2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee


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Features & Specs

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Toyota Highlander

Base Engine

3.6L V6

2.7L I-4

Fuel Capacity

24.6 gal

19.2 gal


295 hp @ 6400 rpm

185 hp @ 5800 rpm

Ground Clearance

8.6 in

8.0 in

Cargo Capacity (all seats in place)

36.3 cu.ft.

13.8 cu.ft.

Angle of Approach

26.2 degrees

18.0 degrees

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Toyota Highlander near Philadelphia, PA

If you're looking for an SUV, you will find a dizzying array of options. We want to help you make your big purchase decision easier by showing you exactly why we love the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and how it compares to a popular competitor, the 2017 Toyota Highlander. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is an off-road-ready, two-row midsize SUV with a plush, comfortable interior. The Toyota Highlander is a well-rounded, three-row SUV. These two SUVs both offer different strong traits, but if you're not desperate for the extra seating the Highlander offers, we think most people will prefer the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a range of engines for various personalities. The standard is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that cranks out 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This engine is tried-and-true and is both loved and sought after. It grants a healthy balance between power and fuel economy, providing up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway. If more horsepower is what you're after, there's an alternative 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that generates 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. For better fuel economy, swapping the standard engine for a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 will fulfill that need; this engine offers up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway as well as 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. If you really desire performance, the Grand Cherokee SRT offers an exclusive 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine powered by SRT that achieves 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Every engine in the lineup is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. V6-engine models can be fitted with two-wheel drive, but all other models come standard with four-wheel drive.

2017 Toyota Highlander Power & Handling

There are three engine options available for the 2017 Toyota Highlander. The standard engine is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder that generates 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are incredibly low; the Grand Cherokee's base engine provides 100 horsepower more than this initial engine. Even worse, the Highlander is much larger than the Cherokee-that lack of horsepower is something you truly feel when driving the Highlander. Worst of all is the fuel economy; this four-cylinder achieves only 24 miles per gallon on the highway. There's an alternative 3.5-liter V6 engine that's much more pleasant, providing 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. This engine is very comparable to that found in the Grand Cherokee, however, upgrading to this engine will cost you more. There's also a hybrid powertrain available for the Highlander that adapts the previously mentioned V6 and creates 306 net horsepower. There are no engines stronger in the lineup-the strongest engine for the Highlander is still comparable to the base engine in the Grand Cherokee. While the Highlander offers a hybrid, it does not offer a diesel engine option such as the EcoDiesel available for the Grand Cherokee, which can be easier to deal with if you don't have a hybrid charging station at home.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a member of the midsize SUV class and has plenty of room inside its cabin for five people. There are five trim levels for the 2017 model year Grand Cherokee: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit. Standard features in the base Laredo trim level include many pleasantries such as heated mirrors, foglights, automatic headlights, keyless ignition and entry, alloy wheels, automatic two-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped, ergonomic, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Technology features are also present, including a 5-inch touchscreen display for the desirable Uconnect infotainment system that's complete with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an aux audio jack. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are also standard.

2017 Toyota Highlander Features & Design

The Toyota Highlander is a large SUV with seating for seven or eight, depending on configuration. There are six trim levels for the 2017 Toyota Highlander: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum. The LE offers some comfort features such as automatic headlights, alloy wheels, heated mirrors, and a Safety Sense bundle. However, it does lack some basics, such as keyless entry and ignition. Base-level sound systems and tech features in both the Highlander and Grand Cherokee are comparable.


The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2017 Toyota Highlander are close competitors. Ultimately, the Toyota Highlander sincerely lacks the power found in every Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers far more potential for power and capabilities, a wealth of standard features, and a great reputation. To learn more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee for the 2017 model year, contact us below, give us a call, or swing by our dealership! We'd love to tell you more about how the Grand Cherokee shapes up to competitors.

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