2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2022 Toyota 4Runner

The Grand Cherokee is Jeep's most popular two-row SUV, perfectly blending the automaker's traditional qualities of off-road ruggedness with city-friendly comfort and style. The lineup has been redesigned and relaunched for the 2022 model year, but will the new release maintain the same high standards? To find out, we've compared it to one of the leading Toyota SUVs, the 2022 4Runner, and here's what we uncovered.

Power Under the Hood

At first glance, the Toyota seems like a winner with its 4.0L V6 engine making a healthy 270 horsepower and 278lb-ft of torque. But one glance at the 2022 Grand Cherokee's specs shows that the Jeep is way ahead in powertrain terms. Even at the basic level, the Jeeps 3.6L V6 exceeds the Toyota's horsepower with 285 hp, even if its torque is a little lower at 260lb-ft.

But there are many other options available with the Grand Cherokee, including a V8 which makes 357 hp and 390lb-ft. However, the big news for 2022 is the launch of a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain making 375 horsepower and 470lb-ft at an economy rating of 4.7L / 100km. If you're looking for power, then the Jeep has plenty more exciting options to choose from.

Transmission and Drive Options

Both SUVs are available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, but the transmission options are very different. All models in the 2022 Grand Cherokee range are fitted with a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic, while the 4Runner is limited to a rather more basic five-speed automatic unit.

Gas Fuel Economy

Even with the gas-only powertrains, the Jeep enjoys a strong fuel economy advantage over the Toyota. The Grand Cherokee's city rating of 12.4L / 100km is considerably more attractive than the 4Runner's 14.7L. The difference is even greater for highway driving, with the Jeep's figure of 9.0L comfortably beating the Toyota's 12.4L, making the Jeep a much more economical compact SUV to drive.

Towing Capacity

The more powerful engineering of the Jeep also shows through in a better towing capacity than the Toyota. A properly equipped Grand Cherokee can haul up to 3,273kg in trailer weight, about one and a half times that of the 4Runner's maximum of 2,268kg.

Interior and Infotainment

The interior has received a lot of attention in this latest Grand Cherokee update, and it shows. Luxuries from quilted leather upholstery to heated seats with massagers confirm the Jeep as a satisfyingly upscale SUV.

That impression is only strengthened by the infotainment systems, with a standard 8.4" touchscreen that's upgradeable to 10.1", backed up by optional secondary screens, a digital instrument cluster, and a head-up display. In contrast, the Toyota is limited to a single 8" screen with no digital cluster available.

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