Mainstream SUV

(Towing More Than 4500 Pounds)

Winner : Jeep Grand Cherokee
Runner-Up: Dodge Durango

What can we say? We still love the combination of comfort and luxury and off-road capability that the Grand Cherokee offers. Add a variety of engines (including a diesel!), the easy-to-use four-wheel-drive system, and towing capacity of up to 7400 pounds, and you have a combination that is hard to beat. Want to have an R/T model that tows? There's the Durango, which might be the vehicle that represents the best switch from body-on-frame to unibody.


MAINSTREAM SUV
(TOWING MORE THAN 4500 POUNDS)
Vehicle Chevrolet Traverse/ GMC Acadia Dodge Durango Ford Explorer Hyundai Santa Fe
Base price $31,670/$35,260 $30,790 $30,910 $30,665
Wheelbase 118.9 in 119.8 in 112.6 in 110.2 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.3L DOHC V-6
Opt engine None 5.7L V-8 $7015 2.0LT $995, 3.5LT $11,680 None
Power, SAE 281-288 hp 290-295 hp (360) 290 hp (240, 365) 290 hp
Torque, SAE 266-270 lb-ft 260 lb-ft (390) 255 lb-ft (270, 350) 252 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, rear, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 265/60R18 245/65R17 235/60R18
Fuel cap 22.0 gal 24.6 gal 18.6 gal 18.8 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg 17-18/24-25 mpg (14/22-23) 16-18/22-25 mpg (20/28) 18/24-25 mpg
Seating cap 8 7 7 7
Curb weight 4713 lb 4756 lb 4448 lb 3933 lb
Max GVWR 6459 lb 7100 lb 6100 lb 5622 lb
Cargo cap 116.4 cu ft 84.5 cu ft 80.7 cu ft 80.0 cu ft
Towing cap 5200 lb 7400 lb 5000 lb 5000 lb
Vehicle Jeep Grand Cherokee Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Xterra Toyota 4Runner
Base price $29,990 $29,810 $23,970 $33,680
Wheelbase 114.8 in 112.2 in 106.3 in 109.8 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6
Opt engine 5.7L $1695, 3.0L TD $4500, 6.4L $30,900 2.5L hyb $6475 None None
Power, SAE 290 hp (360, 240, 470) 260 hp (250) 261 hp 270 hp
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft (390, 420, 465) 240 lb-ft (243) 281 lb-ft 278 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 235/65R18 265/70R16 265/70R17
Fuel cap 24.6 gal 19.5 gal 21.1 gal 23.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16-17/23 mpg (13-14/20, 21-22/28-30, 12/18) 19-20/25-26 mpg (25-27/28) 15-16/20 mpg 17/21 mpg
Seating cap 5 7 5 5 (7)
Curb weight 4545 lb 4167 lb 4148 lb 4400 lb
Max GVWR 6800 lb 5986 lb 5399 lb 6300 lb
Cargo cap 68.7 cu ft 79.8 cu ft 65.7 cu ft 89.7 cu ft
Towing cap 7400 lb 5000 lb 5200 lb 5000 lb
Vehicle Toyota FJ Cruiser Toyota Highlander
Base price $27,990 $30,075    
Wheelbase 105.9 in 109.8 in    
Engine 4.0L DOHC V-6 2.7L DOHC I-4    
Opt engine None 3.5L V-6 $1375, 3.3L H $11,300    
Power, SAE 260 hp 187 hp (270, 280)    
Torque, SAE 271 lb-ft 186 lb-ft (248, 215)    
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee    
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS    
Tires 265/70R17 245/65R17    
Fuel cap 19.0 gal 19.2 gal (17.2)    
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15-17/18-20 mpg 18/24 mpg (17/22, 28/28)    
Seating cap 5 7    
Curb weight 4050 lb 4134 lb    
Max GVWR 5570 lb 6000 lb    
Cargo cap 66.8 cu ft 83.7 cu ft    
Towing cap 4700 lb 5000 lb