2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is, as it's always been, part rugged SUV and part comfortable family vehicle.

What's new about the current-generation Grand Cherokee is how this model has deftly entered the luxury realm, competing against some models with pedigreed luxury badges.

For instance, the Land Rover LR4 is the Grand Cherokee's equal in capability, if not all-out luxury; but the Land Rover is priced higher and doesn't allow as many powertrain choices.

The Ford Explorer has sharp-steering, and it's a quick-footed way to tote up to seven passengers, but it's bigger and car-based with no more off-road cred.

The Volkswagen Touareg has a nice interior, although it lacks many of the Jeep's features and has shed some of its off-road gear in recent years.

For the crossover crowd that doesn't care so much about off-roading, the Grand Cherokee's rivals could include the Chevy Traverse or Equinox.

Yet we think the Subaru Outback is closest to its temperament and its utility.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a lot more than first appearances might suggest: a true luxury vehicle, a capable off-roader, and a fuel-efficient diesel highway hauler—potentially all in the same build.
The 2016 Chevy Traverse is a smooth and comfortable alternative to the minivan or full-size SUV.
The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power.
One of the few true SUVs left on the market, the 2016 Land Rover LR4 offers uncompromised off-road ability at the cost of on-road handling and fuel economy.
Tough, go-anywhere capability can go together with a streamlined wagon design, class-leading safety, and a comfortable ride: The 2016 Subaru Outback is a conceptual mashup that's better than the sum of its parts.
Expensive and fancy for a vehicle from a mainstream brand, the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg is also less expensive than some comparable luxury-SUV options.
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Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Standard SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleStandard SUV 2WDN/ASmall SUV 4WDN/A
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door 75th AnniversaryFWD 4-Door LS w/1SMFWD 4-Door Base4WD 4-Door4-Door Wagon 2.5i4-Door V6 Sport
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility4MOTION
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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