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Of all the brands that manufacture SUVs, Jeep may be among the most well-known. There are a few reasons for that, though. Jeep SUVs are trail rated, stock full of features, and down for just about anything. The same, naturally, can be said of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. But how does it compare to a vehicle like the Honda Passport? Well, there are a few reasons why you should skip the 2020 Honda Passport and choose the Jeep Grand Cherokee instead. 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee
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The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a capable off-roader

Jeep is known for its off-road capable SUVs. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, obviously, is known for much of the same. It’s available with a Quadra-Drive II 4×4 System with Rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential and the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System. It also offers 10.8 inches of ground clearance, giving drivers more than enough space to take on even the rockiest of roads.

Unfortunately for Honda shoppers, the 2021 Honda Passport isn’t equipped for the trails. Though it is available with all-wheel drive, it doesn’t offer off-road systems comparable to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s. Unlike Jeep, Honda doesn’t trail rate its vehicles either. And ground clearance? The Passport offers a maximum of 8.1 inches of ground clearance.

The Grand Cherokee boasts best-in-class tow ratings

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is more than a capable off-roader. This SUV can also tow a pretty heavy load. When equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the Grand Cherokee is capable of towing 6,200 pounds. Opt for one of the Grand Cherokee’s available V8 engines, and that number jumps up to a whopping 7,200 pounds.

As for the Honda Passport? Well, it can tow. Unfortunately, though, the new Honda Passport isn’t quite as beefy as its Jeep competitor. Take a look at this year’s specs, and you’ll find that the 2021 Honda Passport is only capable of towing between 3,500 and 5000 pounds. 

It comes standard with some pretty fancy tech

If you’re a lover of tech-savvy features, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to please. Unlike the 2021 Honda Passport, this year’s Grand Cherokee is available with a larger touchscreen display. At 8.4-inches, the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s available touchscreen display is nothing to scoff at.

It’s also available with SiriusXM Guardian. While this feature does require an upgrade, it will enable you to lock and unlock doors, start the SUV remotely, activate the horn if you’re having trouble finding the SUV in a crowded parking lot, and access necessary vehicle information. To be fair, the 2021 Honda Passport is standard with remote start, but it doesn’t offer SiriusXM Guardian.

Is it time for a test drive?

For SUV shoppers that have their heart set on a vehicle that’s able to hit the trails, the Jeep Grand Cherokee makes for a great pick. Further, consider its best-in-class towing capacity and a long list of tech-savvy features, and this Jeep has positioned itself as a much better option than the Honda Passport. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Head to your local dealership to take the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee out for a test drive.


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