Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner


At Wilsonville CDJR, we know that adventurous drivers like you want an SUV that’s ready to venture off the beaten path. That’s why drivers around Wilsonville, Woodburn, and Portland, OR love models like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner.

Our team wanted to help you decide which one was going to be the best fit for your active lifestyle, so we compared the two SUVs based on their powertrain and technology. Give it a read, and let us know which one is your favorite!

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance
Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Specs

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner: Capability

You can tell just from looking at these SUVs—with their confident stance and rugged exterior—that they’re highly capable vehicles. They’re both specifically designed to be champions in the off-road arena.

Both SUVs have an available 4-wheel drive system that keeps them moving forward, even under some tough conditions. Additionally, they both have a unique terrain selection system that lets you customize your handling capability for the specific terrain you face. Quadra-Drive® II, found standard on the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk® trim, can distribute up to 100 percent of engine torque to the rear wheel(s), giving it even more traction than ever before.

When you’re ready to take on that challenge, however, you may feel a bit more energy from the Grand Cherokee. We see that just from looking at their standard powertrains:


Jeep Grand Cherokee

Toyota 4Runner

Standard engine

3.6L Pentastar® V6

4.0L V6

Standard horsepower

295 horsepower

270 horsepower


8-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

Maximum horsepower

707 horsepower

270 horsepower

Maximum towing capacity

7,200 pounds

5,000 pounds


While the 4Runner only offers one engine with a maximum output of 270 horsepower, the Grand Cherokee has four engine options. The standard V6 engine produces 295 horsepower, and the available V8 engines deliver anywhere from 360 horsepower to 707 horsepower and a maximum, best-in-class towing capacity of 7,200 pounds when properly equipped.

This disparity in capability means that drivers in the Toyota 4Runner may find their performance lacking compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This is backed by the Trail Rated® badge that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has earned, which recognizes its durability after undergoing a series of grueling off- and on-road tests.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner: Trim Levels

You’re a driver who likes options, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner most certainly don’t skimp out on those. With either vehicle, you’ll be treated to a multitude of trim levels that are all unique, so you won’t have an issue finding everything you desire in one SUV. However, where they differ is the number of trims each vehicle features.

The Toyota 4Runner only offers nine trims (SR5, SR5 Premium, Trail Special Edition, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Venture Special Edition, Limited, Nightshade Special Edition, and TRD Pro), whereas the Grand Cherokee offers a whopping 12 trims (Laredo E, Laredo X, Freedom, Limited, 80th Anniversary, Limited X, Trailhawk®, High Altitude, Overland, Summit, SRT®, Summit, and Trackhawk®).

So, if you want the most options, the Grand Cherokee outclasses the Toyota 4Runner.

Jeep Grand Cherokee for Sale


2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

High-Tech Driver-Assist Features

If you’re driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner, it’s clear that you don’t back down from a challenge. However, it’s nice to have a little help now and then to bring even more confidence and convenience to your drive.

That’s why we love that both SUVs come with standard and available driver-assistance features, including:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Auto High-beam Headlamps

They also both have a smart cruise control system that adds an extra sense of ease to highway drives. It works by automatically adjusting your cruise control speed to go with the flow when you approach slower-moving or stopped traffic.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee adds an extra feature that can be helpful when traveling in inclement weather. The available Rain-Sensitive Windshield Wipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on the rate of precipitation on the windshield.

When you reach your destination, the available Parallel and Perpendicular Park-Assist with Stop system can help you identify an available parking space. It’ll then provide prompts and automatic steering assists to easily maneuver you into the spot. Once again, this system is not found on the Toyota 4Runner.

Unfortunately, the Toyota 4Runner doesn’t offer rain-sensing windshield wipers or a comparable parking assist system.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner: MPG

If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient SUV, there’s only one true answer: the Jeep Grand Cherokee. True to form, the Grand Cherokee gets an EPA-estimated 19 city/26 highway/22 combined MPG, which far out-paces the 4Runner. The Toyota gets 16 city/19 highway/17 combined MPG. And with a 24.6-gallon gas tank, the Grand Cherokee ensures you can drive longer distances for longer periods.

Your mileage will depend largely on your driving habits and how much extra weight you’re attaching to your vehicle.

Jeep vs Toyota: Infotainment

You don’t want to miss anything going on in your life, whether it’s an important piece of news or a text or call you’ve been waiting for. In both the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2021 Toyota 4Runner, you’ll be given tons of ways to stay connected without missing a beat.

Both vehicles come with Bluetooth® connectivity, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™ integration, which will allow you to access the most important parts of your smartphone quickly, and in many cases, with your voice! The LCD touchscreen found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee is bigger than the one in the Toyota 4Runner. The Grand Cherokee offers an 8.4-inch touchscreen display. Compare that to the 8-inch touchscreen in the 4Runner.

For iPhone users, you can take your infotainment and driving experience up a notch thanks to the available hands-free Siri® voice control.

Should You Drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner?

Only you can know if you should drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner around Wilsonville, Woodburn, and Portland, OR. When the team at our Jeep dealership compared the two, we found a lot to like about what the Grand Cherokee offers.

If you want to try it out for yourself, let us know, and we’ll set you up with a test drive. Contact Wilsonville CDJR to test drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee today!




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