What is the difference between Jeep SUVs?

Praised for their rugged off-road capabilities and stylish design, Jeep SUVs are among the hottest crossovers on the market, particularly when it comes to younger generations. With so many Jeep SUVs available, it can be difficult for Cape Girardeau customers to decipher key differences between certain Jeep models like the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Renegade.

Because Autry Morlan Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram wants drivers from Dexter and Jackson, MO to make an informed decision before they buy, we've done our homework on this quartet of new Jeep SUVs. We're confident one of these new Jeep models will appeal to your driving tastes, so let's break down the strengths and what makes each SUV stand out.

Comparing the Jeep SUVs in Performance

Performance is a key characteristic for several Poplar Bluff Jeep shoppers. The Jeep Compass only offers one powertrain. Other Jeep SUVs offer more robust powertrains and more options. With a 7,200-pound max towing capacity, four powertrains featuring at least 295 horsepower, and vigorous V6 and V8 engines, the Jeep Grand Cherokee easily takes the crown in performance.

Jeep Compass Performance

  • 2.4-liter inline-4: 180 horsepower, 175 pound-feet of torque, 22/31 (city/highway) miles per gallon

Jeep Renegade Performance

  • 2.4-liter inline-4: 180 horsepower: 175 pound-feet of torque, 24/32 miles per gallon
  • 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder: 177 horsepower, 210 pound-feet of torque, 24/32 miles per gallon

Jeep Cherokee Performance

  • 2.4-liter inline-4: 180 horsepower: 171 pound-feet of torque, 22/31 miles per gallon
  • 3.2-liter V6: 271 horsepower, 239 pound-feet of torque
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4: 270 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque

Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance

  • 3.6-liter V6: 295 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque, 19/26 miles per gallon
  • 5.7-liter V8: 360 horsepower, 390 pound-feet of torque
  • 6.5-liter V8: 475 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque
  • 6.2-liter supercharged V8: 707 horsepower, 645 pound-feet of torque

Comparing the Jeep Renegade, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, & Compass in Technology

All Jeep SUVs are pretty similar when it comes to technology. The Jeep Compass, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Renegade all feature a standard Uconnect® 4 infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen that team up with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

Larger 8.4-inch infotainment displays are available on most Jeep SUVs. The Jeep Compass offers the neat Jeep Sun & Sound package, which is the available Alpine® Premium Audio System with a panoramic sunroof. The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers built-in navigation with the larger touchscreen and a remote start on its second trim level on up, but Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration don't check in until the Grand Cherokee's Limited trim.

Comparing Interiors of These Jeep SUVs

There's no difference in seating capacity across this Jeep SUV quartet. Each new Jeep SUV seats five passengers, though it should be noted that the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L - the long-wheelbase model - offers third-row seating for the first time ever and can house seven Poplar Bluff passengers. Most Jeep Grand Cherokee models fit five, though.

The Jeep Compass, a compact SUV, offers 27 cubic feet of cargo space and 38.3 inches of rear legroom. Another compact crossover is the Jeep Cherokee, whose modern interior and comfortable seating make it a family favorite. Storage is similar at 27.6 cubic feet and expanding to 54.7 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. The Jeep Cherokee Latitude Lux, a mid-trim model, offers a plethora of luxurious features at an affordable price, including Nappa leather upholstery. 

Because the Jeep Renegade is a subcompact SUV, Jackson, MO shoppers shouldn't be surprised that it only offers 18.5 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats and 50.8 cubic feet for max cargo volume. Still, its squared-off design provides adventurers with a roomy cabin with quality headroom while on the road. Its 41.2 inches of front legroom is impressive, though rear legroom is far less at 35.1 inches.

Once again, the Jeep Grand Cherokee takes the cake. This midsize family SUV offers 36.3 cubic feet of cargo room and 68.3 cubic feet in all. There are 40.3/38.6 (front/rear) inches of legroom available.

Comparing Jeep SUV Safety Features

These Jeep SUVs share several common safety features, but different models provide certain driver-assist technology as standard features and reserve others for higher trim levels. All four Jeep SUVs offer quality safety features and driver assists to keep Sikeston, MO motorists safe.

Both the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee have a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert as a standard feature on all trim levels. The rest of the Jeep Cherokee's safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning with lane-keep assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rain-sensing wipers

Its sibling, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, offers adaptive cruise control, parallel and perpendicular parking assistance, Lane Departure Warning Plus, and rain-sensing wipers on trim levels above the base model. Jeep's savvy Pro Tech II driver aids come into play on the three Jeep Grand Cherokee upper trims.

The Jeep Renegade finally caught up on the safety front for the 2021 model, as the subcompact Jeep crossover's standard driver assists are a new feature. These include safety features like a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assistance.

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is available on the Jeep Compass, but only on its Limited and Trailhawk trims. The ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System is also available, but not standard. Same goes for safety features like forward collision warning with active braking, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Decide Which New Jeep SUV Matches Your Driving Lifestyle in Dexter, MO

Most Jeeps SUVs offer a similar range of models with some of the same trim level monikers.

Dexter drivers will love the stylish Jeep Renegade for its rugged design and arguably the best off-roading capability of the bunch. This subcompact SUV is built for adventures, and it's an easily maneuverable Jeep with a tight-turn radius, agile handling.

The Jeep Compass is a compact SUV with good maneuverability as well, along with a sleek and sporty build. The Jeep Cherokee is arguably a superior compact SUV, and it offers more standard safety features than the Jeep Compass, which Sikeston shoppers will have to pay extra for. That being said, the Jeep Compass is the second-most affordable Jeep SUV that Cape Girardeau customers can get their hands on. The Jeep Renegade has the lowest MSRP.

Poplar Bluff drivers will spend the most pennies on a new Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it's well worth it. Jeep labels the Grand Cherokee as the most awarded SUV ever, and it's clear to see why. This midsize family SUV offers superior performance among this quartet, while excelling in spaciousness, safety and technology. Missouri motorists can't go wrong with this great family off-roader, which is why we encourage customers to visit Autry Morlan Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram for a test drive. One of our new Jeep SUVs is sure to be your match! Shop new Jeep specials now too!


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