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ctrlbrk 10-20-2011 07:52 PM

Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
I am coming from a Tahoe and would love to hear the feedback of those who have owned both a Tahoe and a new WK2 JGC.

I am coming from a 99 Tahoe, so I know the difference is pretty substantial. But for the longest time I was seriously considering purchasing a new Tahoe. But I finally switched gears towards the JGC, as I find it much more beautiful both inside and out and a good amount less expensive.

If you've owned a Tahoe -- please share :D

Repo503 10-20-2011 10:30 PM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
I have a 2001 Yukon Denali as well as a 2011 Grand Cherokee Overland Hemi.

I like the denalis 6.0 more than the hemi, and I get slightly better fuel economy with it than the grand. Interior space is better in the Yukon, and the windows are bigger so the view out is very good. The denali drives smaller than it is, while the Jeep drives bigger than it is.

I also like the exterior styling of new Tahoes/Yukons then the WK2. I think the new grands styling is just a bit to feminine. Of course thats all subjective.

Besides those issues the Grand has it all over the nearly 6 year old Tahoe design. The new GM trucks interiors are pretty poor and available options dont match up at all. A loaded grand is also about 10k less than a loaded Tahoe.

UNCjeepWK2 10-21-2011 06:40 AM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
Grand Cherokee feels FAR more solid, IMO. I of course own a WK2... but have driven many Tahoes and Denalis. Like most GM products, they just don't feel very solid to me. I much prefer my Grand.

Brady_SS 10-21-2011 08:05 AM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
I traded in an 07 Yukon for my 2012 GC Overland and had an 02 Tahoe before that. Overall, I like my new Grand Cherokee better because of the way it drives. I think the handling is much better and it is a bit more quiet going down the road. Steering is better on the GC, it's tighter and has more weight behind it. GC is easier to park and navigate, as I would expect it to be given the size difference. Ride is similar between the two, the Yukon may have floated a little more.

Rear seat leg room is very close between the two, maybe just a little more width out of the Yukon/Tahoe. Rear cargo space is significantly less in the GC, I haven't missed the extra room from the Yukon yet.

My gas mileage out of the Hemi is almost exactly the same as I was averaging out of the Yukon's 5.3 (about 15 mpg, mostly city). The Hemi has a bit more power, and it's noticeable but not overwhelmingly so.

The interior is far and way a huge improvement over the Yukon's. I didn't have a Denali, but did have a fully loaded SLT. The seats in the GC are more firm, which I like. The quality of the leather is a bit better in my opinion as well. The dash layout, electronics, and features are much better also. The sound system is a huge improvement over the Yukon's Bose system. I love the cooled seats, which I didn't have before.

I miss the larger mirrors from the Yukon but appreciate the blind spot monitoring in the GC. Sometimes I also miss sitting up a little higher as I did in the Yukon.

The Yukon was a very good vehicle, with no major problems to report during the 85,000 miles I owned it. When I traded it in, the cruise control stopped working, but I could have fixed it with a $20 part. I had the brakes done at about 65,000 miles and it needed a battery the year before that.

I happy with my decision so far, even though its only been ~2000 miles since I made the switch.

KuroHouou 10-21-2011 08:52 AM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
On looks alone the GC wins hands down, the Tahoe is such an old looking design. Its overdue for a refresh I think. The GC looks muscular and sleek at the same time. It's one of the best looking SUV's out right now. As for size, it depends on what you want to do with your SUV. If your just people hauling the Jeep I think is better, has a nicer interior and better build quality. Of course you ask the same question in a Chevy fourm and you'll get a completely different answer.

ajs800 10-21-2011 08:55 AM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
I currently have a completely loaded 2007 Tahoe and I am planning on replacing it with a wk2 limited/overland. Ditto with what Brady SS stated...The tahoe has an okay ride, but the wk2 seems more refined and there is no comparison regarding the interior...the tahoe, while it's much nicer then the previous design, it still feels like a truck under all the plastic, there's no real nice style/feel to it. With that said, I have not had any real issues with the Tahoe.

tyresmoker 10-21-2011 11:09 AM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
I rented a brand new Tahoe for a week from Enterprise while travelling a few weeks ago. It was a pretty well equipped LT with leather and a roof. It had the standard wheels and as a result, drove like absolute ass on the highway.
I carefully considered the Denali & Escalade (always felt the Tahoe was underpowered with the 5.3)...and could not justify the price differential when comapring to the Summit.
The Jeep is definitely a smaller vehicle. I am 6'5" and could not drive the GM products with a factory sunroof due to the intrusion of the roof housing/ hardware.
The Jeep has plenty of headroom, equivalent legroom and an overall nice fit.
Agree, the seats are much more firm and will probably not loose their form as quickly either.
The interiors in all three GM competitors are in dire need of an overhaul. Keep in mind, they were scheduled for replacement for 2012 until everything hit the fan in 2008 and the redo got shelved.

ctrlbrk 10-21-2011 05:55 PM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
One thing I like about my older Tahoe is there is no center console in the floor between driver and passenger. Being a bigger guy, 6'1" > 275lb, I often find that my right knee hits that center console in other vehicles making it uncomfortable.

Anyone who shares these feelings care to comment about the JGC, which has that console type thing down there on the floor? Is it in the way?

DaBigBone 10-21-2011 06:03 PM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
My mom has a 2007 Tahoe, and my uncle has a 2011 JGC. I'd take the Tahoe any day over the JGC. More room, more power, more comfortable, and better styling IMO.

But, it does cost more.

Nightwatch 10-21-2011 11:17 PM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
Take your pick, one is a tank and the other isn't.

Even in LTZ trim, Tahoe interior is kind of chintzy (plastic)...Denali is a little better.

Not a fan of column shifters myself.

jeep2011 10-22-2011 05:36 PM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
I had a 2007 Tahoe LTZ. The Jeep hands down is a much better vehicle. The Tahoe outside and inside is so much cheaper looking. My Tahoe had a lot of problems in my book....outside moldings faded and needed repainting, front bumper warped below the headlights, feedback/whining through the audio system, rattles everywhere, wipers jerked in the rain...etc. I was happy to get rid of mine. It did have great interior space, loved the 3 rows of caption chairs, but it lacked in interior storage. The second row cup holders couldn't hold any drinks without dumping its contents when accelerating. It doesn't have no where near the acceleration or power the 5.7Hemi does. The Jeep is a hot rod compared to the tahoe. If I had a large family I would get one again, but the JGC is by far the king between the two.

The tahoe was quieter and does have great resale values compared to Jeep's.

ctrlbrk 10-22-2011 08:43 PM

Re: Tahoe vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
Thanks for the feedback.

Yes, resale value is a bit of a concern, although I do plan to keep the Jeep for at least 5 years. Still, it seems the depreciation is around $100-150/mo, which is more than the Tahoe by my estimates.

It's the first I heard someone say the Tahoe was quieter inside the cabin than the Jeep. Also first I heard someone call a JGC a hot rod, even with the Hemi :)

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