2016 Jeep Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee

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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Jeep Cherokee

The comparison is tough when it comes to the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2016 Jeep Cherokee, both vehicles are equally as luxurious looking and both have off road capabilities. The Jeep Grand Cherokee can take you on your wildest adventures from off-roading in Colorado to driving on Iowa gravel roads, but also being versatile enough to commute to the city. The Cherokee is smaller in size and more aerodynamic for a smoother ride from point A to B. Choosing between the two vehicles won't be easy! Below we take a closer look at these two incredible vehicles and compare their differences. Keep reading to find out which vehicle is right for you!

In this demonstration we show you how the air suspension works in the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Air suspension is used when going up or over rugged terrain. When the air supension lifts the Jeep up, the Jeep is able to smoothly ride over objects without damaging the under-body.


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The exterior of the Grand Cherokee and the Cherokee are different by design and size. The design of the Grand Cherokee is elegant, yet bold and offers 4 trim levels. The Cherokee is more aerodynamic looking while still maintaining the rugged look and feel. The Grand Cherokee is larger sitting at 189.8" wide and the Cherokee at 182" wide with a 3" difference in height.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Ground Clearance

Ground Clearance

The Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are both excellent vehicles for driving off the beaten path. Ground clearance can help take you almost anywhere. The ground clearance is between the lowest point of the vehicle and ground level. With high ground clearance you're able to ride over large rocks and uneven terrain with ease. To learn more check out our inventory!

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Interior Features

Black 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee interior

Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee is bigger in size giving you more cabin and cargo space. More room allows you to carry more passengers and sit comfortably on your adventures. The Cherokee is just as comfortable, but a more compact SUV for buyers who don't need the extra space. Both vehicles have 64/40 rear folding seats, available heated front seats, heated steering wheel, locking glove box, and auto dimming rear-view mirror.

Audio System 19-speaker
Harman Kardon
Touchscreen 8.4-Inch
Auto Seats
Seats Heated
Safety Rearview
Black 2016 Grand cherokee Steering wheel and dashboardBlack leather Cherokee Rear Seating


The Cherokee features a 5-inch standard screen in the base model and 8.4 inch screen in other trim levels. For the tech side of you the Grand Cherokee has WiFi hotspot capabilities, smartphone app integration, and a navigation system. The vehicle also features a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Other optional tech features include a Blue-ray-capable rear entertainment system with an HDMI input and Rear park assist.

Touchscreen 5-Inch Display Screen
Connect Bluetooth Connectivity
Safety Rearview
Speaker 9 Speaker Alpine Audio


2016 Jeep Cherokee Standard Engine

2016 Jeep Cherokee

The 2.4L MultiAir engine is standard in the Jeep Cherokee and gets up to 23 MPG, with a horsepower of 184, and the towing capacity up to 2,000 Ibs. The other available engine option for the Jeep Cherokee is the 3.2L V6 24-Valve Engine with Electric Start with 271 of horsepower, getting up to 27 MPG, and towing up to 4,500 lbs.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Stnadard Engine

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The standard engine for a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the 3.6L V6 24-Valve VVT Engine. The engine gets up to 26 MPG, with strong engine with 295-horsepower, and towing capacity up to 6,200 Ibs. Other available engine options consist of the 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel, 5.7L V8, and the SRT 6.4L HEMI V8 Engine.

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Jeep driveline gears

Jeep Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee both rank high in performance. The drive systems adjust to the type of road conditions you'll be driving on. With multiple drive system options, you will be able to get through any terrain. Take a look at the different drive lines for each vehicle below:


  • Jeep Active Drive I 4x4 System is standard, It's easy to use with its all-weather capability and engages when necessary for improved efficiency.
  • Jeep Active Drive II 4x4 System is great for rock crawling with its low range and has a neutral mode for flat towing behind an RV.
  • Slec-Terrain Traction Control comes with five customization settings: Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud and Rock. Auto, is a 4x4 performance mode that is great for any road and weather condition.

Grand Cherokee

  • Quadra-Trac I 4x4 System is the standard drive line. Delivering a continual balance of torque to help prevent slippage.
  • Quadra-Trac 4x4 System offers all-speed traction and provides great rock-crawling capability.
  • Quadra-Drive delivers the Best-in-Class 4x4 capability with its Electronic Limited-Slip Differential, which transfers up to 100% of the torque for great traction.
  • Selec-Terrain is available.

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