Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Chevrolet Tahoe
When it comes to buying anything, we always seem to say “bigger is better.” Depending on your lifestyle, bigger can sometimes be just plain cumbersome, not to mention inefficient.
When Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton drivers want an efficient SUV with the capabilities to handle all types of weather and roads, which should they turn to: the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Chevrolet Tahoe? Our team at Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 24 will show you.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep fans can rejoice that the heavy-duty off-roading powerhouse that is the Jeep Grand Cherokee is back for another round in 2017. As has been the case for decades, the new Grand Cherokee is unparalleled in its off-road performance, offering three powerful engines. One of these strong engines is a turbocharged three-liter diesel, which delivers exceptional fuel economy combined with impressive horsepower and torque.
In terms of features, technology, and amenities, the Grand Cherokee gives you riveting feature options and interior trim that offer nothing short of a pure luxury experience, even without a luxury price tag. The new Cherokee is just about everything all in one package.
New this year is a re-tuned Trailhawk off-road package, new standard safety features like a standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors, and new options like self-parking and lane departure systems.
The Chevy Tahoe is a full-sized SUV that seats up to nine and has superior towing capacity. However, it’s day to day driving experience seems to lag.
The Tahoe provides a standard V8 engine and has above-average capabilities off-road, but not quite to the level that the new Grand Cherokee has, even with its lower engine styles. Though it seats up to nine people, its cargo capacity doesn’t match other vehicles in its class, and it’s a bit sluggish to accelerate.
New this year for the Tahoe is a re-named top-level trim (Premier as opposed to LTZ). It has new options, including forward collision mitigation via automatic braking, driver geo-fencing settings, and an updated rear entertainment system.
New Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Chevy Tahoe: Fuel Efficiency
The Jeep Grand Cherokee aims to offer drivers more than just speed. Its V6 engine has been enhanced with start/stop technology. This feature will cut the engine whenever your vehicle is idling, to ensure you’re not using too much gas. Ultimately, it helps this new SUV to maintain 25 mpg highway and 18 mpg city.1
Unfortunately, the Chevrolet Tahoe lacks technology such as this. Its bigger V8 engine may be more powerful, but ultimately, it eats up more gas, too, maintaining no more than 22 mpg highway and 16 mpg city. For this reason, driving around town in the Tahoe could cost you.
The new Grand Cherokee’s standard engine is the 3.6L V6, which delivers 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. However, drivers have three engine choices with the Cherokee. You can upgrade to a 5.7L V8 with 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 delivering 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and still maintaining its extraordinary EPA-estimated fuel efficiency.
The only engine available in the Chevrolet Tahoe is a 5.3L V8 that delivers 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, and is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Another preconceived notion you may have about an SUV is that it will have excellent handling, period. While both these vehicles do come with their own four-wheel drive system, capable of great traction, this drivetrain is the be all end all of handling.
To ensure you can navigate any road-wet, rocky, snowy, or something more-the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been equipped with the Selec-Terrain™ system. This function allows you to differentiate between road surfaces, altering your drivetrain to match them.
Outside of its 4WD, the Tahoe lacks such a system. While it may have decent gripping power on certain roads, particularly with the addition of a garden-variety stability control system, it is not nearly as adaptable. When driving in poor weather, Tahoe drivers will need to use extra caution.
Unique Safety Features
When you choose the Chevrolet Tahoe, you’ll have access to many standard safety features. Traction control and the rearview camera, for instance, are exceptionally helpful, but can be found in most vehicles today.
The new Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, tries to incorporate some more unique features to make your drive safer. For example, rain brake support is included. When the windshield wipers are on, this feature will apply extra pressure to the calipers to keep your brakes dry.
Ready alert braking has also been added. With this feature, a bit of pressure will be applied to your brakes as soon as you take your foot off the gas. This preemptive measure can make emergency braking much easier.
Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Chevy Tahoe
The Chevrolet Tahoe is a formidable vehicle. It contains a big engine and some nice comforts. However, it has also been known to eat gas and may lack stability off-road.
When you want efficiency, off-road capability, and safety, Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton drivers will have to turn to the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Experience the Jeep Grand Cherokee for yourself today at Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 24. Contact our Jeep dealership for more information. We look forward to working with you!
1 Actual mileage may vary. For more information, please visit: www.jeep.com/fuelefficiency.
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