2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Its Competition

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8

The 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee faces a wide range of competitors, including car-based crossovers (with little or no off-road capabilities) and true sport utility vehicles (with genuine off-road skills).

The true SUVs in this comparison include the Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Pathfinder, and the ancient twins from General Motors: the GMC Envoy and Chevrolet TrailBlazer.

The Toyota and Nissan are both larger than the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but they don't share the Jeep's nimble off-road handling.

Neither offers the variety of engines found in the Jeep or a performance model like the Grand Cherokee SRT8.

But practically, the Toyota and Nissan both sport a third row of seating that can come in handy.

And the quality of either of these nameplates is reassuring, especially in light of the Jeep's rather spotty reputation for reliability.

Unless you feel compelled to shop another domestic manufacturer, skip the choices from GM; these two SUVs haven’t been kept as up-to-date.

The Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot are car-based crossovers.

Even when ordered with four-wheel drive, these SUVs aren't designed for tough off-roading, even if the Pilot does look somewhat rugged, though both have a very spacious interior with three rows of seating.

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Quick Specs
7.4
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.
6.6
Families can do much better with any of the more modern crossover SUV designs—including Chevy’s own Traverse—but the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is still a good vehicle for towing purposes.
6.6
The 2009 GMC Envoy is only somewhat suited to hauling passengers from point A to point B. But if you tow frequently, the Envoy might still make sense.
8.0
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
7.6
If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
7.2
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
MSRP From     
$30,450$29,155$30,625$27,695$26,980$28,415
Gas Mileage     
11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door Rocky Mountain2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT2WD 4-Door SLE2WD 4-Door LX2WD 4-Door V6 SRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555875
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SR5
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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