Which Cherokee is Right for Me? The Jeep Cherokee versus the Grand Cherokee

What are the differences between the Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee? Two signature vehicles from the Jeep family have much in common, but there are some notable differences in the two models. While both the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee are both great vehicles, you must decide which Jeep is right for you and your needs in Torrington.


  • Estimated 19 City / 27 Hwy MPG
  • 271 Hp / 239 Lb-Ft Torque
  • 3.2 Liter Base Engine Size
  • 2,000 lb Max Towing Capactiy
  • Standard Bluetooth Compatibility
    • Estimated 18 City / 25 Hwy MPG
    • 293 Hp / 260 Lb-Ft Torque
    • 3.6 Liter Base Engine Size
    • 3,500 Max Towing Capacity
    • Standard Bluetooth Compatibility


    The most obvious difference in the Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the size of each vehicle. The Jeep Cherokee is a smaller, crossover Sports Utility Vehicle, or a CUV. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is considered a full-size Sports Utility Vehicle.

    The Jeep Cherokee seats up to five comfortably, as does the Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee has a little more legroom than the Jeep Cherokee, however. Neither has a folding rear seat, but the Grand Cherokee has a little more cargo space than the Jeep Cherokee.

    The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers 36.3 cubic feet of cargo room, while the Jeep Cherokee provides 25.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

    Also, those passengers riding in the second row of the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be afforded a much more spacious ride on trips to Avon. Shorter rides to Waterbury are recommended for the Jeep Cherokee. Furthermore, if the Jeep Cherokee in question has a sunroof, the many Waterbury passengers will see a decrease in the available headroom of the vehicle.


    The Jeep Cherokee comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Whereas the Grand Cherokee comes equipped with a larger 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces up to 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

    As far as performance, most enthusiasts state that the Jeep Grand Cherokee's increased horsepower and towing capability make it more of an outdoor vehicle than the Jeep Cherokee. Those who want the perks of driving an SUV but who will be traversing the concrete jungle rather than off-road trails will be more suited to drive the Jeep Cherokee.

    The Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers multiple four-wheel-drive systems, one of which is the Quadra-Track II. The Cherokee is equipped, at the Trailhawk trim level, with Jeep's Active Drive Lock.



    Other Notable Interior Comparisons

    Both the Jeep Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee offer high-quality interior materials, but the Grand Cherokee provides slightly better overall interior features. The Grand Cherokee can be customized to include soft leather seat material with metal accent pieces.

    The Jeep Cherokee does possess trim levels that offer top-quality leather seats and more durable interior materials that our Hartford drivers appreciate.

    Both the Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee offer seven-inch touch screen infotainment systems, as well as standard equipped software Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    The Grand Cherokee offers some neat technological upgrades not found in the Jeep Cherokee, such as an upgraded sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a push-button start.


    The Jeep Cherokee offers many safety amenities, but this is on upper trim levels. The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with forward collision warning and active braking as well as adaptive cruise control.

    As you can see, both the Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are great vehicles, but the choice is really up to you as to which best fits your unique lifestyle in Torrington.