Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Toyota 4Runner

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Jeep Grand Cherokee

$666
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Toyota 4Runner

$514
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

3
1
2
Above Average
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 15th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $666 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Grand Cherokee.
4
Above Average
The Toyota 4Runner Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $514 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$666
inexpensive
expensive
$514
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
very often
0.4
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
13%
not urgent
urgent
13%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (10)
4 (35)
3 (26)
2 (7)
1 (6)
The Jeep Grand Cherokee ranks highest in safety and ranks lowest in fuel economy.
“Good solid vehicle.”
“Good solid vehicle.”
5 (9)
4 (43)
3 (17)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Toyota 4Runner ranks highest in value and ranks lowest in value.
“I had my Toyota 4Runner for many years and it was a great car that generally needed little time at the repair shop. The one exception was the head gasket issue with the V6 motor. The V6 version...”
“I had my Toyota 4Runner for many years and it was a great car that generally needed little time...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Toyota 4Runner are both midsize, two-row SUVs. The Grand Cherokee has unibody construction like most light vehicles, while the 4Runner is body-on-frame, like a pickup truck. This makes it more suited to heavy-duty usage, such as serious off-roading.

The standard engines in both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Toyota 4Runner are close: the Grand Cherokee comes with 295 horsepower, and the 4Runner has 270. But the Grand Cherokee pulls ahead when it comes to optional power. There’s as much as 475 horsepower in the SRT version of the Grand Cherokee, and there’s also a diesel engine option. The 4Runner offers no optional engines.

There are some differences that favor the 4Runner here. The 4Runner comes with four-wheel drive as standard equipment; the Grand Cherokee has standard rear-wheel drive, with optional all-wheel drive.

The 4Runner also wins on cargo space, with a total of 88.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Grand Cherokee has much less, with 68.3 cubic feet behind the front row.

Do you like to frequently head off the beaten path, and explore the unpaved world? The Toyota 4Runner will be your faithful companion. Or will you spend more time on the pavement, enjoying the comfort and on-road performance features of your vehicle? That’s the Jeep Grand Cherokee.