Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. The Competition in Fargo, ND

How Does the New Jeep Grand Cherokee Compare to Its SUV Competitors?

Jeep. It's a name that carries your mind to rocky hills and muddy trails. It makes people think of the desert and snow. Of highways and backroads. How can one vehicle brand make so many people think of so many different places? Because people know that when you're behind the wheel of a Jeep-brand model that you're taking control of a vehicle that's built to go anywhere.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the perfect example. While it has all the amenities you'd expect from a comfort-focused passenger vehicle, its design delivers the rugged versatility that drivers in West Fargo and Detroit Lakes need to take on anything. It doesn't matter if you're looking for something to handle everyday errands or to be a companion on your most ambitious adventures, the Grand Cherokee is the SUV that can do it.

Which isn't to say there aren't others that can wave that same flag. Competitors like the Toyota 4Runner and Ford Edge both provide vehicle packages designed to deliver a higher level of ability. The big question for you, of course, is which one does the job best? Let's take a look at what all three have to offer.

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The obvious draw of the Grand Cherokee is the way it combines the rugged pedigree of the Jeep brand with a superior level of performance and comfort. No matter which model of the Grand Cherokee you choose, you'll get a powerful engine under the hood and plenty of space inside. That latter benefit comes from its design priorities. Rather than trying to cram seven seats into its mid-sized design, it instead focuses on delivering a roomy five-seat interior with plenty of room to haul cargo or for its passengers to stretch and relax. Just as off-road as it is on them, there's a reason Jeep's flagship has remained a consistent favorite among many drivers.

Performance: 3.6-liter V6 (295 horsepower, 260 pounds-feet of torque, 19/26 miles per gallon), 5.7-liter V8 (360 horsepower, 390 pounds-feet of torque, 14/22 miles per gallon), 3.0-liter diesel V6 (240 horsepower, 420 pounds-feet of torque), 6.4-liter V8 (475 horsepower, 470 pounds-feet of torque, 13/19 miles per gallon), 6.2-liter supercharged V8 (707 horsepower, 645 pounds-feet of torque, 11/17 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Uconnect Infotainment System, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Parking Sensors, Heated Seating, Power Liftgate, Built-In Navigation, Harman/Kardon Audio System

Safety Features: Rearview Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane-Departure Warning, Lane-Keeping Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking

Starting Price: $31,000

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner

A rugged mid-size SUV with an increasingly rare body-on-frame chassis, the Toyota 4Runner is an off-road centric vehicle that works hard to provide drivers with the tools they need to leave the road behind. Offering ample cargo space and seating for up to seven passengers, the 4Runner lacks some modern features but arguably makes up for it with a design explicitly built to take a beating.

Performance: 4.0-liter V6 (270 horsepower, 278 pounds-feet of torque, 17/21 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Entune Infotainment System, Built-In Navigation, Water-Resistant Fabric, Heated Seating, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Entune Premium Audio

Safety Features: Electronic Stability Control

Starting Price: $35,500

The 2018 Ford Edge

A five-seat SUV aimed firmly at delivering solid features and powerful powertrain options, the Ford Edge has emerged in recent years as one of the more popular options in the mid-size segment. With lots of room for cargo and passengers, drivers who choose the Edge should have little trouble hauling passengers, groceries, and more. While not specifically built for harsher conditions, the Ford Edge also has more than enough grit to handle weekend camping trips and more.

Performance: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (245 horsepower, 275 pounds-feet of torque, 20 city/29 highway), 3.5-liter V6 (280 horsepower, 250 pounds-feet of torque, 17 city, 26 highway miles per gallon), 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (315 horsepower, 350 pounds-feet of torque, 17 city/24 highway miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Sync Infotainment System, Keyless Entry, Push-Button Start, EasyFold Rear-Seat Release, Parking Assist, Hands-Free Liftgate, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Reverse-Parking Aid, EasyFold Remote Rear-Seat Release, Built-In Navigation, Heated/Ventilated Seating, Rear-Seat Entertainment System

Safety: Inflatable Rear Safety Belts, Forward-Collision Warning, Parking-Assist System,  Rearview Camera, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane-Keeping Warning, Parking Assist

Base Price: $30,000

Which Option is the Right SUV for Me?

There are a lot of things to like about both the Toyota 4Runner and Ford Edge. The 4Runner is one of the toughest vehicles on the road and definitely delivers if you're looking for a vehicle that's designed explicitly to deal with conditions off-road. It also provides the option of a seven-seat model.

The problem with the 4Runner? Its design is on the older side and its focus can be too narrow for many drivers. Something like the Jeep Grand Cherokee can go off-road with ease, but also delivers a modern interior that's packed full of features aimed at improving the experience of everyone inside. The Grand Cherokee also boasts a solid suite of active safety features. The 4Runner offers you airbags and not much else. When you add in a starting price that's nearly $4,000 more than the Grand Cherokee, you get a vehicle that's good at what it does, but not good enough to beat the competition.

The Ford Edge has a similar problem. While it's slightly less expensive than the Grand Cherokee out of the gate, it's also weaker under the hood. Even at its base level, the Grand Cherokee's 3.6-liter V6 is more capable than the Edge's base 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. The Edge also can't reach anywhere near the heights of performance offered by the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Even discounting straight-up horsepower, the Edge falls short. The Grand Cherokee is a comfortable SUV that's built to excel in a diverse range of conditions. The Ford Edge? It's a comfortable SUV with enough grit to dabble. If you're intent in driving an SUV that can take you anywhere, the Grand Cherokee is the SUV that can do it.

Come and Take it For a Test Drive at Corwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep

Would you like to learn more about everything that the new Jeep Grand Cherokee has to offer? The best way to get a taste for its experience is to get behind the wheel of one yourself. When you come and visit us at our dealership in Fargo, you'll find test models available for you try on the road. And if you find you'd prefer something else? Our inventory has a thorough new vehicle inventory that includes an array of models from the Jeep lineup and more. We serve customers in Moorhead and Wahpeton, and we'd love to serve you.


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