2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Toyota 4Runner

There are many types of SUV on the road. From compact to large, truck-based or crossovers, each one brings different advantages. While the classic SUV was designed to handle the woods as much or better than the road, today most drivers never need to take their vehicles off the pavement. However, when off-road adventuring is a key feature, one of the models in this 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Toyota 4Runner comparison might be a good bet.

Both the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2017 Toyota 4Runner are midsize SUVs that can offer adventurous drivers premium off-road chops. The 2017 4Runner is available on lower trims with a third row and seven passenger seating (though that drops to five on upper models) while the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is slightly smaller and seats five in all trims. However, in spite of being a smaller vehicle, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee starts out with more engine power and better fuel efficiency (an unusual one-two punch). From that base model, the 2017 Cherokee continues to pile on features, power, and capability.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Toyota 4Runner
$30,395 Starting MSRP $34,210
19/26 mpg Mileage (city/highway) 17/21 mpg
3.6-L V-6 (293 hp) Base Engine 4.0-L V-6 (270 hp)
7,400 pounds Max. Towing 5,000 pounds

Luxury and Off-Roading on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

One of the great advantages that the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee brings to this comparison is the ability to do a little of everything well. Drivers who are looking for an attractive commuting vehicle can enjoy its respectable fuel economy ratings and standard comfort features like dual-zone automatic climate control and rear parking sensors. The base 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 offers some attractive off-roading features right out of the gate (like skid plates and power outlets) but it doesn't offer advantages like automatic climate control until you reach the premium levels.

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner also lags behind its Jeep rival when it comes to engine options. Its standard 4.0-liter V-6, rated for 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque is the only engine option. In contrast, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee starts with a more powerful V-6 and is also available with a diesel engine and a brawny 5.7-liter V-8 that cranks out 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. In this 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Toyota 4Runner comparison, the Jeep offers the greatest available towing, with up to 7,400 pounds when properly equipped. That drops slightly for 4x4 models, but is still head and shoulders above the Toyota off-roading option.

We love the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and would recommend the off-road optimized Trailhawk trim to any family or individual with the need for a comfortable midsize SUV with advanced off-roading needs, like selectable driving modes with trail-tackling options, an air suspension, low-range gearing, and an electronic limited-slip differential. Contact a member of the Fury Motors Stillwater sales team to learn more about this vehicle in Oak Park Heights MN.

interior seating and the gorgeous sunroof of the elite 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit model
attractive rear view of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee driving on a dirt road in scrubland
side view of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee with rocks in the background
steering wheel and Uconnect infotainment system of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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