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Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner

If you want an SUV that easily goes from the highway to the trail, then you may have your eye on models like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner. In truth, either SUV is adventurous enough for drivers around Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Bartow, but which one has more of the features you need?

To help you decide, the team at Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Winter Haven put together this Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Toyota 4Runner comparison.

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Grand Cherokee vs 4Runner Capability

Those of you looking for an SUV to take on off-road excursions will probably be pretty happy with either the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner.

The two vehicles each have an available 4WD system with an extra low gear ratio that’ll help you crawl along tough trails. Plus, they both have a terrain select system that lets you optimize your performance to suit your specific terrain.

The Grand Cherokee and 4Runner are also equipped with plenty of power to help you get moving. They come standard with a V6 engine. However, you get a bit more power from the one in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

This standard engine is the 3.6L Pentastar® V6 that generates 295 horsepower. The 4Runner, on the other hand, only produces 270 horsepower with its 4.0L V6 engine. The V6 engine specs may be why the 4Runner can’t tow as much as the Grand Cherokee:

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 towing capacity: 6,200 pounds
  • Toyota 4Runner V6 towing capacity: 5,000 pounds

Not only can the standard engine in the Grand Cherokee tow more, this SUV also offers three V8 engines that produce 360 horsepower, 475 horsepower, and 707 horsepower, respectively. These engines bump up your towing capacity to a maximum of 7,200 pounds for the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Smart Safety Features

We’ve talked about taking it to the trail, but what about when you’re driving along the main roads? When you’re commuting to work, carpooling to practice, or heading out on a road trip, both SUVs will give you several driver-assist features designed to help you stay safe. These include:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation
  • Lane Keeping
  • Smart Cruise Control

While both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner have features that can help you reach your destination more safely, only the Grand Cherokee offers systems that can help you park once you get there.

One of these systems is available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. This system prompts you to accelerate, brake, and shift while it automatically steers you into a parking space. The Grand Cherokee also has available ParkSense® Rear Park Assist, which provides an alert when you get too close to an object behind you while in reverse.

Unfortunately, the Toyota 4Runner doesn’t offer any comparable parking aids, so drivers may struggle a bit more when trying to maneuver into a tough space

Will You Drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner?

After comparing the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner, the team at DCJR of Winter Haven found a lot to like about what the Grand Cherokee brings to the Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Bartow areas.

Want to see it for yourself? Contact us to test drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee today!