2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Chevy Traverse Cleveland OH


2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2018 Chevy Traverse


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Features & Specs

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Chevy Traverse

Cargo space

36.3 cu. ft.

23.0 cu. ft.

Drivetrain

Rear-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Wheel type

Alloy

Painted alloy

Parking assistance

Standard

Available

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Chevy Traverse near Cleveland, OH

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2018 Chevy Traverse are a part of the midsize SUV segment. This segment is loaded with competition, and the 2018 model year is ramping things up with some new additions! The Grand Cherokee is offering an entirely new trim level, the supercharged V8 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. This Grand Cherokee was made with power and performance in mind, and that can be seen with the 707 horsepower you'll get while driving this expertly crafted machine. The Traverse was redesigned for the new model year, and was forced to lose weight and add power in order to better compete with the Grand Cherokee. Jeep is giving you the midsize SUV you know and love, without any major differences from past years, and with an additional, and powerful, trim level.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling

There are a staggering five different engine options available with the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. From the standard 3.6-liter V6 to the Trackhawk's 6.2-liter supercharged V8, there is an engine option for every person and every need. The peppy V6 engine can produce 295 horsepower and runs with rear-wheel drive or the optional four-wheel drive. The 5.7-liter V8 engine creates 360 horsepower and comes standard with four-wheel drive. For those interested in diesel, there is also a 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine option that can produce 240 horsepower! The engines that are dedicated to giving you that extra push is the 6.4-liter V8 and the supercharged 6.2-liter V8. The first engine gives you 475 horsepower and the Trackhawk engine produces 707 horsepower. The impressive towing capacity of the 2018 Grand Cherokee is 7,400 pounds.

2018 Chevy Traverse Power & Handling

There is only one engine available with the Traverse until the RS debuts. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6, which can create 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. This engine works with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Paired with the drivetrain is a nine-speed automatic transmission. The RS engine is the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, which generates 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It will also come with the nine-speed automatic transmission. There are no power and performance focused powertrains, and with only two engine options, neither of them being diesel, the options are definitely limited.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design

The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with seven different and unique trim levels. The features included with these trims and premium, and even the base Laredo comes standard with features like heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio, 17-inch wheels, two USB ports, a rearview camera, and keyless ignition and entry. The trim that truly shows off the luxury of the Grand Cherokee is the Summit, which gives you features like a self-parking system, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, upgraded leather upholstery with diamond-quilted accents, front parking sensors, and active noise-canceling technology. The performance-heavy Trackhawk gives you aggressive bodywork, high-performance tires, lightweight 20-inch wheels, and Brembo brakes.

2018 Chevy Traverse Features & Design

The Chevy Traverse comes with seven trim levels. One of these trims is just a build-to-order trim, and you will not find this option on a dealers lot, making it just six trims that you'll see at dealerships. The base trim, LS, comes with cloth upholstery, a 7-inch MyLink touchscreen, USB charging ports, and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel. Higher trim levels come with package options that keep some key features off of the regular trim, especially with things like forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitoring. You can still find these options are the highest trim levels, but when it comes to the mid-range options, you may want to stick with the base LS trim, or the High Country.

Conclusions

The 2018 Chevy Traverse falls flat with only two engines available, and neither of them expand from the regular gasoline range. This midsize SUV also boasts having seven trim levels, but only six of these trim levels can be found at dealerships, with the seventh being a build-to-order option. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee gives you five engine options, seven trim levels, and the off-roading prowess that comes with being a Jeep. It's hard to argue that any midsize SUV could beat the Grand Cherokee, let alone the lackluster Traverse.

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