Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk vs. Dodge Durango R/T

July 24th, 2018 by



In a market that is enjoying an SUV boom, we know that it can be hard for consumers to make a decision on which SUV to purchase. Depending on what specific features consumers are looking for, we know that the Dodge Durango R/T and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk are two of the best mid-size SUV models in the market offered with a little edge. Both vehicles share the same “parent company” (if you will), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), and thus, they share many of the same underpinnings, and starting MSRPs within the same realm – $43,595 (plus destination fee) for the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and $43,745 (plus destination fee) for the Durango R/T.


Both SUVs benefit from distinctive exterior designs that pay homage to their classic brand looks, with the Trailhawk donning the classic slotted front-grille, while the Durango adds a little bit of menace with its crosshair grille and Charger-inspired rear LED tail lamps. The interior style of both vehicles has seen a huge overhaul in recent years. The Trailhawk offers a rugged interior to match the off-roading capabilities of the SUV with heated leather seats that feature suede inserts and contrasting red stitching. The Durango, on the other hand, contrasts its aggressive exterior with a sleek interior, offering supple red or black Nappa leather seats with decorative R/T stitching on the heated bucket seats.

The most notable difference between the two vehicles is the available storage space. The Trailhawk offers two rows of seats, with a seating capacity for five passengers, while the Durango R/T can seat up to seven people with its three rows. Behind the Durango’s third-row seats there are 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space, versus the 47.7 cubic feet available once the third-row seats are lowered. The Trailhawk provides 36.3 cubic feet of storage behind the second row or a total of 68.3 cubic feet of storage with the second-row seating folded down.


Both the Durango R/T and the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models include an 8.4-inch touchscreen powered by the Uconnect infotainment system, ready with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities for convenience. Actually, there is one difference – the Uconnect system goes above and beyond in the Trailhawk thanks to the Off-Road Pages feature. Since the Trailhawk is an off-road-ready vehicle, the Off-Road Pages feature provides real-time information on wheel articulation, altitude, transfer case status, as well as Hill Descent control angle and steering angle. Audiophiles will be happy to know that both SUVs have stellar audio systems – the Durango features a nine-speaker Beats Audio system while the Trailhawk features a nine-speaker Alpine audio system.


The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk comes standard with a 295-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Trailhawk has an EPA rating of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The Durango R/T comes standard with a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and eight-speed transmission and rear-wheel drive. This same engine is optional on the Trailhawk for a $3,295 fee. The Durango R/T also finds itself edged out by the Trailhawk in fuel efficiency, with an EPA rating of 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.


It’s not uncommon to think that safety is a primary concern for anyone looking to buy such a full-bodied SUV meant to carry their families. Both the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Durango R/T have the standard driver and passenger front side-impact airbags, frontal airbags, traction control, electronic stability systems mean to prevent skidding, anti-lock brakes, and rearview cameras. Optional features on both SUVs are lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, and rear cross-path warnings.

There are so many shared components between the two models that choosing the best one depends entirely on the consumers’ needs. Whether consumers need maximum cargo space, off-road capability, or additional third-row seating, both the Durango R/T and the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk deliver. Interested in test driving either of these vehicles? Visit us at Driver’s Auto Mart in Davie, FL and take a peek at our inventory. Can’t make it to us right now? Visit our website and check out our entire used car inventory.

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