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An SUV Similar to Jeep Grand Cherokee

SUV Similar to Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee impresses with proven off-roading capabilities that underscores its rugged good looks.

And luxury accessories that make it a comfortable ride for the whole family.

The latest Grand Cherokee retains a gritty bravado across several models with three different powertrains, including a plug-in-hybrid 4xe variant.

And there’s an L version that offers third-row seating.

But other options offer smoother on-road performance, more safety features and a more affordable entry-price.

Not to mention reliability.

Roll with us as we look at comparable midsize, two row, crossover SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee that also feature a unibody construction.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

EngineHybrid, V6, V8 270 to 357 HP
Transmission8-speed automatic
Cargo Space38 cubic feet
Towing Capacity6,200 pounds

1. Ford Edge

Ford Edge

Engine: inline 4 or twin-turbo V6 | 250 to 335 HP

Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/ manual shifting mode

Cargo Space: 39 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 1,500 to 3,500 pounds

With a starting price that’s dollars less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Ford Edge offers a more comfortable ride and standard tech features.

If you don’t need third-row seating from your midsize SUV the Ford Edge offers more space than any compact crossover.

It can be outfitted with luxury features that rival the Grand Cherokee including a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen.

But it lacks the same interior refinement, even in the highest trim levels.

But while the latest Grand Cherokee has seen a redesign, the design of the Edge is getting a bit long in the tooth.

Which is not to say it’s not an elegant family hauler. But it lacks the refinement of other SUVs on the list.

2. Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Engine: inline 4 | 203 HP

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 37 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 1,500 to 3,500 pounds

With even smaller price of entry, the latest Toyota RAV4 offers rugged good looks over the previous generation’s softer exterior styling.

The RAV4 is a practical midsize SUV with towing capability similar to the Ford Edge.

And since this is a Toyota, you get way more safety features standard than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

But like most Toyota’s it’s not much fun to drive – the 2.5-liter four-cylinder can sound harsh compared to rivals.

And like the Ford Edge the exterior styling is beginning to show its age.

On a recent road trip, my wife and I saw many of these all over the interstate and at various rest stops.

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Which is a testament to just how good an SUV RAV4 is despite a few negligeable shortcomings.

Like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, you can get the RAV4 with all-wheel drive and plenty of room for your family’s cargo.

3. Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled inline 4 | 184 HP

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 38 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 1,500

Or, for the same base price you can pick up a Volkswagen Tiguan.

It even offers all-wheel drive but without the towing capacity of the Toyota RAV4, much less the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

All though the Tiguan is a five-passenger midsize SUV. You can order it with three rows like the Jeep Grand Cherokee L version.

You’ll find the handling is livelier than the Toyota RAV4.

And like the RAV4 you’ll get more driver-assistance features than the Jeep Grand Cherokee with fuel efficiency that’s also laudable.

While the interior is spacious you may find the seats to be on the firm side compared to other SUVs.

And although it offers more driving enjoyment than the RAV4, you still might wish for a little more power to push the limits of the chassis.

4. Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai Palisade

Engine: V6 | 291 HP

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 18 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds

While not as cheep as the Toyota RAV4, but significantly easier to get into than a Jeep Gran Cherokee.

The Hyundai Palisade offers a refreshed, more aggressive front-end styling. Along with a luxury experience that’s more affordable than the Grand Cherokee.

This is Hyundai’s largest SUV.

Like the RAV4, many connectivity and technology features come standard across the range.

Which means you don’t have to open your wallet wider to get the best features.

But opting for the high trim level Calligraphy model gets you luxuries like a panoramic sunroof, in dash navigation and quilted leather seats.

5. Honda Passport

Honda Passport

Engine: V6 | 280 HP

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 41 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 5,000

With a starting asking price to rival the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Honda Pilot also offers all-wheel drive and room for five passengers – you also get more cargo room.

While it doesn’t exactly grab your attention in a supermarket parking lot the way the Toyota RAV4 does.

The Pilot is a good, all-around vehicle that does lots of things well with no obvious shortcomings.

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Similar to the Volkswagen Tiguan, you can option the Pilot with three row seating.

And you get plenty of Honda’s safety tech even at the base model.

6. Chevrolet Blazer

Chevrolet Blazer

Engine: V6 | 308 HP

Transmission: 9-speed automatic w/ manual shifting mode

Cargo Space: 31 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 1,500 to 4,500 pounds

This latest Chevrolet Blazer has such a striking design that it makes all the models that came before it look sedate. Kudos to Chevy.

Not only do you get available all-wheel drive.

But the driving style is actually satisfying. You also get a generous amount of passenger space and room to put your stuff.

But similar to the Ford Edge, the quality of the interior materials isn’t quite up to snuff compared to rivals.

And like the Ford F-150s of late, some of the more desirable features are reserved for the highest trim levels.

7. Nissan Murano

Nissan Murano

Engine: V6 | 260 HP

Transmission: CVT w/ manual shifting mode

Cargo Space: 31 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 1,500 pounds

If you’re looking for an SUV for you and your family to cruise around in that doesn’t feature a boxy exterior.

Then feast your eyes on the Nissan Murano.

The only apparent caveats are dealing with a diminished towing capacity.

Exterior that – while not unattractive – like the Ford Escape is starting to age. And the sensation of continuous variable transmission.

If you can forgive all that, then the Murano will treat you to standard driver-assistance technology.

A touchscreen infotainment system with plenty of connectivity options no matter which trim level you choose.

And premium interiors that rival the upmarket Infiniti brand depending on the trim level you choose.

Although it shares its chassis with the Maxima. Driving dynamics are more like the RAV4 (read: not engaging).

8. Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne

Engine: V6 | 434 HP

Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/ manual shifting mode

Cargo Space: 27 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 7,700

Now we’re at the deeper end of the pool.

With a price that starts at almost double the basement price of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, not only are the driving dynamics way more sporty.

But the towing capacity is more impressive.

Optioned out, some Grand Cherokees can reach this lofty price, which is why we decided to include premium SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne.

If you want a Porsche, but you need room for the family and your cargo. This is the midsize SUV for you. The driving dynamics are unimpeachable.

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9. BMW X5


Engine: turbocharged and intercooled inline 6 or twin turbocharged V8 | 282 to 456 HP

Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/ manual shifting mode

Cargo Space: 33 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 6,603 pounds

If your budget is $20,000 more than the starting price of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, then the midsize luxury SUV market has a lot of options for you.

The BMW X5 has been a favorite of mine since its introduction back in 1999. The latest version offers two V6 powertrains and one V8.

But unlike the Porsche Cayenne, any model you choose will lean more toward the luxurious rather than sporty.

However, there’s even a plug-in hybrid version that’ll let you drive up to 30 miles on just electric power.

All the deluxe finishes and technology – like a heads-up display and four-zone climate control – do a phenomenal job of contributing to the feeling of reminding you that you’re in a luxurious space.

While third-row seating is optional, sitting back there offers a cramped experience.

10. Mercedes-Benz GLE

Mercedes-Benz GLE

Engine: turbocharged and intercooled inline 4 and 6; or turbocharged V8 | 255 to 603 HP

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 33 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 7,200 pounds

And if you want a luxury midsize SUV with offroad capabilities to rival the Jeep Grand Cherokee, then may we turn your attention to the Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Proving its robustness is the fact that towing capacity is more than that of the BMW X5. Like the X5, third row seating is an option.

And like the X5 its not a place for anyone but small children. Other than that, the interior of the GLE is roomy and well appointed.

There are three powertrains on offer from a punchy turbo inline four, to a turbo inline six cylinder.

But if you’re more about fast acceleration and could care less about MPGs, then then the twin-turbo V8 is really the only way to go.

The GLE also comes with an optional adjustable air suspension for going off the beaten path.

To remind you, however, that this is a luxury SUV. Not only does it come with heated seats, but you also get a heated armrest.