How do the Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee compare?
Cartelligent clients love Jeeps for their rugged good looks, cargo capacity, and off-road capability. We've compiled the details for three of our most popular models the Wrangler and Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee SUVs.
Wrangler vs. Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee?
In this article, we've configured a sample vehicle for each car and then examined some of the key differentiating factors. We've based our sample models on popular choices among Cartelligent clients.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4x4: Our sample Wrangler is an Unlimited Sport 4x4 with touchscreen display and a three-piece hard top. MSRP as configured is $33,465.
2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4: We've chosen a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Limited. Features include all-wheel drive, navigation, full sunroof, and leather-trimmed bucket seats. MSRP as configured is $37,185.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4: We've equipped a sample 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee with all-wheel drive, panoramic sunroof, navigation, blind-spot monitoring, and leather seats. MSRP as configured is $45,885.
We'll look at the features of each vehicle side-by-side.
|Model Type||2016 Wrangler Unlimited||2016 Cherokee Limited||2017 Grand Cherokee Limited|
Engine and Fuel Economy
|Engine||3.6L V6||2.4L I4||3.6L V6|
The Wrangler and Grand Cherokee both offer a more powerful engine, while the Cherokee has the highest fuel economy.
|Cargo volume (behind seats)||31.5 ft3||24.6 ft3||36.3 ft3|
|Cargo volume (rear seats folded)||70.6 ft3||58.9 ft3||68.35 ft3|
The Wrangler offers the most cargo volume when all rows of seats are folded down while the Grand Cherokee offers the most cargo capacity when the seats are upright.
|Rearview camera||Not available||Available||Available|
|Crash prevention||Not available||Available||Available|
The Wrangler is designed more as an off-road vehicle than for city driving; both the Chrokee and Grand Cherokee offer a number of safety and convenience features.
Cost to purchase: Wrangler vs. Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee
First, we'll examine the cost of each when purchased. All payments represent pricing based on market conditions at the time of writing.
|Monthly payment (inc. tax)||$605||$660||$850|
|Total of payments over five years||$38,195||$41,440||$52,650|
The Wrangler is around $50/month less than the Cherokee and saves about $3,200 in payments over the course of five years. The Grand Cherokee is about $190 more per month than the Cherokee and costs about $11,200 more over the course of the loan.
Cost to lease: Wrangler vs. Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee
Next, we'll compare the three vehicles on a three-year, 12,000 mile/year lease.
|Monthly payment (inc. tax)||$325||$360||$495|
|Lease disposition fee||$350||$350||$350|
|Total of payments over three years||$14,225||$15,450||$20,175|
The Wrangler is again the lowest cost option, saving about $35/month and $1,200 over the course of the lease. The Grand Cherokee is about $4,700 higher than the Cherokee and leases for $135 more per month.
Which to buy: Wrangler, Cherokee or Grand Cherokee?
All three vehicles can be fantastic options depending on your personal circumstances. Your Cartelligent agent can talk you through the pros and cons of each vehicle (as well as any other brands) to help you make an educated decision.