2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Honda Pilot


Although minivans can still be seen on the roads of the Detroit, New Baltimore, and Richmond, the full-size SUV has taken over the hearts of large vehicle drivers in the area. Full-size SUVs offer a superior drive experience, plenty of room for hauling gear, and all the comfort you can shake a stick at.

For a long time, Jeep has been the top dog in the SUV sector, due largely to its flagship Grand Cherokee. Honda, however, also has a solid entry with the 2018 Pilot. The question is, which one makes for the better all-around sport utility vehicle? Read ahead to learn how these two stack up against each other when it comes to performance, capability, and more!

Grand Cherokee vs Pilot: Overview

Let’s start by looking at what kind of new and exciting features you can expect from the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2018 Honda Pilot.

Jeep is always looking to bring something new and improved to the table. This year, the Jeep adds a new engine to the Grand Cherokee’s powertrain lineup. This available Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8 engine delivers an astounding 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available on the new Trackhawk trim level, which was designed with pavement-to-pebble driving in mind.

As for the Pilot, you won’t see much newness. The Pilot is the same SUV that Honda offered in 2017, top to bottom, inside and out.

Grand Cherokee vs Pilot: Performance

When it comes to performance, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has the advantage across the board. The base engine for this model is a 3.6L V6 engine which generates 295 horsepower as opposed to the 280 horsepower of the Pilot’s slightly smaller 3.5L V6 engine. Incidentally, that’s the sole available engine in the new Pilot so you’ll max out on power just under the Grand Cherokee’s lowest available power output.

The Grand Cherokee gives you a range of other engines in addition to the Trackhawk’s 6.2L V8 engine. This includes a 5.7L V8 that gets 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque as well as the SRT trim level’s 6.4L V8 engine which puts out an impressive 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

Additionally, you can put this power to good use in the Grand Cherokee. When properly equipped, this vehicle can tow a whopping 7,400 pounds of maximum trailer weight. The Pilot, on the other hand, can only handle a maximum of 5,000 pounds.

Grand Cherokee vs Pilot: Off-Road Capability

Off-roading capabilities matter in an SUV. That’s why the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers best-in-class performance with its Trailhawk trim level. This vehicle is Trail Rated® tough meaning it’s designed to handle whatever terrain and weather you throw out it.

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is armed with unique equipment made specifically for pushing the off-roading boundaries. This includes the special low-range Quadra-Drive® II true four-wheel drive, the Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension, electronic limited-slip rear differential, and special underbody armor skid plates to protect your undercarriage, engine, and gas tank.

Unfortunately, the 2018 Honda Pilot doesn’t offer any of these features. While the Pilot is an SUV, it simply can’t handle what the Grand Cherokee can.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Honda Pilot: The Verdict

If you’re in the New Baltimore, Richmond, or Detroit area and you’d like to see for yourself what the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee can do, give us a call! Dick Huvaere’s CDJR has them in stock and we’d be thrilled to introduce you to the Grand Cherokee’s many other impressive features.