2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Its Competition

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

More an SUV than some other five-seat utility vehicles, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has rugged ability to match its rugged look.

It's moving in a different direction than the Ford Explorer, which is now unabashedly a crossover, with everything from an optional turbo four engine to front-wheel drive to voice controls for its infotainment system.

For more adventurous drivers, the VW Touareg has some trail-riding talent and a very upscale interior, while the Land Rover LR4 seats seven and truly can trundle through messy terrain with skill.

The Honda Pilot and Chevy Traverse are seven-seat crossovers, inexpensive enough to be considered as alternatives for those who use their Jeeps that way.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee blurs the SUV-crossover line expertly; better transmissions are at the top of the wish list.
8.2
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse hits a sweet spot for SUV replacers, with none of the flamboyance of a real SUV and more practical gas mileage and interior space.
8.8
The Ford Explorer trades some trail-riding and towing for on-road driving lessons, and comes out fluent.
7.6
The 2013 Honda Pilot looks tough and truck-like from the outside, yet inside it's one of the better family haulers.
7.8
The 2013 Land Rover LR4 is a confident, capable off-roader with an upscale luxury interior, but it's all SUV--and it drives like it.
8.0
The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg delivers good performance and a luxurious interior--although it's a mainstream brand asking for a luxury-vehicle price.
MSRP From     
$27,695$30,510$29,100$29,520$49,100$43,945
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 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 LUX4-Door VR6 Sport
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
587875
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift