2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Safety

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The 4Runner’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 4Runner 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, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

41

59

Chest Movement

1.1 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

179 G’s

182 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

89

121

Hip Force

381 lbs.

612 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Grand Cherokee.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the 4Runner has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 4Runner’s reliability 48 points higher than the Grand Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Jeep is ranked 22nd.

Engine

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The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota 4Runner is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6:

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.2 MPH

88.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota 4Runner 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 4Runner’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Grand Cherokee:

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

The 4Runner’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.

The 4Runner stops shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Toyota 4Runner’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 4Runner has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Grand Cherokee Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The 4Runner TRD Off-Road/Venture offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road handles at .73 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 1.1 MPH faster than the Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 (54.8 vs. 53.7 MPH).

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Grand Cherokee (9.6 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The design of the Toyota 4Runner amounts to more than styling. The 4Runner has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd. That is lower than the Grand Cherokee (.371). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 4Runner get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The 4Runner offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Grand Cherokee can only carry 5.

The 4Runner has 22.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (128 vs. 105.4).

Cargo Capacity

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Grand Cherokee.

4Runner

Grand Cherokee

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

36.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

68.3 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the 4Runner easier. The 4Runner’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.7 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

The 4Runner 5-Passenger’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Grand Cherokee’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Payload

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The 4Runner has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Grand Cherokee (1625 vs. 1180 lbs.).

The 4Runner has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Grand Cherokee (1700 vs. 1410 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The 4Runner’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the 4Runner the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Grand Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Economic Advantages

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The 4Runner will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 4Runner will retain 61.48% to 71.13% of its original price after five years, while the Grand Cherokee only retains 44.64% to 53.53%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because it costs $72 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the Grand Cherokee, including $295 less for a muffler, $76 less for front brake pads, $112 less for front struts and $112 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 4Runner will be $3393 to $38900 less than for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Recommendations

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The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Grand Cherokee has never been chosen.

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