When it comes to attractive, powerful, and go-anywhere crossover SUVs, there are plenty of vehicles that aspire to power and perfection, but few who achieve it. In this 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Honda Pilot comparison, both are capable SUVs that offer all-wheel or 4x4 drive in all trim levels. They also have similar starting MSRP, and very close fuel-efficiency. However, when we look more closely at these models there are some striking differences.
The 2017 Honda Pilot is a crossover SUV designed for large families. It offers seating for up to eight passengers, though we can't speak to the comfort level of the passengers in the third row. In contrast, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is all about delivering a premium driving experience, and offering towing and off-roading versatility. This model seats just five passengers, but it can tow significantly more than its Honda rival. The base V6 engine (rated for 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque) can tow up to 6,200 pounds when properly equipped, and the available 5.7-liter V8 engine with 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque can tow even more. In contrast, the 2017 Honda Pilot can haul just 5,000 pounds.
|2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee||VS||2017 Honda Pilot|
|3.6-L V6 (295 hp)||Base Engine||3.5-L V6 (280 hp)|
|7,400 pounds||Top Towing||5,000 pounds|
The difference in focus is also clear. When comparing the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Honda Pilot, the Grand Cherokee is designed to thrive on the road or off of it. Both the 2017 Grand Cherokee and the 2017 Pilot are available with five trim levels, ranging from low-frills to luxurious. Only the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, however, is available in an off-roading trim that can also handle some of the toughest territory. With the Trailhawk trim of this model, drivers can enjoy not just cutting-edge 4x4 technology and powerful engine output, but an adjustable air suspension, underbody skid plates, unique styling, and off-roading tires.
Either the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee or the 2017 Honda Pilot can offer reliable and satisfying driving. However, for drivers seeking pure fun and serious towing capability, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee easily takes top marks. If you would like to know more about this comparison, or test drive a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Stillwater MN, contact a member of our sales team today.