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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The crossover market is full of options in all different shapes and sizes. If you're looking for a crossover that isn't as small as a compact SUV but also isn't as large as a full-size three-row vehicle, then the midsize crossover market might suit you best. Let us help you find the right vehicle by comparing two models that will likely make it near the top of your list: the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

Though these models fit into the same segment and both have a maximum passenger capacity of 5 people, they are actually quite different. This fact is perhaps most obvious when comparing engine options between the two vehicles. As you can see from the chart below, the Grand Cherokee blows away the Santa Fe Sport when it comes to standard engine power. To keep things fair, the Santa Fe Sport does offer an available 240-horsepower turbocharged engine, but it still falls short of the Grand Cherokee's standard power plant. Moreover, the Santa Fe Sport comes nowhere close to the Grand Cherokee's available 360-horsepower HEMI V8, and it doesn't offer a diesel option either.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
295 hp, 260 lb.-ft. of torque Standard Engine Specs 185 hp, 178 lb.-ft. of torque
3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 Diesel Option n/a
7,400 lbs. Maximum Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs.
5 Seating Capacity 5

Powerful and Heavy-Duty Driving Capabilities Give the 2017 Grand Cherokee an Edge

Of course, you may think that more engine power means worse fuel economy, but that isn't necessarily the case. The Grand Cherokee can still achieve up to 26 mpg highway with the standard gasoline-powered engine. But if fuel economy is a key concern of yours, then the Grand Cherokee's diesel engine option is the way to go, as its 30 mpg highway exceeds anything offered on the 2017 Santa Fe Sport.

As you can see, the Grand Cherokee is versatile, making it an appealing option for your commute to work and any heavy-duty driving tasks you might have. For example, if you have towing needs, you can utilize the Grand Cherokee's impressive maximum towing capacity of 7,400 lbs. But, when you just want to relax and enjoy your drive, the Grand Cherokee's standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted shift levers and dual-zone automatic temperature control (none of which is standard on the 2017 Santa Fe Sport) provide luxury-level comfort.

We could talk all day about the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but when comparing it to the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, you probably can already see how Jeep's two-row midsize crossover is capable of handling whatever the road might throw at it. Experience it for yourself by scheduling a test drive at Parks Motors.

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