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Compare the 2017 Cherokee and Grand Cherokee to Find the Right Jeep For You

By Product Expert | Posted in Jeep on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 6:02 pm
Differences Between 2017 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee

Differences Between 2017 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee

If you’ve just begun exploring the SUV options from Jeep, it can be easy to confuse the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee models. After all, the names are similar, and they look similar too. To help you figure out which one best suits your driving needs, we’ve compared the differences between these two 2017 Jeep models so you can see what actually puts the “grand” in Grand Cherokee.

Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee Engine and Efficiency Specs

Whichever model you choose, one thing you certainly won’t be lacking is power and options for 4×4 systems. But if you really desire a lot of power, the Grand Cherokee may be the best option, while the more efficient Cherokee has a standard engine that can better handle any fuel-saving desires with up to 30 mpg highway. Check out the engines below to decide what blend of efficiency and power is necessary for your typical drive.

2017 Cherokee 

2.4L TIGERSHARK – 184 hp, 171 lb.-ft. of torque 

3.2L PENTASTAR V6 – 271 hp, 239 lb.-ft. of torque 

MAX MPG – 21 city/30 hwy

2017 Grand Cherokee 

3.6L PENTASTAR V6 – 295 hp, 260 lb.-ft. of torque 

3.0L ECODIESEL V6 – 240 hp, 420 lb.-ft. of torque 

5.7L HEMI V8 – 360 hp, 390 lb.-ft. of torque 

MAX MPG – 19 city/26 hwy

Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee Cargo Capacity

Although both models fall under the compact SUV category, the Grand Cherokee does provide superior space for cargo carrying needs with up to 67.5 cu. ft. compared to the Cherokee’s 54.9 cu. ft. of space. The Grand Cherokee also has a higher max towing capacity at 7,400 pounds, though the Cherokee’s max towing capacity of 4,500 pounds still remains impressive in the segment.

With all that said, figures for passenger volume between the two vehicles is so close you’re unlikely to even notice the difference. Despite the Grand Cherokee clearly being the larger option, the Cherokee more than makes up for it with a surprisingly spacious interior of 103.4 cu. ft.

2017 jeep cherokee cargo space

Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee MSRP and Standard Features

differences between 2017 jeep cherokee and grand cherokee interiorSome drivers may prefer the Cherokee’s superior efficiency, while others may go for the Grand Cherokee’s larger cargo area. Many drivers, however, will make their decision between these two models based on price.

The Cherokee is certainly the more budget-friendly option with a starting MSRP of only $23,595. Yet, it delivers excellent value through standard features like a 3.5-inch TFT instrument cluster display, a Jeep Cargo Management System, LED daytime running lights/taillights, illuminated cup holders and a touchscreen infotainment display.

Those without a strict budget to stick to may find the Grand Cherokee to be the more luxury-level option. Though the Cherokee has some upscale trim options, the Grand Cherokee rivals luxury brands with a starting MSRP of $30,295 and more premium-level standard features like dual-zone automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch LCD instrument cluster, premium fog lamps, heated exterior mirrors and Keyless Enter-N-Go.

[Read more: See the convenience of Jeep’s Keyless Enter-N-Go system in action]

As you can see, there’s no right or wrong option when comparing the differences between these two 2017 Jeep models. You can either opt for the more economical and efficient Cherokee that still packs a punch, or consider something more in-line with premium SUVs through the Grand Cherokee. If you’re still unsure, no problem. We have much more information to share, so do not hesitate to contact us at Parks Motors with your questions.

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