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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Blazer are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Blazer LT/RS/Premier offers an optional 360 degree parking monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Blazer and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Blazer’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Grand Cherokee’s (6 vs. 5 years).
Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Blazer. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Grand Cherokee.
There are over 25 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Blazer have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.
The Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (305 vs. 295) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Blazer FWD V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee RWD V6 (20 city/26 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).
Regardless of its engine, the Blazer’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Jeep only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Grand Cherokee V6.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Blazer uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Grand Cherokee with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Blazer, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Grand Cherokee.
The Blazer’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo. The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Grand Cherokee.
The Chevrolet Blazer’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Jeep Grand Cherokee only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Blazer has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Grand Cherokee.
The Chevrolet Blazer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1150 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The front grille of the Blazer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Blazer has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (107.8 vs. 105.4).
The Blazer has .7 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.
The front step up height for the Blazer is 2 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee (18.5” vs. 20.5”). The Blazer’s rear step up height is 1.4 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee’s (19.4” vs. 20.8”).
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Blazer easier. The Blazer’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.4 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Blazer’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Blazer RS/Premier’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Blazer’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.
On a hot day the Blazer’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Grand Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
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