Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Cherokee Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Cherokee

Are you ready to take your weekend adventures to the next level in Chicago, Skokie, Park Ridge, and Forest Park, IL? To do this, you’ll have to choose your off-roading machine. At Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, we offer two powerful vehicles that can navigate through any terrain: the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Cherokee. Which one should you choose?

Continue reading below to discover what makes each model unique and extraordinary.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Jeep Cherokee: Power

Jeep Grand Cherokee PowerThe Jeep Grand Cherokee offers outstanding power capabilities. Its most powerful engine, the Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine has 707 horsepower with 645 lb-ft of torque. It also supports 7,200 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped.

Even its standard engine, the 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine, has impressive specs with 295 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 pounds when properly configured. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is truly a powerhouse that won’t disappoint when it comes to strength.

As a compact SUV, the Jeep Cherokee doesn’t possess as much power as the Grand Cherokee, but it doesn’t need to if you’re primarily a weekend adventurer.

The Cherokee’s standard 2.4L Tigershark® Multiair® 2 engine allows you to tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped and produces up to 180 horsepower with 171 lb-ft of torque. If you upgrade to the Latitude Lux trim, the 3.2L Pentastar® V6 engine generates up to 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. It also has a 4,500-pound maximum towing capacity when properly configured, while the Engine Stop/Start technology helps save fuel.

In many ways, the Jeep Cherokee keeps up with the Grand Cherokee while offering the benefit of increased gas mileage without sacrificing power.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Cherokee: Off-Road Capabilities

Jeep Grand Cherokee Off Road

The Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee have efficient off-roading abilities. Both models offer a Trail Rated® trim that excels in five specific areas of terrain conquering:

  • Traction
  • Maneuverability
  • Articulation
  • Water fording
  • Ground clearance

You can find this badge on the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk trims. Plus, both models offer several available 4×4 systems for added capability.

The Quadra-Drive® II and Quadra-Trac® 4×4 Systems make all the magic happen in the Grand Cherokee. Specifically, the Quadra-Drive II® 4×4 System with rear electronic limited slip differential keeps 4-wheel-drive constantly activated and can transfer 100% of torque to one rear wheel if necessary.

With its unique 4-wheel-drive systems, the Grand Cherokee is prepared for all weather and road conditions. But the 4-wheel-drive system isn’t limited to the Grand Cherokee.

All the 2021 Cherokee trims have a 4×4 system that utilizes the Jeep® Active Drive and Jeep® Active Drive Lock 4×4 Systems to allow to clear unpredictable paths even with slow speeds.

Grand Cherokee vs Cherokee: Size & Interior

Although the Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV and the Cherokee is a compact SUV, they don’t differ too much when it comes to size. Their biggest difference is the amount of cargo space.


Grand Cherokee

Cargo Space

25.8 cu. ft.

36.3 cu. ft.

Cargo Space With Rear Seats Down

54.7 cu. ft.

68.3 cu. ft.

Jeep Grand Cherokee InteriorThe Grand Cherokee’s additional 10.5 cubic feet of cargo room could be the difference between bringing an extra passenger with their sleeping bag and having to leave them behind. However, the Cherokee’s compact design makes it ideal for parking in the city.

Both SUVs offer SiriusXM Guardian™ to connect to your vehicle remotely. With this technology, you can obtain a monthly summary of your vehicle’s systems, turn on the air conditioning or heat before entering your SUV, and start the vehicle by using your cellphone.

Choose Your Jeep: Grand Cherokee vs Cherokee

Choosing between two great SUVs is exciting for drivers around Chicago, Skokie, Park Ridge, and Forest Park, Illinois. Our experts at Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram can help you decide whether the Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Grand Cherokee is right for you. We know all about Jeeps and can answer any questions you have.

Give us a call and schedule your test drive today!