2017 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

When you think of the Jeep brand, you’re probably thinking of major towing and off-road capability. And while the 2017 Jeep Cherokee and 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee are both known for these qualities, there are a few major differences that set them apart. In this review, our team at Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR) will examine the variations our Chicago, Skokie, and Park Ridge customers care most about.

Rugged Engine Performance

When it comes to off-road adventure, both the 2017 Jeep Cherokee and 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee are well muscled. However, engine size differs majorly. The Cherokee comes with a MultiAir inline 4-cylinder that maintains 28 highway MPG and 21 city MPG.1

The Grand Cherokee is equipped with a 6-cylinder engine. While this V6 is supported by an efficient stop-start dual battery system, it can only achieve 26 highway MPG and 19 city MPG.2

Although the lower mileage in the Grand Cherokee may bother some, it more than makes up for it with increased horsepower (293 to its counterpart’s 184).

Jeep Towing and Off-Road Capabilities

With such a difference in engine size, there will also be a considerable difference in towing capability. The Cherokee, equipped with Trailer Sway Damping and a normal duty suspension, can haul up to 4,500 pounds.3 The Grand Cherokee, with Eco suspension, can tow up to 6,200 pounds.4

Cargo loads may vary between these two Jeep models; however, each includes its own set of stability and roll mitigation controls to maintain handling. In fact, while it can haul less, the Jeep Cherokee may have an edge in stability, as it includes Jeep Active Drive I and Selec-Terrain®. The purpose of both these features is to heighten grip and steering precision on loose or slippery roads.

2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Technology

When it comes to convenient interior technologies, the most prominent asset of the Jeep Cherokee is the Uconnect® suite. This package includes a 5-inch LCD touchscreen, as well as a media hub with an SD reader, USB port, and auxiliary jack. With these features, you’ll have plenty of music to play over the 6-speaker audio system.

The Grand Cherokee also includes the Uconnect® suite and six speakers. However, it takes its interior comforts a step further by incorporating a 7-inch LCD instrument cluster. Here, you can view vehicle metrics and trip details.

In addition to Uconnect®, convenience features like a dual-zone automatic temperature system and day/night shifting rearview mirror have been included in the Grand Cherokee, giving it an altogether hardier technology package.

Which Jeep Model Is Right for You?

Both the 2017 Jeep Cherokee and 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee have many benefits for drivers in the Chicago, Skokie, and Park Ridge areas. They make excellent all-weather vehicles, include plenty of interior comforts, and are packed with power.

If you’d like more information about either car, give us a call at Marino CJDR. Our team would be happy to discuss either model in detail. Contact us today to learn more.


1. Actual mileage may vary. For more information, please visit: www.jeep.com/fuelefficiency.
2. Actual mileage may vary. For more information, please visit: www.jeep.com/fuelefficiency.
3. When properly equipped. See dealer for details.
4. When properly equipped. See dealer for details.


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