Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2014 Dodge Durango Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2014 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

The Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland/Summit has standard ParkSense to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Grand Cherokee Summit in front of the vehicle. The Durango doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is safer than the Dodge Durango:

Grand Cherokee

Durango

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

107

144

Neck Injury Risk

24%

34%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

251 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

321/349 lbs.

427/350 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

242

344

Neck Injury Risk

23%

24%

Neck Stress

84 lbs.

85 lbs.

Neck Compression

97 lbs.

123 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

340/145 lbs.

404/224 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is safer than the Dodge Durango:

Grand Cherokee

Durango

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

182 G’s

185 G’s

Hip Force

215 lbs.

220 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

35 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

28 G’s

39 G’s

Hip Force

609 lbs.

666 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Grand Cherokee is .5% to 6% less likely to roll over than the Durango.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 22nd in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 29th in reliability. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 160 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 160 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 260) than the Durango Rallye’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 390) than the Durango’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 is faster than the Dodge Durango V6:

Grand Cherokee

Durango

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

86.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Grand Cherokee Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Durango V6:

Grand Cherokee

Durango

RWD

Auto

22 city/30 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

AWD

Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

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 Durango doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

The Grand Cherokee stops much shorter than the Durango:

Grand Cherokee

Durango

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Durango Limited 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Durango Limited 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (8.6 vs. 8.1 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 3.2 inches higher than on the Durango (11.3 vs. 8.1 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Grand Cherokee is 11.4 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Grand Cherokee easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Grand Cherokee has .2 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Durango.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

Keyless Enter-N-Go standard on the Grand Cherokee allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Durango doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Grand Cherokee Summit has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Durango doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Grand Cherokee Summit has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Durango doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Grand Cherokee, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Durango.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Grand Cherokee owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Grand Cherokee will cost $40 to $1740 less than the Durango over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Grand Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Durango because it costs $42 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Grand Cherokee than the Durango, including $40 less for a water pump, $6 less for fuel injection and $28 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is ranked first in the Mid-Size Traditional Utility category. The Dodge Durango is ranked below average. The Grand Cherokee received the 2012 “Total Quality Award.”

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Dodge Durango by almost three to one during 2013.

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