2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Its Competition

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The new Grand Cherokee still calls itself an SUV, while seven-seat “crossovers” rule the sales charts today.

Of those vehicles, the Cherokee’s most like the VW Touareg in interior room and off-roadability.

The Touareg can be frighteningly expensive, though.

The Cherokee’s far more attractive than the blocky Honda Pilot, but it’s not quite as distinctive as the boutique-shopper’s choice, the rather exclusive Land Rover LR4.

The Chevrolet Traverse equals the Cherokee in drivetrain refinement, but it’s much more comfortable toting tots than crossing anything more challenging than a four-way intersection.

The wild card here: Ford’s 2011 Explorer, which ditches body-on-frame design for crossover appeal and better fuel economy.

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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one capable, good-looking crossover—and a welcome sign of life from Chrysler.
8.0
The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse isn’t fun to drive, but it’s one of the best large crossover wagons for transporting the family comfortably and safely.
8.6
The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses.
7.0
If you can get past the garish grille and overwrought look, the 2011 Honda Pilot is a fine family vehicle, with minivan-like interior space and decent performance.
7.8
The 2011 Land Rover LR4 takes on tough terrain with ease, and it's become more adept at imparting a carlike driving feel.
8.0
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has dropped some of its ruggedness in favor of the comfort suburban families want—but it's still not quite a rival to luxury-brand utes.
MSRP From     
$30,215$29,370$28,360$28,320$47,650$44,450
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door LaredoFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door LX4WD 4-Door V84-Door VR6 Sport
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
587855
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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