Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee: Similarities and Differences

August 31st, 2016 by


The Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are two Jeep SUV models that have many similarities and some differences. To some, the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee look similar, and since both models have a similar name, many people don’t realize that the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are actually two different models. While the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee have many of the same basic interior features, the engines and exterior of both vehicles are different.

As Jeep products, both of models come standard with six speakers, a 5-inch touchscreen display and Uconnect 5.0 for entertainment. The Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are also available as two-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles and both modes have the option of a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. And both models are five passenger SUVs with off-roading capabilities.


The Jeep Cherokee has three engine options — a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine, a 2.4-liter I4 PZEV M-Air engine, and a 3.2 -liter V6 engine with electronic start-stop. All three engine options are  paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Cherokee’s smaller size and engines give the Cherokee a slightly better fuel economy than the Grand Cherokee. When equipped with the 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine, the Cherokee has a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

The Grand Cherokee is available four engine options. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 engine, but buyers have the option of a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, and the performance SRT 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. When the Grand Cherokee is equipped with the standard 3.6-liter engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, the Grand Cherokee has a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.


The Cherokee is a more rugged vehicle that is intended for off-road driving, and the Grand Cherokee, although suited for off-roading, is more of a luxury SUV. The Jeep Cherokee is slightly smaller than the Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee has a cargo capacity behind the first-row of seating of 67.5 cubic feet and the Cherokee offers 54.9 cubic feet. This Jeep Cherokee’s more compact body makes it a little easier to navigate tight roads that are off the beaten path.

The Jeep Cherokee rides on 17-inch steel wheels and all-season tires, and the Grand Cherokee has 17-inch aluminum rims. The 2016 model year Cherokee features a new headlight design that finally gives it a more distinctive look from the Grand Cherokee’s traditional boxy headlights. The Cherokee’s new headlights are narrow and slanted that have LED running lights and Bi-Function halogen projector headlamps.

Interested in seeing the differences and similarities between a Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Cherokee for yourself? Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to test drive both models today. You can also search our inventory online here.