2017 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee Alike Lauded by U.S. News and World Report

We at Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Concord can certainly agree with U.S. News and World Report when it dons Jeep a brand to "strike the balance between off-road ruggedness and modern, asphalt amenities." Its head-to-head comparison of 2017 Jeep Cherokee, which the expert reviewer ranks #12 in best compact SUVs, and 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which it gives a #5 best midsize SUV ranking, evinces that each model stands its respective ground.

2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited, Overland and Trailhawk iterations make a strong showing, offering reliable Jeep 4x4 capability with rear-axle disconnect for reduced energy loss across smooth terrain, and the year-model's Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control system features up to five customized modes -- Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock – to keep handling precise during excursions on- and off-road. 2017 Cherokee's Sport trim takes a step up, showing off a best-in-class 3.2-liter V6 engine with standard-on-all-V6 stop-start tech that can tow up to 4,500 pounds and a related 56:1 crawl ratio for low-range, dig-in traction. And with fuel economy up to 31 mpg highway, as well as midsize model-standard nine-speed automatic transmission, and more than 70 available safety and security features, 2017 Jeep Cherokee can take one almost anywhere.

U.S. News and World Report makes special callout, however, for 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee performance and upper-trim fuel efficiency. The model's 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine comes standard, and with an up to 6,200-pound towing capacity; four-wheel drive is a welcome option on Trailhawk and SRT trims; and an optional diesel V6 can haul up to 7,400 pounds with up to 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway fuel economy. Jeep Grand Cherokee likewise shows off the addition of a rearview camera and rear parking sensors to enhance safety, as well the excellent NHTSA, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and J.D. Power ratings to seal said deal. And the SUV step-up takes a final accolade from the expert reviewer for cargo capacity, showcasing up to 36.3 cubic feet with rear seat standing and 68.3 cubic feet when it's folded, comparable but with slight edge to Cherokee's respective 24.6 and 54.9.

Jeep preferences can be as diverse as one's utility needs any way one looks at it. Why not stop in to see us at our 4901 Marsh Drive showroom here in Concord, CA, and we'll help you explore your needs firsthand with a test drive? Whether you're from Antioch, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Vallejo or nearby, we're looking forward to it!

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