Grand Cherokee vs Chevy Blazer

The latest Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevrolet Blazer are two of the best mid-size crossover SUVs currently available. With decades-long lineage behind them, both models have been designed to bring something new to the SUV segment. Let’s go through the main differences between them, and find the one that better suits your needs.

Dimensions

Mid-size SUVs have to strike a balance between the maximum exterior dimensions and interior comfort. Despite the shorter wheelbase, Chevy Blazer is longer and wider. Grand Cherokee may be taller, but it’s also significantly heavier. 

 

Dimensions Grand Cherokee Chevy Blazer
Height 69.3 inches 67.0 inches
Width Without Mirrors 76.5 inches 76.7 inches
Length 189.8 inches 191.4 inches
Wheel Base 114.8 inches 112.7 inches

 

The difference in exterior dimensions doesn’t impact interior space, as there’s plenty of room in either model and the differences are marginal. Two rows of seats are standard for mid-sized crossovers, but if you’re looking for extra seating in the back, Grand Cherokee L is an excellent option.

Capabilities

Crossovers are an ideal blend of the strength & capabilities of an SUV along with the elegant design & comfort of a luxury sedan.

When it comes to moving stuff around, Grand Cherokee is a clear winner. The cargo area holds almost 20% more luggage, and while the maximum payload isn’t specified for Blazer, we can estimate it to be lower than Grand Cherokee’s due to the massive difference in maximum towing capacity. 

This is somewhat offset by the greater weight of Grand Cherokee. The real difference between the two is in the cargo and towing capacity. You’ll be able to pack all your suitcases in both SUVs, but if you don’t plan on towing large camping trailers or recreational vehicles, Chevy Blazer will work just as well as Grand Cherokee

 

Capacity Grand Cherokee Chevy Blazer
Standard Cargo Capacity  36.3 cu. ft. 30.5 cu. ft.
Maximum Cargo Capacity 68.3 cu. ft. 64.2 cu. ft.
Maximum Payload 1380 pounds Not Specified
Maximum Towing Capacity 6,200 – 7,200 pounds 1,500 – 4,500 pounds
Curb Weight 4,746 pounds 4,253 pounds

 

Performance

The difference in power will be obvious once we go through the engine options. While Chevrolet focuses on sensible, mid-sized engines that generate sufficient power and decent fuel economy for a vehicle of its size, Jeep has a different idea. For Grand Cherokee, power comes first, with V8 engines outputting massive torque and horsepower.

 

Grand Cherokee: 

  • 3.6L Pentastar V6 has a towing limit of 6,200 pounds and delivers 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
  • 5.7L HEMI V8 has a towing limit of 7,200 pounds and delivers 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque.
  • 6.4L SRT V8 has a towing limit of 7,200 pounds and delivers 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
  • 6.2L Supercharged V8 has a towing limit of 7,200 pounds and delivers 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque.
Chevy Blazer: 

  • 2.5L Ecotec has a towing limit of 1,500 pounds and delivers 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque.
  • 2.0L Turbo has a towing limit of 1,500 pounds and delivers 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
  • 3.6L V6 has a towing limit of 4,500 pounds and delivers 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

 

The most powerful Blazer engine and Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6L V6 are on par in performance, but the other engines take these SUVs in opposite directions. Because Blazer’s 3.6L engine becomes standard with higher trims, if you need towing capabilities, Grand Cherokee is a better option. Blazer’s Ecotec and Turbo engines win the fuel economy match, but Grand Cherokee’s V8 engines output up to three times the power.

Trim Levels

To give their customers as many options as possible, Chevrolet and Jeep have created a number of trim levels for their crossovers. Blazer is available in 6 trim levels, while Grand Cherokee has twice as many.

As listing out every feature is going to be very difficult to track, we’ll focus on giving you the main highlights between comparable trims.

 

Grand Cherokee: 

  • Laredo E:
    3.6L V6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, FWD or AWD.
    ProTech I safety system, AppleCarplay, and Android Auto integration.
  • Laredo X:
    3.6L V6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, FWD or AWD.
    Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch screen, black leather-trimmed heated front seats with perforated suede inserts.
  • Limited:
    3.6L V6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, FWD or AWD.
    Uconnect 4c Nav with 8.4-inch screen, available sunroof, Protech II safety system, and sun&sound package.
  • Limited X:
    3.6L V6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, FWD or AWD.
    Black interior with heritage seats, sun&sound package, sport hood, and 20-inch wheels.
  • Trailhawk:
    3.6L V6 engine or 5.7L V8 engine 8-speed automatic transmission, AWD.
    Rugged exterior accents, Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system, rear electronic limited-slip differential.
  • High Altitude:
    3.6L V6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, FWD or AWD.
    Black Nappa seats, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, Protech II safety system, low gloss granite crystal accents.
  • SRT:
    6.4L V8 SRT HEMI engine, 8-speed automatic, AWD.
    Race-inspired interior, available Brembo high-performance brakes, 20-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels with run-flat tires.
  • Trackhawk:
    6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 SRT engine, 8-speed automatic, AWD.
    Laguna leather-wrapped interior, 20-inch black satin aluminum wheels, launch control, 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds.
Chevy Blazer: 

  • L Trim:
    2.5L engine, 9-speed automatic transmission, FWD. 

18-inch aluminum wheels, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with 8-inch screen.

  • 1LT Trim:
    2.5L engine, 9-speed automatic, FWD.
  • 2LT Trim:
    2.0L turbo engine, available AWD, and 3.6L V6 engine. 

Cloth seating surfaces, standard Chevy safety assist package. 

  • 3LT Trim:

2.0L turbo engine, available AWD, and 3.6L V6 engine. 

Perforated leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, standard Chevy safety assist package.

  • RS Trim:

3.6L V6 engine, available advanced twin-clutch AWD. 

Unique black exterior accents, black perforated leather-appointed seating, and 20-inch wheels.

  • Premier:
    2.0L Turbo engine with available AWD, and 3.6L V6 engine.

Unique chrome exterior accents, perforated leather-appointed seats, and 20-inch wheels.

 

Verdict

Blazer and Grand Cherokee may seem similar at first, as they’re both midsize crossover SUVs, but after reading this article you can see how many differences there are between them.

Both models achieve their intended goal – Blazer is a more sensible SUV with a smaller, more economical engine and a cheaper price tag. Grand Cherokee on the other hand boasts superior performance and luxury, but this does not come for free. Ultimately, the way you want to use your new SUV will determine which model is a better fit for you.