Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2013 BMW X3 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2013 BMW X3

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The X3 doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X3 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X3 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee weighs 455 to 1333 pounds more than the BMW X3. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the X3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 8 times as many Jeep dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8’s reliability will be 34% better than the X3 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 will be 59% better than the X3.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Grand Cherokee third among midsize crossover/SUV’s in their 2012 Initial Quality Study. The X3 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 50 more horsepower (290 vs. 240) than the X3 xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 60 more horsepower (360 vs. 300) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 300) than the X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 160 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 260) than the X3 xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 300) than the X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee V8’s fuel efficiency. The X3 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Grand Cherokee uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The X3 requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Grand Cherokee has 6.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 (24.6 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee stops shorter than the X3:

Grand Cherokee

X3

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Grand Cherokee’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X3 (265/50R20 vs. 245/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Grand Cherokee offers optional 20-inch wheels. The X3’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Grand Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the X3, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee offers an optional automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Grand Cherokee’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The X3 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the X3 (114.8 inches vs. 110.6 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the X3’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X3 (8.6 vs. 8.5 inches), allowing the Grand Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Grand Cherokee Quadra-Lift’s minimum ground clearance is 2.8 inches higher than on the X3 (11.3 vs. 8.5 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee has 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the X3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Grand Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The X3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X3 with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 19 cubic feet). The Grand Cherokee has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X3 with its rear seat folded (68.3 vs. 56.6 cubic feet).

The Grand Cherokee’s cargo area is larger than the X3’s in almost every dimension:

Grand Cherokee

X3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.5”/71”

37”/68”

Max Width

47”

48”

Min Width

41”

43”

Height

33.5”

31”

The Grand Cherokee’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The X3’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The X3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Grand Cherokee’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The X3 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Grand Cherokee has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Grand Cherokee’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the X3’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Grand Cherokee has standard extendable sun visors. The X3 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The X3 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) offers an optional Adaptive Speed Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X3 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Grand Cherokee offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The X3 doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

The Grand Cherokee offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The X3 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Grand Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the X3 because typical repairs cost much less on the Grand Cherokee than the X3, including $420 less for a water pump, $477 less for an alternator, $13 less for front brake pads, $121 less for a starter, $100 less for fuel injection, $30 less for a fuel pump, $477 less for front struts and $379 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be $1689 to $4189 less than for the BMW X3.

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