KPG city and 40 KPG highway
  • 5.7L Hemi V8 4×4 gets 23 KPG city and 35 KPG
  • 6.4L V8 engine does 21 KPG city and 32 KPG highway
  • 6.2L Supercharged V8  gets 16 KPG city and 27 KPG highway 

Bottom Line: As the Cherokee is lighter it definitely comes in first place in this competition.





·       Has had a major restyling

·        New front end is now blends with the rest of the Jeep line-up

·       A lightweight hood over a pair of  LED headlamps with a traditional Jeep grille

·       A larger wheel-to-body ratio especially on the Trailhawk, which offers 17-inch all-terrain tires



Grand Cherokee:

  • Optional bi-xenon headlamps
  • SRT and Trackhawk trims offer an aggressive yet functional exterior design that optimizes airflow and cooling duties
  • The headlamps on the Trackhawk model also feature a unique Gloss Black background to accent their jewel-like appearance.

Bottom Line: 

Both models are stylish and share a similar look in most areas. The Trackhawk offers more of an aggressive look and features a deep front air dam. Its big tires and dual exhaust tips also stand out.


The Verdict: Jeep Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee

With the upgrade in style, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee offers the best bang for your buck. If you’re looking for a little more space and some fancier options, the Grand Cherokee is your cushier ride.

* See our previous blogs on the 2019 Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee

Question: What is the Difference between Leasing and Financing?  

Answer: When choosing between leasing or financing, there are many similarities as well as a great many differences. When you finance a vehicle all of the delivery charges, fees and taxes are included with the entire cost of the vehicle, and this cost is spread across the number of months you want to pay for it. Usually when a payment term is longer, the payments are smaller. A question many drivers ask is how long your payments should be stretched out, if you are planning to pay for a new car through financing.
When you lease a vehicle on the other hand, the term is usually shorter, often two or three years. The leasing company will determine the value of the vehicle at the end of your leasing term, taking into consideration the mileage, the condition, equipment, all of which is known as 'residual value'. The difference between the complete price of sale and the residual value predicted is the basis upon which your monthly payments are calculated. Since you will typically borrow less money to lease than to finance a vehicle, the monthly payments for leasing are a lot lower.

Answer: When you lease there are many different factors that you have to consider. If you drive a lot in a leased car and put many kilometres on it each year, there is a risk that the mileage limits set out by the leasing company will be exceeded and you'll have to pay extra for it. For example, if you are limited to 18,000 kilometres annually for a three year lease, it adds up to 54,000 kilometres in total. If there are 60,000 kilometres in your total mileage driven, and you have to pay $0.18 per kilometre as a mileage penalty, you will owe the leasing company an additional $720, which can equal the amount you pay for one or two months' leasing. With damages on a leased vehicle the same principle applies, and if you return the vehicle with more damage that is considered normal wear and tear, you will be charged for the damages.
But leasing can be very beneficial because the lower monthly payments are easier to handle, and this often means that leasing a fully loaded high trim vehicle with a powerful engine can be very affordable. When you return the car back to the dealership after the lease is finished, you have the choice of buying out the car if you like, and either keeping it or having the opportunity to return it. Many drivers who lease vehicles prefer to start the whole cycle again with a brand new vehicle lease. Since leasing terms usually fall within the manufacturer's warranty period, leasing is a benefit because no large repairs will be charged to you.

Question: Financing Pros and Cons | How does Financing a car Work?
Answer: The primary benefit of financing a vehicle is that once the payments end, you are the owner of the car or truck and you can use it for as long as it lasts. The average lifespan of a car in Canada is more than 10 years, and if you follow regular maintenance schedules many major repair costs can be avoided. Financing a vehicle is also beneficial because you are free to modify or change it in any way you like, such as change the exhaust on a sports car or paint it to represent your own taste and style. FCA offers zero percent 
Financing Rates on some New Vehicles from 36 months up to 84 months on select models and on approved credit. Sometimes that runs for Ram 1500, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge Journey, Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and other vehicles. Every Month is Different, so please give us a Call to inquire about the current Month's programs. 

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