Compare 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2008 Nissan Pathfinder

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2008 Nissan Pathfinder
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RWD 4-Door Rocky Mountain
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Laredo 16 21 $28,090 $30,450
RWD 4-Door Rocky Mountain 16 21 $28,090 $30,450
4WD 4-Door Laredo 15 20 $29,898 $32,420
4WD 4-Door Rocky Mountain 15 20 $29,898 $32,420
RWD 4-Door Limited 16 21 $34,183 $37,220
4WD 4-Door Limited 15 20 $36,099 $39,310
RWD 4-Door Overland 14 19 $37,954 $41,410
4WD 4-Door SRT-8 11 14 $39,389 $42,965
4WD 4-Door Overland 13 19 $41,081 $44,845
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2WD 4-Door V6 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door V6 S 15 22 $25,283 $26,980
4WD 4-Door V6 S 14 20 $27,154 $28,980
2WD 4-Door V6 SE 15 22 $28,054 $30,280
2WD 4-Door V8 SE 13 18 $29,533 $31,880
4WD 4-Door V6 SE 14 20 $29,904 $32,280
4WD 4-Door V8 SE 12 18 $31,614 $34,130
4WD 4-Door V6 SE Off Road 14 20 $32,585 $35,180
2WD 4-Door V6 LE 15 22 $33,418 $36,080
2WD 4-Door V8 LE 13 18 $34,990 $37,780
4WD 4-Door V6 LE 14 20 $35,452 $38,280
4WD 4-Door V8 LE 12 18 $37,024 $39,980
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,090
$25,283
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,450
$26,980
Monthly Payment Estimate
$508 / month
$450 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee works well on road and trail, but a cramped interior and low fuel economy indicate that there are better choices for suburban families. If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
56.2 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 34.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 40.0
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.3 57.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 58.3
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 40.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 58.4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.9 149.1
Third Leg Room (in)
- 28.1
Third Hip Room (in)
- 44.0
Third Head Room (in)
- 36.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 57.1
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
85.5 72.6
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
9.9 8.6
Length, Overall (in)
188.0 192.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Height, Overall (in)
68.9 72.4
Liftover Height (in)
33.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
109.5 112.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.5 49.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 44.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 34.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 73.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.8 79.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 16.5
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x 1.2 11.7 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.6 12.1 x 0.7
Brake Type
Power Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 21.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.85 3.54
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 39.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/75R16
Rear Tire Order Code
TCH NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/75R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact P245/75R16
Front Tire Order Code
TCH NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBG NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 6000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4261 4446
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 10.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
750 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 266 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 288 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
EKG VQ40
Displacement
3.7L/225 4.0L/241
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 22
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.35
Trans Order Code
DGJ NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 3.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 3.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.53
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Jeep Grand Cherokee Nissan Pathfinder
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
SLA independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 1.0
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar Double-Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.30
Suspension Type - Rear
Live Axle Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar Double-Wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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