In the mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) arena, there are more than a few impressive options for drivers to peruse. However, making that ultimate choice can be tough. Picking the best vehicle all boils down to what you’re looking for: Do you want comfort and convenience or rugged durability and some serious off-road capabilities? If you’re interested in a vehicle that has all of that and more, you’ll be happy to know that there are two SUVs in particular that meet that criteria: the 2019 Toyota 4Runner and the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Narrowing down which of the two would best suit your lifestyle is a matter of comparison and to that end, we here at Westbury Toyota have put together a quick list showcasing the pros and cons of each.
Both these SUVs have a considerable amount of space for both passengers and cargo, making them a great vehicle for those who consistently have a lot of others riding along or frequently carry a lot of cargo. In terms of passenger room, the Toyota 4Runner has something the Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn’t: An available third row of seating. With this third row, the 4Runner’s maximum passenger capacity is boosted to seven as opposed to the Grand Cherokee’s five.
The 4Runner narrowly edges out the Grand Cherokee in terms of cargo room, too, explains the experts over at the Car Connection. In the Grand Cherokee, storage area dimensions with all seats up totals 36.3 cubic feet and with the second seat down it totals 68.3 cubic feet. The 4Runner has 46.3 cubic feet with all seats up (optional third row included), 47.2 cubic feet with third seat removed, and a whopping 89.7 cubic feet with the second seat folded.
As you can see, if you’re in need of an SUV with a lot of room to carry either people or cargo, the 4Runner has what you need!
You’re never going to find two other mid-size SUVs better suited to off-roading than the 4Runner and the Grand Cherokee. However, as with all things, there can be only one and in this case that would be the 4Runner. It has a sturdier body on frame construction than the Grand Cherokee, explains the writers of Autotrader, and what’s more, it has part-time four-wheel drive (4WD) with active traction control. Opting to go with the Limited 4WD model gets you full-time 4WD and a limited slip differential complete with a locking feature.
Those that are looking to check out the off-road performance of these two SUVs will be interested to know that the 4Runner TRD Off-Road has better minimum ground clearance (9.6 inches) than the Grand Cherokee (8.6 inches), meaning it can traverse rough terrain far easier. What’s more, it has active sway bars that allow for better control when cornering and then disconnect when driving at slower speeds in order to give a smoother ride. The Grand Cherokee has no active sway bar system.
The base engine comparisons between these two SUVs are pretty close. The Grand Cherokee has a 3.6-liter (L) V6 that puts out 295 horsepower (hp) and 265 pound-feet (lb-ft.) of torque. The 4Runner has a 4.0- L V6 with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft. of torque. While the Jeep tops in terms of horsepower, the Toyota definitely reigns in torque.
After reading over our comparison list, it’s pretty easy to see that these two 2019 midsize SUVs rule supreme in turns of utility and ruggedness. We’re not ashamed to say that it’s obvious to see that the SUV that pulls ahead is the 2019 Toyota 4Runner. While the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is impressive in its own right, it simply lacks the things that most people are looking for in this class: Passenger and cargo room, sturdy exterior, and the ability to switch from off-road to regular driving with ease.
If you find yourself eager to learn more about the newest 4Runner after reading this, please don’t hesitate to pay us a visit at Westbury Toyota to learn more about our leasing options for this 2019 SUV!