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Looks like a minivan. No thanks and I don't think it is comptetition for the GC.
 

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I believe Grand Cherokee is becoming a dying concept. Most SUVs transitioned into the unibody CUV and in doing so they become as potent off-road as any other awd car and were simply less roomy than a minivan and towed more. Look at at what happened to the Nissan Pathfinder.

I feel that there's nothing in the GM and Ford fleet that competes with a Jeep Grand Cherokee in terms of off-road capabilities. In terms of competing in the same segment, yes, you have the Explorers and the Traverse/Acadias but I doubt people cross-shop them as much as marketing would have us think. Traverse/Acadia and Ford Flex/Explorer are the new minivans. And frankly if I wanted just a larger than Subaru Forester SUV but I cared for nothing but dirt/3 inches of snow twice a year I would be buying a Honda Pilot.

The only equivalent cars to a Jeep GC are offered by Toyota [4Runner, Land Cruiser, Lexus GX460 (known as Toyota Prado elsewhere); LX81530], Nissan (XTerra) and VW (Touareg). And if you are not after true off-road capabilities and just want awd and dirt/snow confidence, while JGC is a great competitor, you will find cheaper, nicer alternatives, perhaps even cheaper from all the manufacturers mentioned here, including Honda and Infiniti.
 

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definitely no comparison. The new Highlander has styling cues from the 2013 Subaru Tribeca. As someone else stated its becoming more of the new "mini-van segment" shame.
 

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Saw it in NY last week. Looks pretty good in person.
Four words: Three rows of seats.
Anyone that has this requirement on their shopping list deletes the GC immediately.
 

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Isn't the 3rd row seat optional so it could be gotten with or without it?
I saw the 2014 highlander and also wasn't impressed.
 

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Highlander and JGC are two different classes of vehicle, IMHO...and my previous ride was a Highlander. Heavier, more powerful, better towing, off-road capability, etc., goes to the JGC. While they both qualify as mid-side SUV types, the Highlander comes from the same platform as the Camry. The platform the JGC is built on is much beefier. It's certainly very comfortable and capable, but nothing close to the JGC. What you want the vehicle to be able to do comes into play with the decision.
 

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The JGC and Highlander are two totally different vehicles aimed at different types of drivers.

People who like the JGC would probably also like:
- Porsche Cayenne
- Toyota 4Runner
- Range Rover (LR3/LR4/Sport)
- VW Touareg

People who like the Toyota Highlander would also probably like:
- Lexus RX
- Ford Explorer
- Mazda CX5/CX7/CX9
- Volvo XC90
- Nissan Murano

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is aimed at more "traditional" SUV buyers who want OFF and ON road ability, coupled with upper scale features. The Highlander is a Softroader/crossover vehicle aimed primarily at Socceer moms.

IMNSHO ;)
 

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Not bad snipe you're really close to what I thought I did consider most of those except for the Four runner. I have a friend who buys those they're durable, decent on road, good off road, but the inside always seems cramped. I also did give the Explorer a couple of chances, but like you said I figured I needed something that can off road a little more without breaking it. Also the sync didn't work great in any I drove, the front wheel drive base, and mini van chassis finished it off for me.
 

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They will definitely be cross shopped...
 

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Not bad snipe you're really close to what I thought I did consider most of those except for the Four runner. I have a friend who buys those they're durable, decent on road, good off road, but the inside always seems cramped. I also did give the Explorer a couple of chances, but like you said I figured I needed something that can off road a little more without breaking it. Also the sync didn't work great in any I drove, the front wheel drive base, and mini van chassis finished it off for me.
I cross shopped the 4runner also. I loved the 2001 limited my parents owned....but toyota seems to have fallen off on keeping up with the technology and value proposition. Minor things like no HIDs on a 45k 4runner...Were enough to turn me away.
 

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They will definitely be cross shopped...
That's a losing comparison for the Jeep for most buyers. The Toyota will have WAY better fuel economy, more room, more historically reliable, better resale values, and of course 3 rows of seats.

People who are interested in GC's offroading won't look at Highlander because it's not capable offroad - it's an on road crossover family hauler type vehicle. But the average buyer also will like the benefits of the Highlander more over the offroad ability of the Jeep. The best thing the Jeep has going for it is the luxuries on the Overland and Summit models that Highlander doesn't offer (but that could be had on RX350... which opens up a whole other can of worms).

Highlander will probably be a strong seller, and give Explorer some real competition in its class. Pilot is due for a redesign soon too, should be interesting to see that one as well.

Chrysler really needs something better in this segment. Journey is nice, but a little cramped and lacking in features. Durango is nice, but a bit heavy and too focused on things not important to most shoppers in this segment. Chrysler really needs a modern version of the Pacifica to bridge the gap, a vehicle that is a FWD/AWD crossover, 3 rows or mostly roomy seats, upscale interior and features, capable of family trips, and maybe improve its image to be little more rugged looking (like Highlander or Pilot - they may not be capable offroad machines, but they don't look totally sissy and wouldn't look odd if they had some kayaks or skis on the roof racks).
 

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The Highlander will be a very strong seller. To me the edge the Jeep has is that it has a solidity and premium quality to it that the Highlander never had (don't know about this new one). To me the biggest drawback of the Highlander was the terrible interior materials (the headliner felt just like one of those cardboard drink trays you get from Mcdonalds)...but I know Toyota is trying to do better in this regard.

I do really think Jeep needs a 3 row vehicle.
 

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highlander and pilot are the biggest sissy lookin' vehicles on the raod....hahahahahahaha

talk about a yuppie granny vehicle....LOL
 

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As a current Highlander owner who is thinking about a new JGC along with some other vehicles here are my thoughts -

The 2014 Highlander grew a bit larger, new tech and materials inside, exterior design that from some angles looks nice but others reminds me of a minivan, ditched the 50/50 AWD for an on demand system that during normal driving will be 100% FWD unless the computers detect a reason to send power the rear wheels. Overall for someone shopping for an SUV/CUV that seats 5 or more and doesn't off road it's in the mix. Having said that I am not interested in it at all once I read the AWD went to on demand instead of full time split. I don't off road but live in a snowy area and find my current Highlander handles the conditions great but having driven three different on demand vehicles for AWD at various times they don't compare in the snow.

The 4runner is a nice vehicle but the JGC just seems a cut above in looks, materials, features. The one thing i'd like to see Jeep do better is quality.
 

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As a current Highlander owner who is thinking about a new JGC along with some other vehicles here are my thoughts -
What is your opinion on the uncomfortable 2nd row (middle stowaway) seat on the Highlander? I find the 3rd row is practically useless that it'd always be folded down to have any storage space. These are the main reasons I am not even considering the Highlander and pretty much going to get a JGC at the end of the summer

We considered the Highlander but found that comfort-wise, it is a 4-passenger CUV which is why my wife ended up with a Subaru Outback.
 

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What is your opinion on the uncomfortable 2nd row (middle stowaway) seat on the Highlander? I find the 3rd row is practically useless that it'd always be folded down to have any storage space. These are the main reasons I am not even considering the Highlander and pretty much going to get a JGC at the end of the summer

We considered the Highlander but found that comfort-wise, it is a 4-passenger CUV which is why my wife ended up with a Subaru Outback.
I never sit back there and in fact have the cupholder/tray in place so have captain chairs in effect. I think it is a bit small and just a bench the folds 40/20/40 would of been better. Third row I never use would prefer cargo space but it is small. I have heard specualtion the 2014 Highlander is going to either come with a true rear bench or captains chairs but not both.

When I looked over a 2013 JGC one thing that I remember was the interior felt smaller and more cramped compared to my Highlander which surprised me given that both vehicles are about the same size exterior wise. Now for appearance and material feel the JGC interior was ahead of the Highlander.
 
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