Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2014 Toyota Highlander Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2014 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison

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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 Highlander doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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

Warranty Comparison

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Highlander. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Highlander ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee has more powerful engines than the Highlander:

Horsepower

Torque

Grand Cherokee 3.6 DOHC V6

290 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Grand Cherokee 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

Highlander LE 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Highlander 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

n/a

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 55 more horsepower (240 vs. 185) and 236 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 184) than the Highlander LE’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl. The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 172 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 248) than the Highlander’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

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 Highlander doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Grand Cherokee has 7.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Grand Cherokee has 5.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19.2 gallons).

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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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 on the Highlander are solid, not vented.

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 Highlander (265/50R20 vs. 245/60R18).

The Grand Cherokee’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Highlander Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Grand Cherokee offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Highlander’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 Highlander, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Highlander’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Highlander doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Grand Cherokee V6/Diesel has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Highlander (114.8 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Highlander’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Highlander (8.6 vs. 8 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 3.3 inches higher than on the Highlander (11.3 vs. 8 inches).

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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Highlander doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 Highlander does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Grand Cherokee’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Highlander’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Highlander 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 Highlander doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland/Overland Summit is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Highlander’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Grand Cherokee offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Highlander offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Highlander.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® chose the Jeep Grand Cherokee as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

 The Grand Cherokee is ranked first in its class and received the 2012 “Total Quality Award.” The Highlander is not ranked.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Toyota Highlander by 37% during 2013.

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