Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee Overview

November 5th, 2022 by

If you’re looking for a versatile SUV that performs well on all types of terrain, consider getting the Jeep Cherokee or the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Known for their outstanding off-road capabilities, these two SUVs also do an excellent job of providing a smooth and comfortable ride on the pavement. Additionally, they offer great value with their long lists of standard features. Check out this detailed comparison to determine whether the Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Grand Cherokee is a better option for you.

Trim Levels and Prices

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The Jeep Cherokee is a midsize SUV, whereas the Jeep Grand Cherokee competes in the full-size segment. If you decide to buy the Cherokee, you have four trim levels to choose from: base X, Latitude Lux, the off-road-oriented Trailhawk, and the top-of-the-line Limited. The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of this Jeep SUV ranges from $34,895 for the X to $39,345 for the Limited.

Other than being a larger vehicle, you can customize the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s features. It comes in a whopping seven trims, which include the entry-level Laredo, Altitude, Limited, the off-road-ready Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and the range-topping Summit Reserve. The Laredo has an MSRP base price of $40,720, while the Summit Reserve has an MSRP of at least $65,175.

Engine Specifications

The standard engine of the Jeep Cherokee is a 3.2-Liter V-6 that produces 270 horsepower. With this power plant, the SUV can get off the line swiftly and handle most daily driving tasks with ease. However, if you want a more engaging driving experience, it’s recommended that you get the optional 2.0-Liter turbo-four. Also rated at 270 horsepower, this unit offers livelier acceleration because of its higher torque output. Both engines are paired with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. Except for the Latitude Lux, every Cherokee trim comes standard with four-wheel drive.

If fuel economy is one of your main considerations, you should go for the available 2.0-Liter turbo-four. This engine enables the Cherokee to return 23 mpg on the city streets and 31 mpg on the highway, which is impressive for a midsize SUV. The standard engine is slightly less efficient, giving you 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more engine options than its smaller sibling. Its base engine is a 3.6-Liter V-6 that serves up 290 horsepower, which is adequate in all situations. The available 357 horsepower 5.7-Liter V-8 may be a better option if you plan to do some spirited driving or off-roading on weekends. Starting from the Limited, every trim can be equipped with a 375-horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain that comprises a 2.0-Liter turbo-four engine and an electric motor. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but you can opt for four-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available.

When equipped with the base V-6 engine, the Grand Cherokee has a fuel-efficiency rating of 19 mpg for city driving and 26 mpg on the highway. Choosing the optional V-8 engine causes the figures to drop to 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. To save money at the gas station, it’s best to get the Grand Cherokee plug-in hybrid model, which can run on electricity alone for 24 miles.


The Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee are two-row SUVs that can seat up to five people. The Cherokee offers plenty of legroom in both rows of seats, so you can expect everybody to feel relaxed on long-distance trips. In addition, you’ll have 54.7 cubic feet of cargo space if you fold down the back seats. That’s more than enough for storing a small family’s luggage and belongings.

If you prefer a more spacious and comfortable SUV, you’ll be better off with the Grand Cherokee. This Jeep model features an exceptionally well-crafted cabin with aesthetically pleasing accents and an abundance of quality materials. Both the front and back seats provide ample legroom for even tall adults to stretch out. As for the cargo room, the Grand Cherokee gives you 70.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Infotainment Features

Whether you’re stuck in traffic or cruising on the open road, you can count on the Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Grand Cherokee to keep you entertained with their feature-rich infotainment systems. If you opt for the Cherokee, you’ll get an 8.4-inch touch-screen display, voice recognition, USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and satellite radio as standard equipment. For an enhanced experience, you can add available upgrades, such as rear USB ports, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, HD radio, and navigation.

The Grand Cherokee has the same list of standard infotainment features as the Cherokee, except it comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot and doesn’t have satellite radio. However, it offers many more optional features, which include a 10.1-inch touch-screen display, 10.25-inch passenger-side touch-screen display, nine-speaker Alpine sound system, 19-speaker McIntosh audio system, wireless device charger, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HD radio, satellite radio, and rear-seat entertainment system.

Safety Features

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Another appealing aspect of the Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is that they have a wide range of driver assistance technologies to help you stay safe behind the wheel. Standard advanced safety features found in the Cherokee include blind-spot alert, lane-keeping assistance, lane departure warning, forward collision detection, forward automated emergency braking, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic detection, and a rearview camera. You can further reduce your risk of accidents by getting available features, such as automated high beam headlamps, adaptive cruise control, and automated parking assistance.

The base Grand Cherokee has most of the standard Driver assistance features of the Cherokee. It doesn’t offer rain-sensing windshield wipers, but it adds adaptive cruise control, pedestrian monitoring, and a rear-seat reminder. The optional features include front parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, intersection assistance, lane centering assistance, drive drowsiness detection, night vision assistance, perpendicular and parallel parking assistance, a 360-degree parking camera system, a rearview mirror camera, and a head-up display.

Jeeps At Bachman CDJR in Louisville, KY

If you’re thinking of buying the Jeep Cherokee or the Jeep Grand Cherokee in or near Louisville, Kentucky, we invite you to stop by Bachman Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram for a test drive. With an extensive new Jeep inventory, attractive prices and discounts, and easy and flexible financing solutions, our dealership is one of the best places in the Louisville area to purchase a Jeep SUV. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.