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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
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.
18-inch aluminum wheels, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with 8-inch screen.
Cloth seating surfaces, standard Chevy safety assist package.
2.0L turbo engine, available AWD, and 3.6L V6 engine.
Perforated leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, standard Chevy safety assist package.
3.6L V6 engine, available advanced twin-clutch AWD.
Unique black exterior accents, black perforated leather-appointed seating, and 20-inch wheels.
Unique chrome exterior accents, perforated leather-appointed seats, and 20-inch wheels.
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.