There are many good reasons to make your next new SUV a Jeep. Expect more spirited adventures from a master of the trails like the 2020 Jeep Cherokee or 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. From rugged terrain to the smoothest pavement, these sport utility vehicles know how to perform.

Which will serve you best on your New City, Nanuet, or Pearl River, NY, adventure? At Rockland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR), we want to help you answer that for yourself with this car comparison!

Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee: Interior Dimensions


Do you want a ride crafted for urban adventure or one that seats the whole family in splendor? Though the 2020 Cherokee and Grand Cherokee make room for five people, the two occupy different segments.

The Cherokee is a compact SUV, while the Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV. As a result, you see some differences when it comes to interior dimensions. Let's examine the specs in detail:

Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Headroom (First/Second Row)

39.4 inches / 38.5 inches

39.9 inches / 39.2 inches

Legroom (First/Second Row)

41.1 inches / 40.3 inches

40.3 inches / 38.6 inches

Cargo Space (Behind First/Second Row)

54.7 cu. ft. / 25.8 cu. ft.

68.3 cu. ft. / 36.3 cu. ft.

When you need more room for adventure gear-be it camping supplies or bikes-the extra cargo space in the Grand Cherokee will certainly be appealing. With the rear seats folded or upright, it has far more storage space available than the Cherokee does.

However, the Cherokee stands out in terms of legroom. It outdoes the Grand Cherokee for the first- and second-row seats, so tall passengers can enjoy the journey that much more.

All-Star Engines for a Powerful Performance  

You may find the most significant differences between the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee as you peek under the hood. The engine lineups are quite divergent between these two SUVs.

The Grand Cherokee is made for performance. Its base Pentastar® V6 (295 horsepower) might feel a bit pedestrian compared to the SRT V8 (475 horsepower) and supercharged V8 (707 horsepower) available. The latter V8 can be found under the hood of the race-ready Trackhawk trim level.

Three engines are available on the Cherokee, though none reach the output of the Grand Cherokee. The Cherokee's turbocharged 4-cylinder is the most efficient engine available on either SUV, however. It can earn an EPA-estimated 23 city / 31 highway MPG.

Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Off-Road

The 2020 Cherokee and Grand Cherokee share a commitment to off-road excellence. After all, what else would you expect from two Jeep Brand SUVs? Both offer Trailhawk trim levels, Trail Rated® to tackle the toughest terrain. Their capabilities include:

  • Traction with Jeep Brand 4x4 capabilities
  • Water Fording with high air intakes and special water sealing
  • Ground Clearance with skid plates to protect your vehicle

The Cherokee Trailhawk and Grand Cherokee Trailhawk also come standard with Selec-Terrain® Traction Management Systems, so you can adapt to any landscape beneath your wheels!

Should I Buy the Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Grand Cherokee?

We hope you enjoyed our comparison of the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. These two SUVs will make a mark on and off the road. We know New City, Nanuet, and Pearl River, NY, drivers want a closer look.

Do you prefer the performance and cargo space of the Grand Cherokee or the efficiency and legroom of the Cherokee? Book your test drive at Rockland CDJR and decide for yourself which ride meets your needs!  

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