Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs. Dodge Durango at Urse CDJR

How Does the New Jeep Grand Cherokee L Compare to the Dodge Durango?

Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee L the New SUV for You?

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a long-time go-to for family drivers with a taste for all-terrain driving. With its spacious interior and peerless performance options under the hood, the Grand Cherokee provided a level of comfort and versatility that made it a leader of the midsize segment.

The only problem? The Jeep Grand Cherokee has always lacked the option for third-row seating. Enter the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L. A brand new option in the Jeep lineup, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L offers classic Jeep grit with the comfort and convenience of a three-row SUV.

Let's look at everything the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L brings to the table and how it stacks up against other three-row midsize leaders, like the Dodge Durango.

The New Jeep Grand Cherokee L


While the obvious headline of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is "seating for seven," the new SUV also offers impressive performance options and a wealth of features designed to meet almost every conceivable need on the road.

Performance: The Jeep Grand Cherokee L doesn't have access to the same spread of engine options you'd enjoy with its smaller Grand Cherokee siblings. That doesn't mean it's a slouch in the performance department, though! The new model offers two different powertrains:

  • 3.6-liter V6: 290 horsepower, 257 pounds-feet of torque, 19/26 miles per gallon
  • 5.7-liter V8: 357 horsepower, 390 pounds-feet of torque, 14/22 miles per gallon

Available with both an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive, it can tow up to 7,200 pounds. Its high ground clearance and rugged design also make it an ideal option for drivers who consider "all-terrain driving" to be an invitation.

Trims & Features: The Jeep Grand Cherokee L hits the road with four available trims. These new models offer a slew of impressive features beyond extra seating alone.

Even at the standard level, you'll enjoy a rich collection of features, including standard safety technology and access to the Uconnect 5 infotainment system, complete with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Higher-level trims add amenities like leather upholstery, built-in navigation, remote start, and advanced traction control options.

Starting Price: The Jeep Grand Cherokee L starts at around $38,500 and offers options ranging up to about $62,000.

The New Dodge Durango


The Dodge Durango is a solid SUV all around and has been a favorite among family drivers for years now. Its comfortable seven-seat interior is complemented by robust features and powerful engine options.

Performance: The Dodge Durango can send you home with one of two powerful engines. These include a standard V6 and a powerful V8.

  • 3.6-liter V6: 293 horsepower, 295 pounds-feet of torque, 19/26 miles per gallon
  • 5.7-liter V8: 360 horsepower, 390 pounds-feet of torque, 14/22 miles per gallon

Performing at its best, the Durango can provide up to 6,400 pounds with a payload capacity of up to 1,900 pounds. All-wheel-drive is also available, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Trims & Features: The new Dodge Durango offers eight different trims available for sale. While some of these trim models are dedicated to performance options, the lineup, overall, offers features and equipment aimed at everything from comfort to media, safety, and more.

Starting Price: The Dodge Durango starts at around $33,000 with options ranging up to about $81,000.

Which New SUV is the Right Model for You?

We're big fans of both the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the Dodge Durango. Both are great SUVs in their own right, with both offering lots of features, powerful performance options, and comfortable interiors with plenty of space.

If you're looking for a new model with more options to choose from, we'd say the Dodge Durango is right for you. Its diverse trim lineup and wide array of features make it easy for Morgantown drivers to secure an experience that meets their needs.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L, meanwhile, might be a better match for Fairmont and Bridgeport drivers who want that bigger interior with the rugged versatility of an all-terrain SUV. There's reasons Jeep is the name people turn to when they want to leave the road behind. SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is one of them.

Are you a Clarksburg customer hoping to learn more? Reach out to Urse Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram today! Our White Hall dealership works with drivers of all sorts. We'd love to work with you too!

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