The midsize SUV is arguably one of the most popular class of vehicles available today. These cars have space without being massive and offer satisfying capability whether you’re off-roading or commuting. Two of the best off-road midsize SUVs available are the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2019 Toyota 4Runner. Read all about these two options here and decide which one is right for your individual needs.
In 2014, the Jeep Grand Cherokee model received a significant update in interior and exterior design and style, it remains as one of the more modern and high-tech midsize SUVs now. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers many different wheel sizes and styles, signature headlamps, and a high quality interior. To contrast, the Toyota 4Runner design hasn’t been updated since 2010 and has a much more dated design inside and out. For example, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a standard 7-inch infotainment screen compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2019 Toyota 4Runner has a 6.1-inch screen and no smartphone compatibility. Overall, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes out on top in modern style and technology.
Although both the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2019 Toyota 4Runner perform very well off-road, the 4Runner isn’t nearly as good for the average commute on the highway. First of all, the standard engine in the 2019 Toyota 4Runner gets 17 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway but the standard engine in the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. Besides, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has four engine options, ranging from 260 horsepower to 707, where the 2019 Toyota 4Runner only offers one engine. The available V8 engine on the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee further improves off-roading capabilities and its unibody construction makes for a more comfortable ride.
Finally, because the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a more modern vehicle, it also has safety features that you won’t find in the 2019 Toyota 4Runner. These include standard Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert as well as available Adaptive Cruise Control, emergency braking, and Lane Keeping Assist. In the end, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is simply more versatile and potentially safer than the 2019 Toyota 4Runner.