2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Honda Pilot

Not only do SUVs offer versatility, utility and comfort, but they come in a wide range of styles and performance capabilities that offer something for every driver, too. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Honda Pilot are two of the most popular vehicles in that class because they offer all the capabilities of SUVs, but also have some customization options to tailor them to anyone’s driving needs.Grand Cherokee

For drivers in Richmond, New Baltimore, and the Detroit area, Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has placed these two vehicles side by side so you can compare the differences between the two, and decide which is the best option for you. Read more about the key differences between the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2017 Honda Pilot then contact us to test drive the winning vehicle.


The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers five trim levels, four of which are equipped with a 3.6L V6 that produces 290 horsepower. The SRT trim level is the performance option, which includes a Hemi V8 that produces 360 horsepower.

The Honda Pilot has a V6 engine that produces 250 horsepower, paired with a 5-speed transmission, for all its trim levels. It also uses the VTM-4 lock system for the driver to manually lock the rear differential.

Not only does the Pilot offer only one engine option across trims, but it doesn’t offer the maneuverability or surefootedness to be suitable for the rapidly-changing terrain, slippery surfaces, or steep grades of off-roading. The Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, is designed for off-roading, and includes an air suspension, electronic limited-slip rear differential, and optional four-wheel drive systems with low-range gearing to take on the toughest terrain and driving conditions with ease.

For more information on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, read our full-vehicle review.

Design and Features

The Grand Cherokee offers a great base model, with high-quality materials, keyless entry, a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth® connectivity, and the intuitive Uconnect® infotainment system. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are also standard. To customize the Grand Cherokee further, standalone options and many specialized equipment packages are also available.

The Pilot offers five trim levels, with standard features like a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a USB port. Driver assistance and other packages are available, but only for the higher trim levels. There aren’t any standalone options either.

The Grand Cherokee has nearly limitless combinations to ensure you get the features you want, without moving up trim levels or adding the features you don’t want or need. The Pilot can’t claim the same versatility.

Test Drive the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee at Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

To accommodate the basic needs of an SUV driver, like cargo and some confidence in inclement weather, the Honda Pilot is an excellent vehicle. For those in the market for a vehicle with true utility and sport capabilities, the Pilot is no match for the Grand Cherokee’s tech, versatility, and off-road prowess.

Drivers in Richmond, New Baltimore, and the Detroit area can experience the differences for themselves by visiting Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to schedule a test drive of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Visit us today!