Jeep Grand Cherokee Vs. Toyota Highlander

By Justin Cupler | March 31st, 2019

Crossovers and SUVs offer our Jacksonville area buyers with spatial needs but do not want to drive a minivan. Here at Garber Automall, we have the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which offers all the space you need and even a heavy dose of performance in the SRT and Trackhawk models. How does our resident trail and track machine stack up against the three-row 2019 Toyota Highlander? Find out below.

Exterior

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2019 Toyota Highlander both feature more upscale and stylish looks than large, boxy SUVs. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, which follows the Jeep brand’s off-road ethos, has a slightly more rugged look and up to a 10.8-inch ride height. It is also significantly shorter than the Highlander, making it a little easier to toss through tight trails of into tight parking spaces.

The Grand Cherokee and Highlander both have loads of standard features and tons of outward luxury goodies in their higher trims. Where the Grand Cherokee separates itself from the Highlander with its two performance variants, the SRT and Trackhawk models, which have sporty touches and a mean V-8 growl. The Grand Cherokee’s optional air suspension also delivers up to 10.8 inches of ground clearance at its highest setting, which is 2.8 inches higher than the Highlander.

Measurement 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2019 Toyota Highlander Difference
Length 189.8 inches 192.5 inches -2.7 inches
Width 76.5 inches 75.8 inches +0.7 inches
Height 67.9 to 69.3 inches 68.1 inches -0.2 to +1.2 inches
Wheelbase 114.7 inches 109.8 inches +4.9 inches
Ground Clearance 8.1 to 10.8 inches 8 inches +0.1 to +2.8 inches
Curb weight 4,513 to 5,434 pounds 4,165 to 4,495 pounds +348 to +939 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Smaller body is easier to park
  • Significantly more ground clearance
  • Sporty Trackhawk and SRT trims

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Highlander

  • Looks sharp
  • Limited model boasts a luxurious aura

Interior

Inside, both these crossovers show a little age, but they remain quite stylish. The Toyota Highlander rolls in with a shapely dash that boasts an underside storage bin for smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets. It also dresses up nicely in its higher trims. Setting the Highlander apart from the Grand Cherokee are its three rows of seats — the Grand Cherokee has just two rows — and up to 83.7 cubes of cargo space, which is over 15 cubic feet more than the Jeep SUV.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee may lack in size, but it makes up for it in style. This Jeep SUV boasts a luxurious cabin in its upper trims, but what really sets it apart are its two sporty trims — SRT and Trackhawk. These models bring in sportier looks with performance seating, contrast stitching, and upscale materials.

Measurement 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2019 Toyota Highlander Difference
Front headroom 39.9 inches 40.7 inches -0.8
Front legroom 40.3 inches 44.2 inches -3.9
Front shoulder room 58.7 inches 59.3 inches -0.6
Front hip room 57 inches 57.2 inches -0.2
Second row headroom 39.2 inches 39.9 inches -0.7
Second row legroom 38.6 inches 38.4 inches +0.2
Second row shoulder room 58 inches 59.6 inches -1.6
Second row hip room 56.2 inches 57.1 inches -0.9
Third row headroom
35.9 inches
Third row legroom
27.7 inches
Third row shoulder room
55 inches
Third row hip room
45.6 inches
Cargo capacity (behind third row)
13.8 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 36.3 cubic feet 42.3 cubic feet -6 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 68.3 cubic feet 83.7 cubic feet -15.4 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Sporty SRT and Trackhawk models
  • Loads of tech

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Highlander

  • Roomier seats
  • Higher seating capacity
  • Huge cargo area

Performance

SUVs and crossovers like the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2019 Toyota Highlander are generally not great performers, but the Grand Cherokee is far from your typical crossover. In its base level, things are simple with a V-6 engine just shy of 300 horsepower, but things only get wilder from there. The craziness starts with a 360-horsepower HEMI V-8 that sprints this SUV to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and tops out with a 707-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that sprints this Jeep SUV to 60 mph in a supercar-rivaling 3.5 seconds.

What’s more, its top-level sport models — the 475-horsepower SRT and 707-horsepower Trackhawk — also have the chassis to handle cornering better than most vehicles their size.

 

The 2019 Highlander cannot hold a candle to the Grand Cherokee’s peak performance, but its 295-horsepower V-6 engine sprints this crossover to 60 mph quicker than the base Grand Cherokee.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2019 Toyota Highlander Difference
Engine 3.6-liter V-6 2.7-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower 295 hp at 6,400 rpm 185 hp at 5,800 rpm +110 hp
Torque 260 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm 184 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm +76 lb-ft
0-60 time 7.6 seconds
Towing capacity 6,200 pounds 1,500 pounds +4,700 pounds
MPG City 18-19 mpg 20 mpg 1 to -2 mpg
MPG Highway 25-26 mpg 24 mpg +1 to 2 mpg
MPG Combined 21 mpg 22 mpg 1 mpg
Engine 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 3.5-liter V-6 engine
Horsepower 360 hp at 5,150 rpm 295 hp at 6,600 rpm +65 hp
Torque 390 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm 263 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm +127 lb-ft
0-60 time 6.5 seconds 7 seconds -0.5 seconds
Towing capacity 7,200 pounds 5,000 pounds +2,200 pounds
MPG City 14 mpg 19-21 mpg -5 to -7 mpg
MPG Highway 22 mpg 26-27 mpg -4 to -5 mpg
MPG Combined 17 mpg 22-23 mpg -5 to -6 mpg
Engine 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel
Horsepower 240 hp at 3,600 rpm
Torque 420 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm
0-60 time 7.9 seconds
Towing capacity 7,400 pounds
MPG City 22 (2018)
MPG Highway 30 (2018)
MPG Combined 25 (2018)
Engine 6.4-liter HEMI V-8
Horsepower 475 hp at 6,000 rpm
Torque 470 lb-ft at 4,300 rpm
0-60 time 4.4 seconds
Towing capacity 7,200 pounds
MPG City 13 mpg
MPG Highway 19 mpg
MPG Combined 15 mpg
Engine 6.2-liter supercharged V-8
Horsepower 707 hp at 6,000 rpm
Torque 645 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm
Towing capacity 7,200 pounds
0-60 time 3.5 seconds
MPG City 11 mpg
MPG Highway 17 mpg
MPG Combined 13 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Potent SRT and Trackhawk models
  • Big towing advantage

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Highlander

  • Better fuel economy
  • Sedan-like drive

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup has seven trim levels — Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk — and their starting prices range from $31,945 to $86,900.

 

The 2019 Toyota Highlander has a simpler lineup of  six trims: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum. Their starting prices range from $31,530 to 45,750.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Key Feature and Pricing by Trim

Laredo: $31,945

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Eco suspension
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 17-inch silver aluminum wheels
  • Body-color grille
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Automatic quad-halogen headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Fog lights
  • Power, heated mirrors
  • Black roof molding
  • Variable-intermittent, speed-sensitive wipers
  • Fixed-intermittent rear wiper
  • 7-inch driver-information display
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 12-volt outlet in cargo area
  • Eight cargo tie-down hooks
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth seats
  • Front-passenger fold-flat seat
  • Manual seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Two USB ports
  • Two 12-volt power outlets in front
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Uconnect 4 infotainment system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Off-Road Pages
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Keyless ignition
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Rain Brake Support
  • Ready Alert Braking
  • Trailer-sway control

 

Limited: $39,195

  • All Laredo features, plus
  • Bright exhaust tip
  • Body-color fascia with bright inserts
  • Memory mirrors with auto-dimming feature
  • Remote ignition
  • Bright roof rails
  • 18-inch premium painted wheels
  • Cargo area cover
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Two-position memory driver’s seat and power tilt steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Eight-way power front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Uconnect 4C NAV infotainment system
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • Dual USB charging ports
  • Security alarm
  • Universal garage door opener

 

Trailhawk: $44,295

  • All Limited features, plus
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Normal-duty suspension
  • Selec-­Speed/Hill-­ascent control
  • Selec-­Terrain traction management system
  • Quadra-­Lift Air suspension system
  • Heavy-duty engine cooling
  • Class IV receiver
  • Four-and seven-pin towing wiring harnesses
  • Rear load-­leveling suspension
  • 18-inch off-road aluminum wheels
  • Body-color front fascia
  • Neutral Grey grille
  • Power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Neutral Grey roof rack
  • Trailhawk leather/suede seats
  • SiriusXM Traffic Plus
  • SiriusXM Traffic Link
  • 506-watt, nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system
  • Selec-­Speed Control

 

Overland: $45,995

  • All Limited features, plus
  • Headlight washers
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Bi-xenon HID headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Perforated Nappa leather seating
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Wood-and-leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • SiriusXM Traffic Plus
  • SiriusXM Travel Link
  • 506-­watt, nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system

 

Summit: $52,290

  • All Overland features, plus
  • Bright grille insert
  • LED fog lights
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Deluxe cargo compartment
  • Perforated Natura Plus leather-­trimmed seating with smooth Natura Plus leather bolsters
  • Harman Kardon 19-­speaker, 825-­watt sound system
  • Adaptive cruise control with full stop
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Parallel and perpendicular park
  • Rear cross-traffic monitoring

 

SRT: $68,395

  • All Summit features, plus
  • 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Dual bright exhaust tips
  • Selec-­Trac traction management system
  • Active dampers
  • Quadra-­Trac Active On Demand
  • Body-color fascia with bright inserts
  • Black grille
  • Black roof molding
  • 20-inch Satin Carbon split-spoke wheels
  • Leather/perforated suede SRT seats
  • Leather-wrapped performance steering wheel
  • Nine-speaker, 506-watt  Alpine premium audio system
  • Performance pages

 

Trackhawk: $86,900

  • All SRT features, plus
  • 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine
  • Bright quad-tip exhaust
  • Body-color fascia with gloss-black inserts
  • 20-inch forged polished-face wheels
  • Suede/Nappa performance seats

2019 Toyota Highlander Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LE: $31,330

  • 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • 18-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels with black center caps
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with chrome accents
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Body-color, heated side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Body-color outside door handles
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Privacy glass on rear sides
  • Black side rocker panels
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Front and rear manual air conditioning
  • 4.2-inch color driver-information center
  • Cloth seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Soft-touch upper door trim with metallic accents
  • Cloth-covered door armrest
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front glass
  • Power door locks
  • Overhead console with map lights and sunglasses holder
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Three front USB ports
  • Two rear USB ports
  • Four cargo-area tie-down hooks
  • Digital clock
  • Entune Audio
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Rearview camera with guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Hill-start assist

 

LE Plus: $36,260

  • All LE features, plus
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Fog lights
  • 18-inch split-five-spoke wheels in gunmetal gray
  • Flip-up rear-hatch glass
  • Power liftgate
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth- and leatherette-seats
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leatherette-trimmed door armrest
  • Entune Audio Plus infotainment system
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Scout GPS Link
  • SiriusXM
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic monitoring
  • Automatic engine stop and start

 

XLE: $39,220

  • All LE Plus features, plus
  • Power moonroof
  • 18-inch turbine-look alloy wheels
  • Chrometec roof rails
  • Leather first- and second-row seating
  • Leatherette third-row seating
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Keyless unlock on front doors and liftgate
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • One 120-volt power outlet
  • Retractable second-row sunshades
  • In-car PA system
  • Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation
  • HD Radio
  • Anti-theft alarm

 

SE: $40,440

  • All XLE features, plus
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • 19-inch multispoke alloy wheels with black finish
  • Projector-beam headlights with black accents
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED black-accented taillights
  • Dark-painted roof rails
  • Technical pattern door panel accents
  • Blue LED ambient lighting

 

Limited: $42,430

  • All XLE features, plus
  • Smoked-chrome headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Puddle lights
  • 19-inch five-spoke Chromtec alloy wheels
  • Body-color rocker panels
  • Chrome rear bumper garnish
  • Perforated leather seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Blue LED ambient lighting
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down on all windows
  • Rear cargo area tonneau cover
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation
  • 12 JBL GreenEdge speakers
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

 

Limited Platinum: $45,550

  • All Limited features, plus
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • 19-inch five-spoke Dark Chromtec wheels
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 360-degree camera
  • Highlander projector puddle lights
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Emergency assistance
  • Stolen vehicle locator
  • Roadside assistance
  • Automatic collision notification

Who Should Buy the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is perfect for buyers who want to go off-road but still want some luxury. Also, with its performance variants, the Grand Cherokee is great for gearheads who want to haul their family and tail.  

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Highlander?

The Toyota Highlander and its three rows are great for larger families who need extra space for the family and cargo.  

 

Ready to tackle the trails or tracks of the Fleming Island area in the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and its performance models? Head down to Garber Automall serving the Jacksonville, Orange Park, and Green Cove Springs areas today to test drive it. Can’t make it to our showroom today for a test drive? Navigate to our online inventory page to see what 2019 Grand Cherokee models we have in stock today and schedule a test drive for later.