The Toyota 4Runner is one of the most capable contenders in the mid-size SUV segment and has been so for the last four decades. A market that is generally tough to crack into, the 4Runner is one of the few Japanese SUVs to make a significant impact in the American market taking into consideration a fitting number of American-made counterparts. One such American SUV that goes against the 4Runner in this segment is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Let’s have a look at what intrinsic qualities for the Toyota 4Runner make it a better option than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner is available in nine trims - SR5, Trail Special Edition, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Venture Special Edition, Limited, Nightshade Special Edition, and TRD Pro. The 2021 model year of the 4Runner receives some interesting nugget of updates that includes the addition of a new limited-production Trail Edition, new standard LED headlights, and upgrades for the TRD Pro trim (new Lunar Rock exterior color, newly designed black TRD Wheels, and retuned dampers).
2021 Toyota 4Runner
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
|4.0-liter V-6 Engine
|270 hp / 278 ft-lbs.
||Horsepower / Torque
||293 hp / 260 ft-lbs.|
|Five-speed Automatic Transmission
||Eight-speed Automatic Transmission|
|47.2 cu. ft.||Cargo Capacity (Cubic Feet)||36.3 cu. ft.|
||Ground Clearance (inches)
The Jeep Grand Cherokee dominates in the performance aspect. Both its standard V-6 engine and the alternative V-8 engine that produces 357 horsepower prove its inclination towards brute power. That said, the 4Runner, which is designed in a more user-friendly point-of-view, has enough power to get your blood pumping when you push the pedal to the metal. Let’s not forget about the 4Runner’s power-to-weight ratio advantage over the Grand Cherokee. Also, the 4Runner’s 9.0-inch ground clearance gives it a generous push over the Grand Cherokee.
The 4Runner stands tall in the feature-offering aspect with a wide range of features offered as standard that includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth connectivity, and Wi-Fi connectivity, to name some of them. While the Grand Cherokee has a lot of these features on offer, most of them are available only on the higher trims. One point to note is the Grand Cherokee’s luxurious upholstery compared to the 4Runner. That said, the 4Runner’s cabin is a lot more practical and easier to maintain.
The Toyota 4Runner comes filled with a variety of useful and intuitive active safety features. And it gets better, as most of the safety features are offered as standard across all trims. These features include Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), Star Safety System™, Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS), Rear Occupancy Alert, and Side-impact door beams. The Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer the same amount of safety features on all the trims.