Compare 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2008 Toyota Highlander

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2008 Toyota Highlander
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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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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 24 $24,475 $27,500
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $25,765 $28,950
FWD 4-Door Sport 18 24 $26,833 $30,150
4WD 4-Door Sport 17 23 $28,124 $31,600
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $29,281 $32,900
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $30,571 $34,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,090
$24,475
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,450
$27,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$508 / month
$458 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.8
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. Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 43.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.9 145.7
Front Hip Room (in)
56.2 56.7
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 40.6
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.3 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 59.7
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 40.1
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.9
Third Hip Room (in)
- 42.3
Third Head Room (in)
- 36.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
68.9 68.1
Liftover Height (in)
33.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
109.5 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
85.5 75.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
9.9 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
188.0 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.5 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.8 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.6 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
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 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 19.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.85 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 38.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
TCH NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBG NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TCH NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4261 3979
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 9.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
750 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 249 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
EKG NA
Displacement
3.7L/225 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.52
Trans Type
5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.36
Trans Order Code
DGJ NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 3.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.05
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 4.24
Summary
Vehicle Name
Jeep Grand Cherokee Toyota Highlander
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
SLA independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Live Axle Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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