2015 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep is known for rugged, high-quality SUVs that offer interior comforts, modern technology, and a go-anywhere attitude. Two of their most popular vehicles are the 2015 Jeep Cherokee and the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both of these SUVs make great choices for drivers in Colorado Springs, especially with all the rugged mountainous terrain. They both seat 5 people, have comfortable interiors, and deliver the excellent versatility.

Which one is right for you? Take a look at the advantages of each SUV to help make your decision.

Jeep Cherokee


Benefits of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee

One of the first benefits of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee over the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the superior fuel-economy. The Cherokee comes with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that delivers 22 mpg in town and 31 mpg on the highway. The Grand Cherokee, while more powerful, has a lower fuel-economy, reaching 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. These numbers are not bad for a larger SUV, but the Cherokee is still more efficient. Drivers who have long daily commutes and want to save on fuel will likely prefer the 2015 Jeep Cherokee.

Another important benefit of the Cherokee is the lower price. The 2015 Jeep Cherokee starts at $22,995, making it one of the most affordable vehicles available and a tremendous value. With all of its top-notch features, the 2015 Grand Cherokee is still a great value, starting a bit higher at $29,995, but with more features. If you need to save on your monthly budget, you may find that the 2015 Jeep Cherokee is the right choice.

Jeep Grand Cherokee


Benefits of the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Drivers who prefer a larger, more spacious SUV will likely find the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee to be the right choice. While many of the seating dimensions are very similar, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more cargo volume. You’ll have more space for all your tools, sports equipment, musical instruments, or whatever you need to pack into your vehicle. The Jeep Cherokee has plenty of space, but the Grand Cherokee gives you even more.

If you value driving power and capability, you will want to choose the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 3.6 V6 engine gives the Grand Cherokee 290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Cherokee reaches 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. You’ll also be able to put that power to good use, as the 2015 Grand Cherokee has a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds, while the Cherokee’s towing capacity is 2,000 pounds. If you have a camper or boat that you want to tow on a regular basis, you’ll probably need the extra power that comes with the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Front-Wheel Drive or Rear-Wheel Drive?

While both vehicle can be purchased with all-wheel drive, the base 2015 Jeep Cherokee comes in front-wheel drive, while the base 2015 Grand Cherokee comes in rear-wheel drive.

What does this mean for you? Generally, front-wheel drive is considered to deliver better traction because the drive wheels sit underneath the heavy engine, while rear-wheel drive is considered to have better balance and handling because the drivetrain is distributed from front to back. Like the two vehicles in question, both have their benefits, and the team at The Faricy Boys in Colorado Springs can help decide which is right for you.

Still can’t decide which one is right for you? Then visit our location in Colorado Springs to test drive a Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee to figure out which you like best!


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*EPA Estimates. Actual MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.