A Comparison: Dodge Durango vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee
When it comes to competition within an auto group like the FCA, two brands stand out – Dodge and Jeep®. No other two brands duke it out more, although the two are designed for incredibly different reasons. Dodge makes fast cars, Jeep makes off-road vehicles. Where do they meet? It comes down to power, and if the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT wasn’t a jab at Dodge, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk certainly is. If comparing these two vehicles, how well do the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee match up?
The Dodge Durango is a versatile and friendly SUV. Consumers in need of room for cargo may want to opt for the five passenger Durango configuration, and consumers that have a large family may want to opt for the seven passenger configuration. With plenty of entertainment options and upgraded Uconnect services, everyone can enjoy a long ride in a Dodge Durango without getting cramped or bored on the road.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee seats up to five passengers comfortably. There are many popular features on Jeep vehicles, and when it comes to the Grand Cherokee, many consumers can find some of the more luxurious options on high-end trims. Some trims are also known as “Trail Rated tough”, giving these Grand Cherokee trims the best features for going off-road. These trims are able to handle the nitty-gritty, attesting to the ability of the Grand Cherokee to survive harsh terrain.
The Dodge Durango for 2018 has three engine options. To start, the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar engine with variable valve timing and engine start-stop technology, able to generate 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission standard, Durangos outfitted with this engine get about 26 mpg on the highway. Optional on the Citadel (Anodized Platinum) and standard on the R/T is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with VVT and a multi-displacement system (MDS). The purpose behind the MDS is for improving fuel efficiency. This engine is able to generate 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Paired to the HEMI engine, the Durango has a highway fuel economy of 22 mpg and a towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. Recently, an SRT trim for the Durango was added to the 2018 lineup, powered by a 392 HEMI V8 that generates 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. All-wheel drive is also available for the Dodge Durango, but the number of trims stays the same.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee for 2018 has four engine options, beginning with the same Pentastar engine standard of the Durango across the entire Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup (six trims) when driving on a 4×2 drivetrain. Knock it up to 4×4, and two more models enter the fray – the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and SRT. Now optional for several trims is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 found on the Durango, but without VVT and MDS, able to tow up to 6,200 pounds and with a fuel economy of 14/22 mpg city/highway. Not shown on the specs is a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine capable of generating 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Originally the most powerful of the four is the SRT 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine only available on the Grand Cherokee SRT, able to also accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Then came the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT V8 engine found in the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Capable of generating up to 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. In terms of drivetrain, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has six trims available with a 4×2 drivetrain and nine trims including the Trackhawk available with a 4×4 drivetrain.
As usual with comparisons, the easiest way to compare style inside and out is with a side-by-side table.
|Roof Storage||Roof Rails and Crossbar options||Roof rails standard on select trims|
|Automatic Headlamps||Lineup standard||Lineup standard|
|Acoustic Windshield||Lineup standard||Lineup standard|
|Heated Exterior Mirrors||Lineup standard||Lineup standard|
|Power Liftgate||Found on select trims||Found on select trims|
|Tinted Glass||X||Front Door and Windshield|
|Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass or Solar Control||X||Lineup standard|
|Wheels||18 and 20 inches with various designs||17, 18, and 20 inches with various designs|
|Seating Capacity||5 or 7||5|
|Heated Seating||Available for 1st and 2nd row||Available for 1st and 2nd row|
|Upholstery||Cloth and Leather available||Cloth, Leather, and Suede available|
|Second Row 60/40 Fold||On Select Trims||Lineup Standard|
|Ventilated Seats||On Select Trims||On Select Trims|
|Auto-Dimming Rearview||Lineup Standard||On Select Trims|
|Cargo Net and Storage||Lineup Standard||Lineup Standard|
|Heated Steering Wheel||On Select Trims||On Select Trims|
|Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel||On Select Trims||On Select Trims|
|Automatic A/C||Lineup Standard, 3-zones||Lineup Standard, 2-zones|
|Steering Wheel Audio Controls||Lineup Standard||Lineup Standard|
Like style, comparing the two side-by-side will show the differences.
|Touchscreen||5.0 and 8.4-inches||5.0 and 8.4-inches|
|Uconnect||5.0, 8.4 (Nav), and Access Available||5.0, 8.4 (Nav), and Access Available|
|Sound System||6-speaker standard, 9 amplified available, Beats premium available||6-speaker standard, 9 amplified available, 19 Harman kardon with subwoofer available|
|Bluetooth Streaming||On Select Trims||X|
|Bluetooth Voice Command||Lineup Standard||Lineup Standard|
|Rear Entertainment||Blu-Ray Dual Screen, Rear DVD, and Rear Seat Video Available||Blu-Ray/DVD Dual Screen and Rear Seat Video Available|
|SiriusXM||Radio, Traffic, and Travel Link Available||Radio, Traffic, and Travel Link Available|
Safety and Warranty
Both vehicles come with the same standard safety features: advanced multistage airbags, front mounted side and side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, stability and traction control systems, (remote) keyless enter ‘n go, LATCH child seat anchor systems, an enhanced accident response system, and a SentryKey theft deterrent system.
The 2017 Dodge Durango has several advanced safety features, such as Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection, Full Speed Collision Warning Plus, Lane Departure Warning Plus, ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop, and a ParkView rear back-up camera.
Dodge vehicles are covered by a basic 3-year or 36,000-mile warranty, powertrain 5-year or 60,000-mile warranty, rust-through Coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee has its own advanced safety features available, including: Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection, Full Speed Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, ParkSense Rear Park Assist, and a ParkView rear back-up camera.
Jeep vehicles come with a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.
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