2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Chevy Traverse

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Features & Specs
2021 Chevrolet Traverse
36.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Space
23.0 cu. ft.
4-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
7,200 lbs
Maximum Tow Rating
5,000 lbs
Number of Engine Options

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS The Chevrolet Traverse

Sorting through all the full-size SUVs on the market is no easy task. You want to make sure it has ample storage space, a comfortable interior, and a smooth, stable ride! It’s also important that your friends and family are safe and entertained inside. Luckily, we here at Victory DCJR understand the careful thought and consideration that goes into selecting your next SUV, and we’re here to help ease the process. We’ve selected two options, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cheroke and the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, and compared them side-by-side to help you find the best option for your lifestyle. Both contenders offer a host of exciting features, and we’ll be taking an in-depth look at what makes each one unique. Continue reading below to learn which SUV is right for you!

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling

One of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s biggest strengths is its versatility. This is evident in its powertrain offerings, which include 4 distinct options across its seven-trim lineup. In order, the engine options are the 3.6-liter V6 with 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, the 5.7-liter V8 with 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, the 6.4-liter V8 with 470 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, or the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with its unbelievable 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. These options provide a huge variety of power outputs, to accommodate everything from a daily commute, to a long-distance family roadtrip, to the strength and speed comparable to a classic muscle car! The Grand Cherokee also has legendary Jeep off-roading capability, and a best-in-class tow rating of 7,200 pounds when properly equipped.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Power & Handling

Despite being larger in size than the Grand Cherokee and having just as many trim levels, the 2021 Chevy Traverse only offers one powertrain option. The standard engine is the 36-liter V6 paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission offering 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. If you’re keeping score, this falls short of the Grand Cherokee’s maximum output, and results in the Traverse’s lesser towing capacity of just 5,000 pounds. Additionally, the Chevrolet Traverse does not offer a 4-wheel drive option, though all-wheel drive is available for most models. The base trim is only eligible for the standard front-wheel drive, which may result in some difficulty on snow, ice, or mud. The High Country trim tries to account for this shortcoming by adding a dual-clutch transfer system to mitigate instability.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design

Due to its aforementioned versatility, features and design cues vary depending on which trim level you choose; the Laredo and Limited have classic styling, the Trailhawk is athletic and rugged, the Overland and Summit feel sleek and refined, and the SRT and Trackhawk are sporty, and performance-oriented. Some specific offerings include a 7 or 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment touchscreen, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, underbody skid plates, heated leather seats with memory settings, bi-xenon headlights, and 36.3 cubic feet of rear cargo space. The Trackhawk trim has specialized equipment like quad exhaust tips, performance brakes and tires, and sport-tuned suspension. The Trailhawk has its own unique features like all-terrain tires and heavy-duty engine cooling.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Features & Design

The most obvious difference between the Chevy Traverse and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the Traverse’s extra row of seats, offering space for seven passengers versus the Grand Cherokee’s five. However, the extra space can be a pro and a con, as the larger cabin adds excess weight to be felt while driving. Also, the visibility leaves something to be desired, especially out of the rear windows. Drivers may find themselves relying heavily on the Traverse’s blind-spot monitoring feature. Additional features follow along a common theme as you move across the lineup, with fewer specializations among trims than the Grand Cherokee. Some features include automatic headlights, roof rails, an 8-inch touchscreen, onboard Wi-Fi, and available leather interior.


Though both of these full-size SUVs offer many exciting features, we feel that the Jeep Grand Cherokee comes out on top. It’s highly versatile, so it can suit the needs of a wide variety of drivers, and it offers comfort and entertainment features alongside impressive performance and capability. The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available now, and you can view our full selection right here on our website! You can also visit us here at our showroom located in Delmont, PA to tour our entire lot, and see the Grand Cherokee in person. Be sure to speak with our expert staff about setting up a test drive, so you can try out all its amazing features firsthand. Browse online, or give us a call to find your 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee today!