The 2021 Jeep Cherokee and 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee sound quite similar and can be easily confused with the other. They are, however, two different SUV models from Jeep with their own separate features and capabilities.

We at Maguire CDJR Watkins Glen wanted to highlight some of the key differences between these great vehicles, so those near the Watkins Glen, Corning, and Elmira, New York, areas, can make a wise decision about which one to choose.

Read on to learn more about both models!

2021 Jeep Cherokee vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Quick Facts


Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

22 MPG city/31 MPG highway

19 MPG city/26 MPG highway

Maximum Interior Cargo Room

54.7 cubic feet

68.3 cubic feet

Maximum Towing Capacity (when properly equipped)

4,500 pounds

7,200 pounds

2021 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Interior Specs

 A 60/40 split-fold for the rear seats is standard across all Cherokee trims, which can help make room for more storage and allow ways to customize where you place everything.  

The Grand Cherokee offers the 60/40 split for some, but not all, trims. Despite this, every trim still manages to provide plenty of cargo space at 68.3 cubic feet. The Cherokee also has a decent amount of space itself at 54.7 cubic feet.

In terms of passenger volume, the Cherokee measures 128 cubic feet and the Grand Cherokee 105 cubic feet. With this space, both vehicles will be able to accommodate up to five passengers comfortably.

2021 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Technology

 Both the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee offer Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, which allow you to listen to your music, texts, or calls. Although this feature is not available on the Grand Cherokee base trim, it is standard on all the trims above it-and across all trims of the Cherokee.

You can add on these available technology features to either your Cherokee or Grand Cherokee:

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • SiriusXM Guardian™
  • Jeep Skill for Amazon Alexa

With the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, up to eight devices can be connected at any given time on both models. This way, each passenger can have at least one device connected, and there's room for extra ones to be included, too.

SiriusXM Guardian™ offers some impressive features that are also worth highlighting. With your 12-month free trial and by downloading the Uconnect® app, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Start your car.
  • Get directions to new places.
  • Receive a monthly vehicle health report.
  • Call for emergency help.
  • Find your car if you've parked it far away.

Once your trial ends, you have the option to continue the subscription and enjoy these features throughout your ownership of the vehicle.

2021 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Capability

Both the 2021 Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models come with many engines to choose from, with each one featuring its own amounts of horsepower, torque, and towing capacity.

We've summarized those features in the following tables to make it easier to decide which one may be right for you.

2021 Jeep Cherokee Engine Quick Facts


2.4L Tigershark® MultiAir® 2

2L Turbo

3.2L Pentastar® V6


180 HP

270 HP

271 HP


171 lb-ft

295 lb-ft

239 lb-ft

Towing Capacity (when properly equipped)

2,000 pounds

4,000 pounds

4,500 pounds

Grand Cherokee Engine Quick Facts


3.6L Pentastar® V6

5.7L HEMI® V8

6.4L SRT® V8

Supercharged 6.2L V8


295 HP

360 HP

475 HP

707 HP


260 lb-ft

390 lb-ft

470 lb-ft

645 lb-ft

Towing Capacity

6,200 pounds

7,200 pounds

7,200 pounds

7,200 pounds

Whichever model you choose and whichever engine you opt for, you will be sure to receive some great power and towing capacity to go along with it.

Test Drive the 2021 Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Grand Cherokee Today!

Both the 2021 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are great SUVs for any family to drive around the areas of Watkins Glen, Corning, or Elmira, NY. With the cargo space to carry whatever you need, plus the potential towing capacity to carry even more, either one could be the car you need to go on more adventures.

If you'd like to see these models for yourself, contact us at Maguire CDJR Watkins Glen to set up a test drive!

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