Jeep and Toyota have long provided some of the most impressive off-roaders with models like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Toyota 4Runner. Whether you’re kicking up dirt or bringing that boat out on a family trip, these vehicles are designed specifically to offer fantastic engine power.
At Rockwall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR), we’ve heard from many drivers who are curious about how these two vehicles differ. In this comparison, we’ve set out to explain that to Rockwall, Terrell, Rowlett, and Wylie, TX, drivers today!
Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner: Battle of the Powertrains
It all comes down to raw power with these two brawny SUVs, and each vehicle comes to us with a solid engine offering. The Toyota 4Runner only gives us one standard powertrain—a 4.0L V6 engine that produces up to 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. You’ll get some solid acceleration with this engine and a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.
On the other hand, we have the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which provides three whopping powertrains to choose from. To get the maximum towing capacity from this vehicle, you’ll want the available 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine with 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. When properly configured, you’ll be able to tow up to 7,200 pounds behind you with this robust engine.
Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner: Fuel-Saving Engine Options
If you’re wondering about what is the highest MPG that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has to offer, you’ll want to make use of this SUV’s standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine. That’s because this powertrain gives you an EPA-estimated 19 city/26 highway MPG when using the standard 4×2 drivetrain.
Drivers won’t be treated to the same fuel economy aboard the Toyota 4Runner with its standard 4.0L V6 engine. That’s because this powertrain only gives you an EPA-estimated 16 city/19 highway MPG. You’ll notice a significant reduction in fuel usage when you drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner: Off-Road Potential
Drivers have surely heard of the off-road capabilities of these vehicles. You can tell they’ve been designed to take on the trail with their high ground clearances and impressive 4×4 drivetrains. You can crawl over some rocks or drive through mud when you take these SUVs out for an adventure.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee makes your off-road excursions a little easier using an available Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension system. This unique air suspension allows you to change your ground clearance as the situation demands by utilizing a set of suspension height modes. If you need your car low to allow easy entry/exit or high for off-roading, this vehicle lets you choose how high you ride.
The Grand Cherokee also has a ground clearance of 11.3 inches! The Toyota 4Runner’s ground clearance caps out at 9.6 inches.
Should I Buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee or a Toyota 4Runner?
The Toyota 4Runner is a vehicle built to power through harsh conditions, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee simply offers more power and utility. Why not try out the utility of this vehicle on the roads around Rockwall, Terrell, Rowlett, and Wylie, Texas, by scheduling a test drive at Rockwall CDJR today!