Comparison: Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner

When there are big adventures ahead, nothing gets you to the fun faster and more in style than a full-size SUV. And two giants have been in the game for decades: the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner. In their own unique fashion, each has been paving the way for those seeking unmatched capability, versatility, and space.

With similar histories, advanced features, and performance, both the Grand Cherokee and 4Runner can tackle some of the toughest terrains and journeys, but how they approach this success varies a bit. So let's take a closer look at both of these popular SUVs to see which one's core philosophy of excitement and comfort best matches your lifestyle.

    Jeep Grand Cherokee in black    Toyota 4Runner in black

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2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Specifications

Models and Trims:
  • Laredo (L)
  • Altitude (L)
  • Limited (L)
  • Overland (L)
  • Summit (L)
  • Summit Reserve (L)
  • 4xe
  • 30th Anniversary 4xe
  • Trailhawk 4xe
  • Overland 4xe
  • Summit 4xe
  • Summit Reserve 4xe
  • 4x2 (rear-wheel drive)
  • Quadra-Trac I 4x4
  • Quadra-Trac II 4x4
  • Quadra-Drive II 4x4
  • 3.6-liter V6 engine; 293 hp
  • Plug-in hybrid system with 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • 8-speed Automatic Transmission
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety & Security
Max Towing:
  • Up to 6,200 pounds

2023 Toyota 4Runner Specifications

Models and Trims:
  • SR5
  • TRD Sport
  • SR5 Premium
  • TRD Off-Road
  • TRD Off-Road Premium
  • 40th Anniversary Special Edition
  • TRD Pro
  • 4x2 (rear-wheel drive)
  • Part-time 4WD
  • Full-time 4WD
  • 4.0-liter V6 engine; 270 hp
  • 5-speed Automatic Transmission
  • Toyota Safety Sense P
Max Towing:
  • Up to 5,000 pounds

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Comparison Highlights

Not far behind the 4Runner, Jeep's Grand Cherokee premium SUV has 30 years under its belt, and continues to set new benchmarks through sophisticated design and unmatched capabilities.

And for the 2023 model year, the Grand Cherokee is continuing its tradition of blazing its own trail with the introduction of a new three-row Grand Cherokee L, accompanying the core Grand Cherokee and its electrified variant the Grand Cherokee 4xe.

There are six unique trims to choose from for the 2023 Grand Cherokee, with each one offering additional upgrades through a 4x4 drivetrain and the extended wheelbase "L" version. This makes for over 20 possible combinations, and we're not even counting the five exclusive trims for the plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee 4xe, which includes the legendary Trailhawk model.

With a larger focus on luxury, the Grand Cherokee's all-new platform and body style are a result of Jeep's efforts to reduce vehicle weight, noise, and harshness while improving overall on- and off-road performance. As you're surrounded by premium materials and hand-crafted details, three available 4x4 systems including the Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II with a rear electronic limited-slip differential, deliver unbeatable off-road capabilities.

Each of these 4x4 systems is equipped with an active transfer case to dynamically enhance grip, and work in conjunction with the class-exclusive Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension that provides up to 10.9 inches of ground clearance and 24 inches of water fording. The suspension's electronic semi-active damping also means that it can optimize the ride for improved comfort and stability on the highway.

The Grand Cherokee also offers more detailed control over vehicle dynamics through its class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system, which automatically coordinates torque split, handling and suspension systems, throttle behavior, and more based on your active driving profile.

Propulsion for every gasoline-only 2023 Grand Cherokee is an all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that's rated at 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This translates to a towing capacity of up to 6,200 pounds, and an estimated driving range of over 500 miles. For the Grand Cherokee 4xe models, the plug-in hybrid system offers up to 25 miles of all-electric operation and an estimated fuel efficiency of 56 MPGe thanks to its two electric motors and 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

This advanced technology continues in the passenger area, with the 2023 Grand Cherokee offering the most digital features ever in its history. Highlights include the most advanced Uconnect system ever, a passenger display for co-pilot functions, a digital rearview mirror, enhanced Amazon Alexa integration, and Amazon Fire TV built-in. Using the vehicle's 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, you can watch streaming or downloaded content on dual rear displays, and take advantage of Alexa voice commands for additional dynamic interactions.

On the safety front, the 2023 Grand Cherokee is integrated with over 110 advanced safety and security features. Some key highlights include Full-Speed Collision Warning with Active Braking and Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Night Vision Camera with Pedestrian and Animal Detection, and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. Semi-autonomous driving is also available through Active Driving Assist, dramatically reducing the stresses of long commutes or heavy traffic conditions.

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