Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 4Runner

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Grey Red

Rugged, capable, and practical SUVs are highly sought after. Few models are able to travel over rocky terrain and tow trailers while still being comfortable enough for your daily commute. A pair of options which can toe the line between comfort and adventure would be the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Toyota 4Runner.

The Grand Cherokee and 4Runner are regularly cross-shopped around Shrewsbury, Auburn, and Worcester, MA. Which traits define each model? Which model is best for you? The Grand Cherokee vs. 4Runner comparison we’ve developed at Harr Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will answer all these questions and more!

Grand Cherokee vs 4Runner: Performance Chops

2021 Jeep Grand CherokeeThere’s a noticeable performance gap between the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and rivals such as the Toyota 4Runner. The Jeep comes with four engine options—a V6 and three V8 engine offerings. Toyota only offers the 4Runner with a single motor, a modest V6 engine making 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque.

The base V6 engine of the Grand Cherokee measures 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Two of the V8 engines are ideal for everyday travels as they deliver ample power:

  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine making 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.4L SRT® V8 engine making 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque

The last Grand Cherokee engine is the stuff of legend. The Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine delivers 707 horsepower, 645 lb-ft of torque, and can get your Jeep SUV moving from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.5 seconds. A few performance inclusions that allow the 6.2L engine to run so hot are high-strength, forged-alloy pistons, powder-forged connecting rods, and sodium-cooled exhaust valves.

Grand Cherokee vs 4Runner: Maximum Towing Capacity

2021 Jeep Grand CherokeeWith the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee having a noticeable performance edge over the Toyota 4Runner, it’s not surprising to learn that the Jeep also retains an edge in towing capacity. At its best, the Toyota 4Runner is able to tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The standard V6 engine of the Grand Cherokee measures 6,200 pounds of maximum towing capacity when properly equipped. If you choose any of the V8 engine offerings, your Jeep SUV will basically serve as a truck, thanks to a massive maximum towing capacity of 7,200 pounds when properly equipped!

Grand Cherokee vs 4Runner: Fuel Economy Rating

2021 Jeep Grand CherokeeWhile the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner are more known for their towing and off-roading than their fuel economy, efficiency still plays a key role in these comparisons.

The EPA-estimated 16 city/19 highway MPG of the 4Runner is a pretty paltry return, even by large SUV standards. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is able to do much better with its own V6 engine, measuring in at an EPA-estimated 19 city/26 highway MPG.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Is Stronger, More Efficient than the 4Runner

Not only does the 2021 Grand Cherokee prove to be more capable and powerful, it also scores higher at the pump than the 4Runner does.

There are many variations of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and our Harr CDJR online inventory houses each kind. So, begin browsing through the unique trim levels, and if you want a test drive around Worcester, Auburn, and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, we can make that happen!


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