Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2006 Toyota 4Runner VS 2006 Jeep Grand Near Phoenix, AZ

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2006 Toyota 4Runner

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2006 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Toyota 4Runner have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the 4Runner 4x4’s standard Downhill Assist Control allows you to creep down safely. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer Downhill Assist Control.

The 4Runner’s gas tank is mounted inside the frame rails in front of the rear axle to optimally protect the fuel tank in a collision. The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s gas tank is mounted behind the rear axle, where it is more susceptible to rear collisions.

Both the 4Runner and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available front seat side-impact airbags, head airbags and all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the 4Runner 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Grand Cherokee. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Grand Cherokee ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

The 4Runner’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Grand Cherokee runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the 4Runner have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

The 4Runner’s reliability is better than the Grand Cherokee’s. In Consumer Reports, the 4Runner’s reliability is 90% better.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 4Runner first among midsize sport utilities in their 2005 Initial Quality Study. The Grand Cherokee isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2005 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics which show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 95 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota 4Runner V6 is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8:

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

8.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 4Runner gets better city fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee:

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

2WD

V6/Auto

18 city

17 city

V8/Auto

17 city

15 city

4.7 V8

5.7 V8/Auto

n/a

15 city

4WD

V8/Auto

16 city

15 city

4.7 V8

The 4Runner has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Grand Cherokee (23 vs. 20.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the 4Runner Sport’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Grand Cherokee:

4Runner Sport

Grand Cherokee

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.9 inches

The 4Runner’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Grand Cherokee are solid, not vented.

The 4Runner stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

205 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the 4Runner has larger tires than the Grand Cherokee (265/65R17 vs. 235/65R17). The 4Runner’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Grand Cherokee (265/65R17 vs. 245/65R17).

The 4Runner Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 4Runner Limited has standard 18 inch wheels. The Grand Cherokee’s largest wheels are only 17 inches.

The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Jeep Grand Cherokee only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 4Runner offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Grand Cherokee (9.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Toyota 4Runner may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 4Runner Sport 4x4 is quieter than the Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4:

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

At idle

40 dB

46 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The 4Runner offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Grand Cherokee can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Grand Cherokee.

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

Third Seat Folded

36.6 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

42.1 cubic feet

34.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

75.1 cubic feet

67.4 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the 4Runner easier. The 4Runner’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.1 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The 4Runner has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The 4Runner will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the 4Runner will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Grand Cherokee.

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

Four Year

45%

33%

Two Year

59%

47% to 48%

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