Jeep is one of the leading brands in the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) classification. While the brand offers a variety of vehicles, the two most popular options are the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee.

The former is considered a compact SUV that offers a 54.7 cubic-foot cargo hold and the latter a mid-size with a 68.3 cubic-foot cargo hold.

Aside from this difference, given the fact that their names are alike, as are their aesthetics, differentiating between the two vehicles can be difficult.

If you’re on the market for a Jeep and are trying to decide between the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee, we’ve put together a list to compare the features to help you decide which option is the right one for you.

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Jeep Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee

Interior

Both 2020 models of the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are outfitted with beautifully-crafted interiors that features top-of-the-line specs.

Accommodations for five passengers are offered in both models, with the Cherokee, as mentioned, offering 54.7 cubic-feet of cargo space and the Grand Cherokee offering 68.3 cubic-feet.

Other features for both vehicles are as follows:

Jeep Cherokee Front and Rear Seats

The following features are standard in all models of the 2020 Jeep Cherokee:

Front SeatsRear Seats
Bucket seats
Height adjustable driver and passenger seat
Fold flat passenger seat
Power adjustable lumbar support in the driver seat, as well as the passenger seat in the Limited
8-way power driver seat
Driver memory setting
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
4.1. inches of leg room
39.4 inches of head room
53.8 inches of hip room
Split folding
Ventilation ducts
Reclining seats
Folding center armrest
38.5 inches of head room
49.9 inches of hip room
40.3 inches of leg room
55.1 inches of shoulder room
*Heated second-row seats are available in all models.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Front Seat and Rear Seats

Front SeatsRear Seats
Bucket front seats
Height adjustable driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Height adjustable passenger seat (excluding the Altitude)
40.3 inches of leg room
Leather upholstery (excluding the Altitude)
Multi-level heating driver seat
39.9 inches of heat room
8-way power passenger seat (excluding the Altitude)
58.7 inches of shoulder room
39.2 inches of head room
56.2 inches of hip room
38.6 inches of leg room
58 inches of shoulder room
Ventilation ducts
Split-folding seatbacks
Folding center armrest

Towing Capabilities

All Jeep makes are known for their towing capabilities, with the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee offering the most powerful capabilities.

While both 2020 models can tow an impressive amount, the 2020 Cherokee offers a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds and a max payload of 1,000 pounds, whereas the Grand Cherokee can tow a maximum of 6,200 pounds and a max payload of 1,370 pounds.


Engine Specs

Grand Cherokee

  • 260 feet-pounds @ 4000 rpm torque
  • 3.6 liter
  • 295 horsepower @ 6400 rom
  • 37.1 feet turning circle
  • 24 valves
  • Variable valve timing
  • Double overhead cam
  • V6

Jeep Cherokee

Cherokee LatitudeCherokee Limited and Trailhawk
171 feet-pounds @4600 rpm torque
2.4 liter
180 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
37.7 feet
16 valve
Variable valve timing
Single overhead cam
Inline 4 cylinders
239 feet-pounds @ 4400 rpm
3.21 liters
721 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
Turning circle: Trailhawk = 38.1 feet, Limited = 37.7 feet
24 valves
Variable valve timing
Double overhead cam
V6

Safety, Technology, and Comfort Features

Whether you choose the 2020 Jeep Cherokee or Grand Cherokee, you’ll feel safe and comfortable; you’ll be well-connected, too. Both are outfitted with the most advanced safety, technology, and comfort features.


Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety Features

The Grand Cherokee Limited, Limited X, and Altitude models as well as the Cherokee Limited, Trailhawk, and Latitude all boast the following safety features:

Grand CherokeeCherokee
Turn signal mirrors
Daytime running lights
Rear child safety door locks
Engine immobilizer
Dual front side-mounted airbags
Stability control
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Rear height adjustable headrests
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Auto delay headlights
Traction control
Blind spot warning accident avoidance
4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Brake drying
Emergency braking preparation
Post-collision safety system
Child seat anchors
Dusk sensing headlamps
Ventilated front disc/ solid rear disc brakes
Rear parking sensors
Rear view camera
Turn signal mirrors
Daytime running lights
Rear door child safety locks
Engine immobilizer
Dual front side-mounted airbags
Stability control
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Rear height adjustable headrests
Auto delay headlamps
Traction control
Blind spot warning accident avoidance system
4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Post-collision safety system
Child seat anchors
Front and rear head airbags
Dusk sensing headlamps
LED headlamps
Ventilated front disc/ solid rear disc brakes
Rear parking sensors
Rear view camera
The Grand Cherokee Limited X also features Xenon high intensity discharge headlamps The Cherokee Limited also boasts a remote anti-theft alarm system.

Grand Cherokee Technology/In-Car Entertainment Features

The Limited, Limited X, and Altitude offer the following technology/in-car entertainment feature:

  • Satellite radio with real time traffic satellite radio
  • Am/FM stereo
  • Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
  • USB connection
  • 6 speakers

Cherokee Technology/In-Car Entertainment Features

The Limited, Trailhawk, and Latitude all boast the following:

  • AM/FM stereo
  • Satellite radio
  • Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
  • USB connection

The Limited also offers a stereo output of 506 watts and 9 Alpine speakers. The Trailhawk and Latitude features a total of 6 speakers.


Jeep Grand Cherokee Comfort and Convenience Features

Limited, Limited X, and Altitude provide the following features for your comfort and convenience:

  • Overhead console with storage
  • Steering wheel audio and cruise controls
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Climate control
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Electronic power steering
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Universal remote transmitter
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front one-touch power windows
  • Heated side view mirrors
  • Hands-free entry

Jeep Cherokee Comfort and Convenience Features

The following comfort and convenience features are offered in the Limited, Trailhawk, and Latitude models:

  • Steering wheel audio and cruise controls
  • Keyless ignition
  • Climate control
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Electric power steering
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Universal remote
  • Interior air filtration

Pricing

Prices for the 2020 model year of the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee vary according to the trim you choose, as well as any additional features you may decide to add. With that said, the suggested MSRP is as follows:

2020 Grand Cherokee2020 Cherokee
Limited: $41,855
Altitude: $40,290
Limited X: $46,755
Latitude Plus: $28,895
Trailhawk: $34,505
Limited: $34,595
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