Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota Highlander

The redesigned 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is fresh on the scene, and we know Aiken and Graniteville, South Carolina, drivers want to know: How does it measure up against the 2022 Toyota Highlander? You can see these family SUVs go head-to-head right here.

We’ll show you how the Grand Cherokee and Highlander compare across the categories you care about most, from performance to cabin comfort. Find out which one is best for you and your family with the help of our team at Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Grand Cherokee vs Highlander: Performance

The 2022 Grand Cherokee and Highlander are powered by some potent engines. Look under the hood of the Highlander, and you’ll find a 295-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine that’s ready to move you forward. A hybrid powertrain is also available with 243 horsepower on tap.

The Grand Cherokee has even grander ambitions with a lineup of three engines. Although the base 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine runs roughly even with the Highlander in terms of output—293 horsepower—the other two engines are far and away the winners.

You can equip your Grand Cherokee with a 357-horsepower 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine—or even more impressively, with a 375-horsepower 2.0L I-4 DOHC DI Turbo PHEV engine. If you want to feel the power the moment you hit the gas, you’ll love this last option!

eep Grand Cherokee Off Road

Grand Cherokee vs Highlander: Electric Power

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Highlander are among the most innovative vehicles in the midsize SUV segment. As noted above, they both have partially electrified powertrains.

If you compared the figures above, you’ve already noted that the Grand Cherokee 4xe is much more powerful than the Highlander Hybrid, at 375 horsepower to 243 horsepower. It’s not even close. When it comes to fuel economy, though, which is more efficient?

It depends how you drive them, but the Grand Cherokee 4xe has the potential to be more efficient! Of the two, only the Jeep SUV can drive on all-electric power (for up to 26 miles). It earns an EPA-estimated 56 combined MPGe for that interval.

By contrast, the Highlander can only manage up to an EPA-estimated 36 combined MPG. For short commutes and quick grocery runs, it’s certainly the Grand Cherokee that has the advantage.

 Jeep Grand Cherokee Tech

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota Highlander: Interior

Fully redesigned for the current model year, the 2022 Grand Cherokee sports a fresh style that runs from the exterior right on into the cabin. The Highlander, meanwhile, hasn’t been redesigned since the 2020 model year.

While 2020 wasn’t too long ago and there are certainly vehicles whose designs go further back, the Highlander still falls behind the Grand Cherokee in that regard. You’ll notice the difference especially in the top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee Summit trim.

The Summit is known as the Most Luxurious Vehicle in its Class, a title it earns with features such as:1

  • Open-pore wood trim
  • Quilted leather seating surfaces
  • 16-way power front seats with memory and massage

While the top-tier Highlander Platinum trim has similar interior appointments, it lacks available massage seats. These help give the Grand Cherokee its edge.

Grand Cherokee vs Highlander: Which Is Better?

We hope our Aiken and Graniteville, SC, readers found this comparison helpful! Some will prefer the Grand Cherokee, while others may prefer the Highlander. If you value performance, gas mileage, or cabin luxury, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes out on top.

See this SUV in action at Miracle CDJR today. Contact us to schedule your test drive online or over the phone!


1Based on Summit model offerings and WardsAuto Middle/Sport Utility Vehicle Segment. Excludes other FCA US LLC vehicles.

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