A rugged and durable set of wheels can help you tackle anything on the road. You could be looking for off-road adventure or just making your usual commute around town, but whatever your destination is, you need something you can rely on. If you are looking for that combination, you are probably trying to make a decision between the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Toyota Highlander.

Here at Glendale Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we are helping you to make that decision and find the right SUV for your needs. That's why we have prepared this comparison of the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Toyota Highlander, so you can see which vehicle can help you navigate the roads of St. Louis, Chesterfield, and Kirkwood.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota Highlander: Power and Capability

When you think of an SUV that has all sorts of capabilities, you probably picture a powerful engine. Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Highlander possess that with standard V6 engines.

Both of these vehicles come equipped with similar engines and capabilities to help you get the most out of your SUV. Take a look at some of the specs below:


Jeep Grand Cherokee

Toyota Highlander

Engine Type

3.6L Pentastar® V6

3.5L V6


295 hp

295 hp

Towing Capacity

6,200 pounds

5,000 pounds

The engine type of each vehicle is similar and produces similar horsepower, but the Jeep offers significantly more towing at 6,200 pounds maximum compared to 5,000 pounds maximum with the Toyota Highlander.

The Jeep also offers additional engine options, including three available V8 engines. Each of these engines offers a maximum of 7,200 pounds of towing capacity when the vehicle is properly equipped. The Highlander does not have these options.

If you are looking to do more extensive towing and have a large boat or trailer you are looking to move, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has the capabilities to get it done.

Off-Road Handling for a Smooth Ride

In addition, the engine and performance qualities, both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Highlander also offer available 4-wheel drive (4WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) systems that help you to tackle any terrain your cross.

Both SUVs provide more traction control and offer terrain selection features that can help you to customize your ride and control your vehicle to meet the conditions you face. This selection becomes possible with the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Multi-Terrain Select in the Toyota Highlander.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers unique features like the available Quadra-Drive® II 4WD system, available on the Trailhawk trim, and fording ability. The Jeep Grand Cherokee uses the Quadra-Drive® II 4WD system to transfer 100 percent of engine torque to a single rear wheel and can ford through up to 20 inches of water.

Neither of these features is available on the Toyota Highlander, and there is no comparable system, so you may be less equipped to handle off-road terrain and experiences in the Toyota than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota Highlander: Safety and Driver-Assist Technology

Whether you are traveling to your next destination or looking for adventure, you want to know that you are protected inside the vehicle. Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Highlander have safety systems in place to help protect you during your travels.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers ProTech I standard on all Grand Cherokee models, with ProTech II available on the Laredo and Laredo X and standard on all other trims. The Toyota offers Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+. The systems in both vehicles include features such as:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Smart Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning
  • Automatic High Beams

These features can give you peace of mind as you navigate more difficult roads and different terrain.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota Highlander: Making a Decision

Now that you know more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee and how it compares to the Toyota Highlander, it's time for you to make a decision on which vehicle is right for you. While both vehicles offer a lot to drivers, you may decide that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is right for you.

If you want to take a closer look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee or complete your purchase, head over to Glendale Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today and schedule a test drive to see this vehicle up close. Get the full experience of what this vehicle can do on the roads of St. Louis, Chesterfield, and Kirkwood, Missouri, and work with our team today to make it yours.


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