Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Toyota 4Runner VS 2016 Jeep Grand Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Toyota 4Runner

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2016 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

Both the 4Runner and the Grand Cherokee 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

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, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:


Grand Cherokee

Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

1.1 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

179 G’s

182 G’s

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

381 lbs.

612 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Grand Cherokee.

Reliability Comparison

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

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 4Runner’s reliability will be 133% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and 199% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 86 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

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


Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.2 MPH

88.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota 4Runner uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Grand Cherokee with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Grand Cherokee

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 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 standard on the Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.

The 4Runner stops shorter than the Grand Cherokee:


Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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.

The 4Runner has a standard full size spare so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare costs extra on the Grand Cherokee Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 4Runner Trail offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 4Runner Trail 4x4 handles at .73 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 4Runner Trail 4x4 performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 1.1 MPH faster than the Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 (54.8 vs. 53.7 MPH).

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Grand Cherokee (9.6 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Toyota 4Runner amounts to more than styling. The 4Runner has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd. That is lower than the Grand Cherokee (.371). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 4Runner get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the 4Runner Trail 4x4 is quieter than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (42 vs. 45 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The 4Runner has 22.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (128 vs. 105.4).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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


Grand Cherokee

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

36.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

68.3 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 30.7 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

The 4Runner’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s cargo area is larger than the Grand Cherokee’s in almost every dimension:


Grand Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Ergonomics Comparison

The 4Runner’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the 4Runner Limited the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Grand Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Standard Entune App Suite for the 4Runner allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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 three and five years than the Grand Cherokee.


Grand Cherokee

Five Year

51% to 56%

31% to 34%

Three Year

59% to 65%

47% to 53%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because it costs $432 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the Grand Cherokee, including $335 less for an alternator, $74 less for front brake pads and $94 less for a fuel pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 4Runner will be $2379 to $7434 less than for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Recommendations Comparison

The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Grand Cherokee has never been chosen.

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