There's a reason why Jeep has a legacy that reaches back to World War II and has never been out of production. The original Jeep was designed for performance with an adventurous spirit that lets you go anywhere and do anything. That legacy has stretched down throughout the decades and is alive and well in the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee of today.

Many Jeep fans across Lewisburg, Sunbury and Danville get confused, however, at the difference between the two. Both are crossover SUVs, but each occupies a different slot in the Jeep lineup. Let's examine the similarities and differences between the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, so you can make the right decision in your SUV shopping.

Cherokee vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance

 Any comparison of crossover SUVs should start with performance. The Cherokee has two available engines, a 2.4-liter 4 cylinder that delivers 184 horsepower and a 3.2 liter V6 which gives you 271 horsepower.

The Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, is a sizable SUV and requires more power to get from place to place. The Grand Cherokee also offers the single most powerful engine in the sector, a 6.2-liter HEMI V8 in the Trackhawk package which puts out a blistering 707 horsepower.

Interior Cabin

The Jeep Cherokee is a smaller vehicle than the Grand Cherokee, but it certainly doesn't feel small in the cabin. You will find comfort in 128 cubic feet of passenger volume overall, with front passengers getting 39.4 inches of headroom and 41.1 inches of legroom and back seat passengers enjoying 38.5 inches of headroom and 40.3 inches of legroom.

The Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, despite being a larger SUV, actually has slightly lower passenger volume, with 105.4 cubic feet of total space. Front seat passengers get 39.9 inches of headroom but only 40.3 inches of legroom, and back seat passengers get 39.2 inches of headroom and 38.6 inches of legroom.

Taller passengers might enjoy more headroom in the Grand Cherokee, but there's less room to stretch out and less total passenger volume overall.

Cargo Space

The Jeep Cherokee gives you 25.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, with a total of 54.9 cubic feet when all the seats are folded down. The Grand Cherokee, as a larger SUV, gives you a bit more cargo space. Behind the third row is 36.3 cubic feet, but it expands to 68.3 cubic feet with all the seats folded down.


 Off-roading in any Jeep is going to be best in class, and it's no different with the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. Each offers the celebrated Trailhawk trim, which gives you the Jeep Active Drive AWD system, specially tuned off-road suspension, underbody skid plates, higher ground clearance and hill ascent and descent control to crawl over the toughest terrain. If off-road performance is what you're looking for, you'll get the best in either SUV.

Test Drive Both at BZ Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT

You can see from our 2018 Jeep Cherokee vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee review that the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers greater power at the top level engine and more cargo space, while the Cherokee is your better bet for a cabin that feels big and offers more overall passenger space. Both are outstanding vehicles, and you'll need to decide for yourself which is better for you.

Fortunately, if you're in the Sunbury, Lewisburg and Danville areas, you can get behind the wheel of both at BZ Motors CDJRF. Stop in to our showroom today!

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