Some of best-selling cars in the U.S. include sport-utility vehicles, and with good reason. Their changing needs of their customer base caused automakers to constantly adapt and innovate in order to satisfy those needs, which led to some impressive designs and features.

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2018 Honda Pilot are two examples. The Pilot may have a band of loyal followers and some unique innovations, but can it measure up to the original sport utility heritage of the Jeep Grand Cherokee? 

We've put together this Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Honda Pilot comparison so you can learn about the key differences between each model. Continue reading to learn more.


Four of the Jeep Grand Cherokee's five available models come equipped with a 290-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine that distributes power to either the two rear wheels or all four wheels with its 8-speed transmission for superior handling. The final option is the performance-based, 360-horsepower Hemi V-8-powered SRT that's ready to take on a challenge. The Grand Cherokee's smaller turning radius also allows you maneuver in and out of tight spot much more easier, which is helpful around town and off-road.

By comparison, the Honda Pilot uses a 250-horsepower V-6 engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission for all its trim levels. The VTM-4 Lock system allows the driver to manually lock the rear differential for poor surface conditions as well. While this may be impressive for basic sport-utility needs, it's not enough to overtake the off-road performance or hauling capabilities of the trusted Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Design and Features

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has virtually limitless customization options. Each trim level is well-equipped, including high-quality materials and technology. The base trim, Laredo, offers fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, and dual-zone climate control. The Uconnect touchscreen, Bluetooth audio, USB port, and six-speaker sound system round out the standard technology offerings, and safety features like rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are also standard. In addition, the Grand Cherokee offers plenty of equipment packages and standalone features for even more options. 

The Pilot offers five trim levels as well, but it doesn't offer nearly as many customization options. Unlike the Jeep Grand Cherokee, there are no standalone features. In order to receive certain individual features, you have to purchase the higher trim level. Air-conditioning, Bluetooth audio, and a USB port are about the extent of the base model's standard features, and driver assistance features are only available through the Honda Sensing package for higher-level trims.

Test Drive the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee at Kelly Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram

Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Honda Pilot are capable SUVs, but the Pilot's limited customization options and off-road capabilities are no match for the Grand Cherokee's versatility and performance. Stop by Kelly Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram or contact us online to schedule your 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee test drive and see for yourself!

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