The midsize SUV is one of the most competitive vehicle segments in the automotive industry today. Rare is the manufacturer that doesn't produce an entrant into this crowded field.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee in Santa Monica helped define the SUV class, and it's been joined over the years by many solid competitors, including the Chevy Traverse. Here's how these two quality, American-made SUVs compare to each other in a number of categories.

Off-Road Capability

SUVs were originally designed to excel where there are no roads. The Jeep legacy is built on off-road capability, and the Grand Cherokee will help you find your next adventure in Santa Monica. All Grand Cherokee models are comfortable going off-road. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk takes off-road performance to the next level. It comes complete with:

  • Red tow hooks: perfect for helping other SUVs when they get stuck.
  • 18-inch all-terrain tires: Aggressive tread for maximum traction.
  • Quadra Drive II 4x4 system with Rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential: Works to give the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk purchase in all conditions, even soft sand.
  • Exclusive interior: Black, leather-trimmed seats means the Trailhawk is aggressive on the inside as well.
  • Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-inch touchscreen: You'll always know where you are, even out in the wilderness!

The Chevy Traverse will hold its own going off-road, but doesn't offer a model built for better off-road performance.

More Engine Options in the Grand Cherokee

Most Traverse models come standard with a very capable V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower, while the sportier RS trim features a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

Santa Monica drivers who value more choices and more power will prefer the Grand Cherokee, which offers four engine selections.

  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V6: The base engine in the Grand Cherokee puts out up to 295 horsepower and can tow up to 6,200 pounds in properly-equipped models.
  • 5.7-liter V8: Bumps up the horsepower (360) and towing capacity (7,200) and has fuel-saver technology that automatically deactivates four cylinders when necessary.
  • 6.4-liter SRT V8: It pairs with an eight-speed transmission with five drive modes for the best off-road performance possible. It has 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
  • Supercharged 6.2-liter V8: Available in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, it offers a whopping 707 horsepower for SUV performance unlike anything you've ever seen!


No matter which Grand Cherokee trim best fits your Santa Monica lifestyle, you'll find quality cabin materials and construction at every turn. Leather seats are standard in every trim except the base Grand Cherokee Laredo.

Beyond that, every Grand Cherokee in Santa Monica is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which integrate your smartphone to the Uconnect infotainment system. You'll be able to place calls and texts, as well as launch important apps with your voice while you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.


Both the Grand Cherokee and Traverse have many modern safety features. More of these features are standard in the Grand Cherokee, including Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection that alert you to vehicles that you might not otherwise see! Also, standard ParkSense Rear Park Assist lets you know if you're too close to objects when backing up at low speeds. Many safety systems on the Traverse come at an additional fee.

The Grand Cherokee is Waiting for You at Santa Monica Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Make the easy drive to Santa Monica Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram when you're ready to see the Grand Cherokee in person. We have dozens to choose from, in a variety of colors and trims, and with competitive financing! Start your Santa Monica adventure in a new Jeep Grand Cherokee!



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