2021 4Runner vs. 2020 Grand Cherokee Comparison

The Toyota 4Runner was introduced in 1984 as a modified Hilux pickup truck. It’s now in its 5th generation. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, in comparison, was introduced eight years later in 1992. It was intended to replace the Jeep Cherokee. Since Cherokee sales were still going strong, Jeep has kept both vehicles in the mix.

The 4Runner has a legendary off-roading reputation, as do many of the vehicles in Jeep’s lineup. You’ll find a whole host of features that can help off-road performance on both of these vehicles. The 4Runner TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Venture Special Edition, and TRD Pro have Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control (CRAWL) for even more driving support in certain off-road situations. Another useful driving feature is Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) which is standard on all trim levels. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee has Hill Start Assist, but to get Hill Descent Control you'll need to upgrade to the higher-end North Edition grade.

All leased and purchased new Toyota vehicles come with a ToyotaCare plan which includes factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years/unlimited miles.

In this head to head, we’ll see who wins in key categories like performance, reliability, and interior.

Publish Date: 10/01/2020

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Performance

The 4Runner has many different levels of standard and optional off-roading features to help keep you going no matter where you tread.

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Performance

  • The 4Runner offers different levels of standard off-roading features, like Downhill Assist Control (DAC) when you upgrade to the 4x4 SR5, SR5 Premium, Limited, or Nightshade Edition.
  • Unlike the 4Runner base model, the Grand Cherokee Laredo E does not have Hill Descent Control.
  • The 4Runner’s body-on-frame construction absorbs off-roading stress better than the Grand Cherokee's more rigid unibody chassis.
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Reliability

Vehicles like the 4Runner and Grand Cherokee don't get where they are without winning recognition and reputation.

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Reliability

  • In the category for SUVs, the 4Runner was awarded the Best Resale Value: Top 10 for 8 Years in a Row by Kelley Blue Book®.
  • With an Overall Consumer Rating of 82 out of 100, the 4Runner received a higher J.D. Power Overall Consumer Rating than the 2020 Grand Cherokee.
  • Toyota's Roadside Assistance lasts two years and unlimited miles. The Grand Cherokee's roadside assistance coverage lasts for five years but does include as many services as ToyotaCare.
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Interior

Interior connectivity features and cargo space should never take a back seat to other specs, even in a comparison of off-roading capable vehicles.

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Interior

  • You get a larger cargo volume of 89.7 cu. ft. behind the front seats in the 4Runner SR5.
  • You also get two more speakers with the 4Runner which comes standard with eight speakers while the Grand Cherokee has six.
  • The 4Runner Limited, Nightshade Special Edition, and TRD Pro come standard with 15 JBL® Speakers. The Grand Cherokee's available upgraded sound system on the Trailhawk or higher trims only comes with 10 speakers.
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Conclusion: 4Runner vs. Grand Cherokee

The 4Runner delivers a variety of standard off-roading features. Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control (CRAWL) come standard on the TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Venture Special Edition, and TRD Pro. To get a similar Selec-Terrain® System on the 2020 Grand Cherokee you’ll need a 4x4 configuration.

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Conclusion: 4Runner vs. Grand Cherokee

  • The 2020 Grand Cherokee has a Selec-Terrain® System but you’ll need a slightly more expensive 4x4 trim. Same for the 4Runner's more advanced off-road features.
  • Coming in at number five for the KBB® 10 Best Overall Resale Values: Cars, Trucks, and SUVs, the 2020 4Runner retains its value over the years.
  • You get more connectivity options and an upgraded sound system with eight speakers in the 4Runner SR5 as opposed to six in the Grand Cherokee.
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