2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Its Competition

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is rugged, comfortable, and even luxurious, and that expands its competitive set.

Traditional rivals start with the Ford Explorer, which carries up to seven passengers while offering sharp steering and deft moves for a large vehicle.

However, the Explorer is larger, car-based, and can’t go off-road as well as the Grand Cherokee.

In concept, the closest rival is the Volkswagen Touareg, which has a similarly upscale interior.

It lacks some of the features that the Grand Cherokee has and doesn’t offer quite as much off-road capability any more.

The Chevrolet Traverse has been recently updated, but it isn’t nearly the off-roader or towing ace that the Grand Cherokee is.

We think the Subaru Outback is close to the Grand Cherokee’s temperament and cargo utility, but, again, it isn’t as capable.

Finally, Porsche's Cayenne offers fiery performance, especially in its top versions.

It also has some off-road credibility, though it costs much more.

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Quick Specs
7.7
Only poor crash test scores keep the Grand Cherokee down, as this talented family hauler offers luxury and utility and buyers can choose off-road capability, track talent, or even more luxury.
7.4
A new powertrain and crisp (but conservative) styling mean the Traverse is once again a contender in the three-row crossover race.
6.7
The 2018 Ford Explorer has pulled off a graceful transition from clumsy off-roader to genteel family wagon.
7.0
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is a richly appointed luxury SUV that earns its Porsche badge. It's one of few cars on the road that manage to feel special in standard or top trims, despite a $100,000 price difference.
7.8
Unless you really need three rows of seats, the 2018 Subaru Outback is the sensible SUV alternative.
6.5
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas does little wrong, but it's light on personality and a little low-rent inside—and it guzzles fuel. It's worth a look, but mostly rivals do more for less.
MSRP From     
$30,895$29,930$32,140$60,600$25,895$30,750
Gas Mileage     
11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSport Utility VehiclesStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDN/A
Style Name     
Altitude 4x2 *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door L w/1L0Base FWDAWD2.5i2.0T S FWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
587557
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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