Jones Auto Centers Compares 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2018 Toyota 4Runner Near Buckeye, AZ

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2018 Toyota 4Runner

Safety Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) offers optional Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The 4Runner doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Grand Cherokee uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The 4Runner uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the 4Runner have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and front parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is safer than the Toyota 4Runner:

 

Grand Cherokee

4Runner

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

107

267

Neck Injury Risk

24%

47%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

438 lbs.

Neck Compression

33 lbs.

54 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

321/349 lbs.

488/468 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

242

367

Neck Injury Risk

23%

57%

Neck Stress

84 lbs.

271 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

340/145 lbs.

453/353 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is safer than the Toyota 4Runner:

 

Grand Cherokee

4Runner

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

215 lbs.

233 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

36 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

20 inches

HIC

182

507

Spine Acceleration

28 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

609 lbs.

895 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Grand Cherokee is 3.9% to 7.8% less likely to roll over than the 4Runner.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 89 percent more Jeep dealers than there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the Grand Cherokee is under the seat, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Grand Cherokee’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The 4Runner’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (295 vs. 270) than the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6. The Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 90 more horsepower (360 vs. 270) and 112 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 278) than the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6.

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 278) than the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Grand Cherokee is faster than the Toyota 4Runner:

 

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8

4Runner

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

6.6 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

14.9 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

92.8 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Grand Cherokee V6 diesel gets better fuel mileage than the 4Runner:

 

 

Grand Cherokee

4Runner

 

RWD

Auto

22 city/30 hwy

17 city/21 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/20 hwy

 

On the EPA test cycle the Grand Cherokee gets better fuel mileage than the 4Runner:

 

 

Grand Cherokee

4Runner

 

2WD

V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/21 hwy

 

4WD

V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/20 hwy

 

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee V8’s fuel efficiency. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Grand Cherokee V6’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The 4Runner doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Grand Cherokee has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4Runner (24.6 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Grand Cherokee V8/Diesel’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4Runner:

 

Grand Cherokee V8/Diesel

4Runner

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.3 inches

The Grand Cherokee stops much shorter than the 4Runner:

 

Grand Cherokee

4Runner

 

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

201 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 4Runner Limited’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota 4Runner has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the 4Runner (114.7 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

The Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the 4Runner TRD Off-Road pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the 4Runner TRD Off-Road (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.5 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the 4Runner (10.8 vs. 9.6 inches), allowing the Grand Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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Unibody construction makes the Grand Cherokee’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The 4Runner doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

The Grand Cherokee offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 4Runner doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 is quieter than the 4Runner TRD Off-Road:

 

Grand Cherokee

4Runner

Full-Throttle

70 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee has .6 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 5.7 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 4Runner.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Grand Cherokee offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Grand Cherokee automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The 4Runner’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 4Runner doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Grand Cherokee’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 4Runner does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Grand Cherokee and the 4Runner have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Grand Cherokee is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The 4Runner prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Grand Cherokee’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The 4Runner’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Grand Cherokee has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the 4Runner only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Grand Cherokee offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 4Runner doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The 4Runner has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited/TRD Pro.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 4Runner doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Grand Cherokee’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 4Runner’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

When the Grand Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland/Summit is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The 4Runner’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Grand Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland/Summit has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The 4Runner offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the 4Runner offer optional heated front seats. The Grand Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland/Summit also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the 4Runner.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Grand Cherokee’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the 4Runner Limited.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) offers an optional Adaptive Speed Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 4Runner doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The 4Runner doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Grand Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the 4Runner because typical repairs cost much less on the Grand Cherokee than the 4Runner, including $211 less for a water pump, $202 less for a starter, $97 less for fuel injection, $47 less for front struts, $1011 less for a timing belt/chain and $51 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its December 2011 issue and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 won out over the Toyota 4Runner SR5 4x4.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Toyota 4Runner by almost two to one during the 2016 model year.

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