Differences Between: 2017 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Jeep Cherokee


2.4 L I-4


184 hp


171 lb-ft

Fuel Economy:

21 city / 30 hwy mpg *


9-speed shiftable automatic

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee


3.6 L V6


360 hp


390 lb-ft

Fuel Economy:

19 city / 26 hwy mpg *


8-speed shiftable automatic

2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Deciding between the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee isn't as easy as it used to be. The Cherokee has really stepped up its game. The Grand is still more upscale, but the Cherokee's new Overland edition is narrowing the gap. For 2017, shoppers will find more models, including Trailhawk editions in both styles.


Mated with a class-exclusive nine-speed automatic, Cherokees come with either a fuel-saving four-cylinder that kicks out 184 horsepower. The V-6 engine with stop-start technology generates 271 horsepower. Top tow ratings are 2,000 pounds. Since it's larger, the Grand Cherokee starts you off with 295 horsepower. Outfitted with an effective eight-speed automatic transmission, this big guy can tow 6,500 pounds. For more performance, you can pick a 360-horsepower V-6 cranks out 360 horsepower. A HEMI V-8 generates 475 horsepower. This powerhouse comes with track-select control and launch control as well as Brembo brakes.

Trailhawk editions for both SUVs joined the lineup for 2017. On the Cherokee, there's an Active Drive II system and an off-road suspension. Low-rev torque help this Jeep really handle the trail. For Jeep's top four-wheel drive system, Quadra Drive II, you'll want to step up to the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Quadra Lift, Jeep's special air suspension, provides enhanced damping and more ground clearance.


Even as the Grand Cherokee moves further into upscale territory, the Cherokee adds its first premium offering. This broadens the appeal of both SUVs. Catching up with the Grand, the Cherokee now comes with more noise insulation for a quieter cabin. Also new, it offers a panoramic sunroof like its bigger sibling. Each vehicle has an ergonomic design with high quality materials. The supportive front seats are matched with sliding, reclining rear seats. Grand Cherokee trim levels offer exclusive leathers and other high design elements. Yet the new Cherokee Overland allows the smaller SUV to offer premium design elements of its own. Jeep's nod to personalization really shows in the Cherokee lineup where you can get sporty red or tangerine interior accents. Dash tech standards on both models include a rearview camera, a touchscreen, and Bluetooth audio streaming. While the Grand Cherokee offers 36 cu.ft. in its cargo hold, the Cherokee has a respectable 24 cu.ft. Both allow you to fold the second row, and the Cherokee lets you fold the front passenger seat as well.


The 2017 Cherokee now has ten airbags for extra protection. Both SUVs offer special exterior aids ranging from automatic wipers to exclusive cornering lights. Likewise, both have EARS, an after-crash system. In the event of a wreck, the system turns on the interior lights, flashes the hazards, and unlocks the doors to assist rescue efforts. Crash avoidance features have been added to the Cherokee's roster, bringing it closer to the Grand Cherokee's feature list. This means you can choose either SUV and still get automated features to assist the lane watch and forward collision alert. The popular automated parking system on the Grand Cherokee is now offered on its smaller sibling.

Whether you favor the 2017 Jeep Cherokee or the Jeep Grand Cherokee, you'll have many choices. The Cherokee now comes in eight editions while the Grand offers ten. Take a test drive of your local at Lake Keowee Jeep dealer in Seneca, SC.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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