2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota Highlander

May 29th, 2018 by

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota Highlander

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota Highlander

It’s easy to praise the off-roading capabilities and cargo capacity of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s a Jeep after all, a brand that has not forgotten its roots to this day. But how does it stack up in the areas that are distinctly 21st-century, like passenger space, tech options, and innovations in automotives? Read on to see it compared to a more conventional mid-size SUV, the Toyota Highlander.

Interior: Toyota Highlander

You’ll find plenty of headroom in the Jeep Grand Cherokee but there is a bit of a squeeze in leg room. The Highlander has four extra inches of it in the front seat. Things even out one row back, with equal head and leg room on either vehicle. The Highlander has a third row, a feature the Jeep Grand Cherokee lacks. But that third row is so lacking in leg room you’ll probably only want the kids back there.

While we’re giving this contest to the Highlander due to space alone, keep in mind that the Grand Cherokee has a more attractive cabin overall and you’ll only miss the third row if you’re a regular six- or seven-people hauler.

Infotainment and Tech: Jeep Grand Cherokee

If you want to pair your smartphone to your SUV, the Grand Cherokee can do that. Do you want rear-seat entertainment and WiFi hotspot? That’s the Grand Cherokee too. What about a responsive infotainment system? Jeep’s UConnect is one of the best out there.

The Toyota Highlander seems to be on the other end of the spectrum. It has no smartphone connectivity, no WiFi hotspot or rear seat entertainment, and its Entune infotainment system lags. To Highlander’s credit, there are a lot of physical buttons and knobs to partly make up for the slow infotainment system.

Power: Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with a standard 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. And if that’s not enough, it has three V8 engine options. That’s power in spades.

The Toyota Highlander’s standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 185 horsepower. While it doesn’t feel exactly anemic, it’s also nothing to write home about. You might feel the strain when the SUV is fully loaded. We recommend upgrading to the optional 3.5-liter V6 but this engine still trails the options on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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