The SUV segment of the automotive industry encompasses a wide variety of vehicles with different prices, performance capabilities and cabin sizes. Although some these vehicles may not seem like they have a lot in common, they’re still considered an SUV, which in turn puts them in the same category of a Sports Utility Vehicle. Our team here at Serra Toyota is starting to think outside the box by providing our readers with unexpected comparisons to give drivers a better idea of how Toyota vehicles stand up to various types of competition. We’re digging deep into the market to put together some research drivers can use to make their new car decision easier.
For this one, we’re going to look at the 2016 Toyota Highlander LE and the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. These are the base models for both vehicles, and their starting price points are quite comparable. It’s important to note the Highlander does offer a larger, more powerful engine on the same model as a different trim level for drivers who are looking for more of a kick from their SUV.
|2016 Toyota Highlander LE||VS||2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo|
|2.7-liter I-4||Engine||3.6-liter V-6|
|20 city/25 hwy||MPG||19 city/26 hwy|
Looking further into the performance capabilities, the Highlander is set with standard front-wheel drive whereas the Grand Cherokee comes with rear-wheel drive. Drivers who choose the 2016 Toyota Highlander will have a 6-speed automatic transmission, and those who pick the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be set with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Highlander sits on standard 18-inch alloy wheels, and the Grand Cherokee has 17-inch alloy wheels.
With more seating options available in the Highlander, there is less room for cargo behind the third row rear seating compared to the second row rear seat in the Grand Cherokee. There is much more room overall in the cabin of the Highlander, and front seat passengers have more space for comfort. Turning our attention to the standard features, the two share a few including cruise control, keyless entry and heated exterior mirrors. However, the Highlander comes out on top with standard rear climate control and a CD player, which are not available on the Grand Cherokee. Drivers will also get standard voice activated controls, a backup camera and a cargo area cover, which are optional in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Those interested to learn more about the 2016 Toyota Highlander are encouraged to contact our team here at Serra Toyota for more information regarding the features and performance capabilities of this SUV. Drivers can get behind the wheel by scheduling a test drive online today.