Full-size SUVs have a lot to offer drivers across the Danville, Sunbury, and Lewisburg, PA, areas. They feature outstanding engines, great performance, and tons of room for family, passengers, and cargo. They also give you superior technology options for everything from safety to entertainment.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner are two popular SUVs, known for their ability to handle all sorts of variable conditions. The team at B.Z. Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT created this handy side-by-side comparison review to show you how they differ

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Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner: Engine Basics

The 2021 Grand Cherokee trim level lineup features a high-performance Trackhawk, which implements a blistering Supercharged 6.2L V8 that puts out a whopping 707 horsepower. The base level of the Grand Cherokee gives you 293 horsepower with its standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine. Another trim level includes the Trailhawk, which has the same engine and additional performance-enhancing features for off-road experiences to produce 295 horsepower.

The 2021 4Runner also offers different trim levels with design modifications to incorporate off-road activities. However, this SUV only has a single engine across the entire lineup, and it only gives you 270 horsepower. If you're looking for more variety when selecting engine capacity, the Jeep has more options for you.

If you've got to tow a trailer or your boat for your weekend adventures, both SUVs offer towing capabilities. If you want to add in some extra weight with confidence, the Grand Cherokee may be better for you. Maximum available towing capacity is 7,200 pounds, whereas the 4Runner's towing capacity maxes out at 5,000 pounds.

Off-Road Performance

Let's talk off-roading. After all, a full-size SUV needs to be able to perform in tough terrain. The 4Runner gets solid traction from its 4WD system. The TRD Pro trim level is specially designed for rugged off-road experiences. The suspension has oversize TRD-tuned FOX® high-performance shocks with rear remote reservoirs and TRD-tuned front springs, giving you a boost over unforgiving terrain.

The Trailhawk trim level of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is also off-road ready. This trim level gives you the Jeep Quadra-Drive® II 4WD system. The Quadra-Lift® Suspension system sturdily lifts your vehicle ground clearance to 10.8 inches. This is higher than the 4Runner's ground clearance of 9.6 inches.

Hill Ascent and Descent Control is available to help you control your vehicle when ascending or descending on steep, unstable terrain. Also added in are underbody skid plates that are like armor protecting your fuel tank and engine. Need to ford an unexpected stream on your off-road adventure? No problem. The Grand Cherokee's high air intake and special water sealing helps get you through up to 20 inches of water.

Whether you are on a paved or dirt road, weather conditions can change fast. That's where these two models have systems designed to manage different terrain. The 4Runner has an available Multi-Terrain Select system, where you can switch between modes that will enhance traction in different situations. Jeep's available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System also comes in handy. You can toggle between the following settings:

  • Auto
  • Sport
  • Sand/Mud
  • Snow

These customized settings will optimize your Jeep's 4x4 system to best handle the different kinds of varying terrain you come across. So, whether you've got a snowy commute ahead of you in the morning, or a muddy spot to get through on a country dirt road, the 2021 Grand Cherokee has your back.

Both vehicles have an available locking rear differential system. This distributes engine power evenly to both rear wheels, giving you an assist when going over unstable terrain. So, no matter what surface you're driving over, both vehicles are equipped to help give you the extra boost to get you moving forward safely.

Safety and Driver Aid Technology

Toyota offers a driver-assistant safety system suite called Toyota Safety Sense™ P. Designed with you and your passengers' safety in mind, relax when you're on the road knowing this safety system has your back.

Find yourself driving late at night? Automatic High Beams will automatically toggle between high and low beams, depending on surrounding traffic, so you can see better. Lane Departure Alert will let you know if the system detects you drifting out of your lane.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control will use vehicle-to-vehicle distance control to maintain a preset distance from the vehicle ahead of you. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection will alert you if the system detects an imminent forward collision. It will also apply the brakes if you don't react in time.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a range of active and passive safety controls. This includes the standard ProTech I Package. With Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection, the system makes sure that your blind spot is covered, especially important when driving in heavy traffic areas. ParkSense® Rear Park Assist will let you know if obstacles are in your way when in reverse. Lastly, see everything clearly when backing up with the ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera.

That isn't it when it comes to safety packages in the Grand Cherokee. Also available is the ProTech II Package. This safety package includes:

  • Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
  • Advanced Brake Assist
  • LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Automatic High-Beam Headlamps

Safety is important whether on the paved roads or on an off-road adventure. That's why both vehicles are sturdily equipped to handle collisions. The 4Runner has side-impact door beams designed to absorb collision energy and keep it away from passengers. The Cherokee has a chassis that's manufactured with advanced high-strength steel, also designed to absorb the energy of a collision and keep it away from the cabin.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner: Decision Time!

Both vehicles are great for rugged adventures. But, if you are looking for a more powerful SUV with the possibility of a large towing capacity, the Jeep Grand Cherokee could be for you!

If you're interested in checking out the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee for yourself in Sunbury, Danville, or Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, B.Z. Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT is here to help. Just stop into our showroom or contact us and ask one of our sales associates about taking a test drive of this full-size SUV today.

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