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The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. The 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Which One is Superior?

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner hold a reputation for handling life's everyday driving needs and for having serious off-road capability. While they both share this reputation, these two models are far from identical.

They possess key differences that set them apart from one another, and these differences are essential to recognize when selecting the right mid-size SUV for your needs around Gastonia. Let's take a look at these two vehicles and discuss how their features stack up against each other.


Exterior Design & Construction

The outward appearance of both vehicles demonstrates their purpose for off-road experiences. They both bolster high ground clearance and a sturdy design that lets you know that these vehicles mean business.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a lot of variety in its selection of trim levels, giving you a significant degree of choices with the style of aesthetics of your SUV. While the Grand Cherokee is a rugged and sturdy vehicle, it has style variations that can also fit a more luxurious looking vehicle.

On the other hand, the 4Runner is a lot simpler and sticks to fitting an off-road style. Its commitment to off-road style extends into the body-on-frame design of the 4Runner. This truck-like structure gives the 4Runner to handle the rugged nature of off-road work.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee manages to look sleek and stylish when going on off-road adventures, which the 4Runner just can't compete with.

Interior Design

The 4Runner and Jeep Grand Cherokee differ drastically in their interior design. To start, the larger, box-like design of the 4Runner gives it an advantage when it comes to cargo space. The 4Runner even possesses an optional third row of seating, albeit a rather narrow row of seats.

However, the 4Runner's simplistic limits its appeal to off-road work exclusively. This simplicity can be appealing to drivers in the Charlotte area, but when compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee's style, it pales in comparison.

Many people need an SUV that caters to everyday on-road needs on top of their off-road adventures. This is where the Grand Cherokee stands apart from the Toyota 4Runner, bringing a much more updated aesthetic, feeling, and utility to its interior design than the 4Runner does. The degree of modern features that the Cherokee holds can vary greatly depending on the trim you select. The Cherokee looks to provide an off-road vehicle that can also provide a high-level of elegance.

All trim selections use superior interior materials, and the trim varieties can extend to include features such as a panoramic moonroof, Natura Plus leather seats, and a broad range of technological amenities that we will discuss in the next section. In any case, the Cherokee possesses a lot more for those who want an all-around SUV.

Technology & Mechanical Qualities

Standard models of both vehicles possess rear-wheel-drive and come with the option to upgrade to four-wheel drive. Due to The Cherokee's large variety of models, higher-end selections include a Quad-Trac 4x4 system that gives it the ability to perform optimally in both smooth and rough terrain. This quality is one reason why the Cherokee can handle the harsh nature of off-road work better than the Toyota 4Runner.

These two vehicles have considerable differences in their mechanical makeup. We already mentioned the differences in framework construction, and the variety of engine options also differ between the two. While the 4Runner only has one V6 engine option, the Grand Cherokee has three V8 engine options to accompany its V6 choice. The Cherokee's V6 engine has more horsepower and a superior fuel economy output, giving it a clear advantage over the 4Runner around Lincolnton.

The 4Runner has a reputation for being outdated, but the 2020 models have received a few technology upgrades. This model comes standard with Toyota's Safety Sense-P driver assistance package.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn't come standard with as much driver assistance technology as the 4Runner does. However, you can choose to add even more features that are better than the 4Runner's assistance features. These include automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and active perpendicular and parallel parking.

The Grand Cherokee also has two different infotainment systems to choose from, both of which come standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The standard version comes with a seven-inch screen with two USB ports, while the upgrade bolsters an 8.4-inch display that adds two USB ports and includes navigation.

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Choosing the right vehicle comes down to your personal needs. From the onset, many people would consider the Jeep Grand Cherokee an obvious favorite over the 4Runner. It is a much more well-rounded vehicle, and it doesn't sacrifice its off-road capacity for elegance and comfort.

Despite a few recent upgrades, the 4Runner is still a heavily dated vehicle. The 4Runner does focus on the off-road experience, but we can't honestly claim that it is a superior off-road vehicle. However, the Grand Cherokee is a far better on-road vehicle that can serve as your everyday vehicle. The Grand Cherokee blends the best of both worlds in a way that makes it a clear favorite over the 4Runner.

If you'd like to learn more and take the Jeep Grand Cherokee for a test drive, we encourage you to visit our dealership in nearby Gastonia near Charlotte today. We look forward to working with you soon!