2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Its Competition

2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

It's been about five years since the Grand Cherokee was last redesigned, but thanks to its timeless appearance, it still looks more up-to-date than it is.

With respect to handling, safety, fuel economy, and nearly all other on-the-road pursuits, you could do better in a more modern car-based crossover vehicle.

But if you need true off-road ability, you might also look at the Toyota 4Runner and the Nissan Pathfinder.

The 4Runner is all-new for 2010 and has much improved refinement and a small third-row seat.

Neither offers the option of a high-performance model like the Grand Cherokee SRT8, but the Toyota and Nissan both sport a third row of seating that can come in handy.

If you want a Jeep model with third-row seating, you’ll have to spring for the Jeep Commander.

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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Unless your routine involves off-roading or extremely difficult conditions, the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee only serves to show that modern crossover vehicles are better choices for most families.
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If you can deal with its overwrought styling, the 2010 Honda Pilot is an excellent family vehicle, with the space and comfort of a minivan and good overall performance.
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If you’re after serious off-roading ability, the Pathfinder is more than capable—otherwise, there are comfier options available.
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The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is a brawny “true truck” worth serious consideration if tough off-roading capability for regular trail driving is one of your requirements—and it won’t sacrifice comfort the rest of the time.
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The 2010 Toyota Highlander's appeal has grown even more massive with the addition of a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine for base models.
MSRP From    
$30,710$27,895$27,540$27,500$25,855
Gas Mileage    
12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door Laredo2WD 4-Door LX2WD 4-Door V6 S FE+RWD 4-Door L4 SR5 (GS)FWD 4-Door L4 Base (SE)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
58755
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SR54 Door
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic