Comparison: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Comparison: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Toyota 4Runner

There’s no shortage of SUVs on the market, but what has become a rarity is a ute that’s as suitable for unpaved terrain as it is taking the kids to soccer. Top concerns among Newton drivers are safety in all weather conditions, fuel efficiency, and availability of driver assistance tech.

Between the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee or the 2018 Toyota 4Runner, only one SUV meets these qualifications We’ll reveal below, so read on to see which midsize SUV comes out ahead.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2018 Grand Cherokee comes with four regular gas engines (including one that’s new for 2018) and one diesel. V6 models are available with all-wheel drive, while V8 variants include it standard. All models have an 8-speed automatic transmission. Plus, you can tow up to 7,400 pounds with the new Grand Cherokee.

The base powertrain is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and has a fuel economy of up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. The other V6 option is a diesel engine, making 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.

Next up is a 5.7-liter V8 that churns out 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, getting up to 22 MPG. The Grand Cherokee SRT has a 6.4-liter V8 that makes 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, while the brand new Trackhawk has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that churns out 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. You lose some fuel efficiency in exchange for extra ponies, with SRT and Trackhawk models getting up to 19 MPG and 17 MPG, respectively.

Toyota 4Runner

The 2018 4Runner has just one engine option: a 4.0-liter V6 that makes 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. It’s available with all-wheel drive, but can only tow up to 5,000 pounds fully equipped.

Despite having less power than the Grand Cherokee, the 4Runner still loses in the fuel economy category. Two-wheel drive models get up to 17 MPG city and 21 MPG highway, while 4WD variants get 17 MPG city and 20 MPG highway. So, whether you value efficiency or power, the Jeep wins both contests.

Safety and Driver Assistance Technology

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep has improved its safety game over the years, and the current iteration of the Grand Cherokee is proof. It comes available with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Blind Spot and Cross-Path Detection, Enhanced Accident Response System, Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, and a ParkView Back Up Camera.

Safety features also include Electronic Rear Limited-Slip Differential, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Lock On Sync Tire Pressure Sensor, Rain Brake Support, Ready Alert Braking, Selec-Speed Control, Sentry Key Theft Deterrent, and Trailer Sway Damping.

Toyota 4Runner

The 4Runner comes standard with a backup camera and optional with front and rear parking sonar, but is not available with any other type of driver assistance tech, putting it behind the pack in its segment.

The Toyota SUV does include Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. It also comes equipped with Safety Connect emergency and roadside assistance.

Pricing

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Starting at $30,595 MSRP

Toyota 4Runner Starting at $34,410 MSRP
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