Trucks & SUVs

The Dodge Durango Out Jeeps The Grand Cherokee

The Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee have a lot in common. Both Ram and Jeep are under the Fiat umbrella now, so this isn’t exactly surprising. However, it is pretty shocking how much better the Dodge Durango is than the Jeep Grand Cherokee while utilizing the same components and vice versa.

Dodge Durango VS Grand Jeep Cherokee

The Dodge Durango and Grand Jeep Cherokee are both built on the same platform. They also offer a V8 Hemi for the necessary power to tow heavy trailers and crawl over rocks.

2020 Dodge Durango Burnout, smoke coming from the tires
2020 Dodge Durango | Dodge

These two adventurous SUVs also have the same fuel economy. The Dodge Durango and Grand Jeep Cherokee both get 19 mph in the city and up to 26 mpg on the highway.

However, the Dodge Durango base model price begins around $30k, while the Grand Jeep Cherokee starts around $32k, making it difficult to choose between the two. However, the Dodge Durango is a pretty strong underdog against the iconic Grand Jeep Cherokee name. 

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk driving on forest road
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk | Jeep

Dodge Durango And Grand Jeep Cherokee Power 

Both of these SUVs have three or more engines to choose from, allowing you to build the perfect ride to suit your individual needs. The Dodge Durango base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 option that offers 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This is the same base engine for the Jeep Grand Cherokee

The most powerful engine the Dodge Durango offers is the 6.4-liter V8, which provides 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. However, the Grand Jeep Cherokee has a 6.2-liter V8 supercharged engine that pumps out a whopping 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. 

Despite having more power than the Durango, the Grand Jeep Cherokee can only tow 7,200 lb. The Dodge Durango sweeps in with best in class towing and the ability to tow up to 8,700 lb, which is quite the upgrade. 

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The Grand Jeep Cherokee accelerates from 0 to 60 in about 6.6 seconds. The Dodge Durango comes in slightly faster with the ability to reach 60 mph in only 6.2 seconds. So both are fast and sporty to drive. 

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee driving down road
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Jeep

But the Dodge Durango comes with all-wheel-drive instead of four-wheel drive. True jeepers will say that AWD will never be as capable as 4×4. They both have the same suspension, so they have a similar ride on the pavement. 

Dodge Durango VS Jeep Grand Cherokee Features 

The Dodge Durango has a third row of seats, offering the ability to take the entire family on vacation. You can access up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Grand Jeep Cherokee only has up to 68.3 cubic feet of cargo space. 

2019 Dodge Durango SRT towing a boat down a country road
2019 Dodge Durango SRT | Dodge

People are attracted to the Grand Jeep Cherokee for the life of luxury it provides, but the Dodge Durango is pretty fancy. As the most powerful SUV for under $35k, it includes massive leather seats, wireless charging, and more. 

However, the Dodge Durango does it at a fraction of the cost. The highest trim level of the Grand Jeep Cherokee starts around $87k. The Dodge Durango offers an excellent trim option for $42k then the insane SRT option raises the price to $62k. So, as long as you don’t need more than 475 hp, you can save with the Dodge Durango with similar comfortable amenities.