How Does the Jeep® Grand Cherokee Stack Up Against the Competition?

November 8th, 2021 by

At Twin Lakes Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM, we have everything the Jeep-minded driver needs to get where they need to be. Whether it’s parts and accessories for a pre-owned model or shopping for a brand-new Jeep SUV, our dealership is here to help.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee is a popular choice on our lot, and it’s no secret why. Here’s how this SUV stacks up against the competition, such as the 2021 Toyota Highlander.

Trim Levels

With no less than 10 different trim levels to choose from, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee truly has something for everyone. From the base-level Laredo trim to the decked-out luxurious Summit model, here is the full list of trims for 2021:

  • Laredo
  • Freedom
  • Laredo X
  • Limited
  • 80th Anniversary
  • Limited X
  • Trailhawk
  • Overland
  • High Altitude
  • Summit

By contrast, the Toyota Highlander only has seven trim levels to choose.

Engine and Powertrain

The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a V-6 engine that makes 293 horsepower and 260 lbs-ft of torque—plenty of strength for most drivers. But for the more ambitious Jeep enthusiast, an optional V-8 bumps this SUV up to a powerful 360 horses.

The standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine in the Highlander SUV makes 295 horsepower, but its optional hybrid drivetrain only puts out a combined 243 horsepower.

Towing Capacity

Regardless of which model or configuration is chosen, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has some hefty towing capabilities. The base V-6 model can pull up to 6,200 pounds, while the brawny V-8 engine pushes that figure up to 7,200 pounds.

The Highlander SUV falls short of the Jeep’s capability for both powertrains. The base engine tows just 5,000 pounds, while the hybrid version maxes out at 3,500 pounds—less than half of what the Grand Cherokee SUV can manage.