Son's Automotive Group Compares 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2014 Honda Pilot Near Norcross, GA

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2014 Honda Pilot

Safety Comparison

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) offers optional Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Pilot doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Grand Cherokee’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Pilot doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Pilot doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Pilot doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Grand Cherokee offers optional Uconnect Access, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Pilot doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the Pilot have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is safer than the Honda Pilot:

Grand Cherokee

Pilot

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

107

156

Neck Injury Risk

24%

30%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

259 lbs.

Neck Compression

33 lbs.

56 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

321/349 lbs.

580/751 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

242

320

Neck Injury Risk

23%

40%

Neck Stress

84 lbs.

138 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

340/145 lbs.

835/749 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is safer than the Honda Pilot:

Grand Cherokee

Pilot

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

59

61

Hip Force

215 lbs.

342 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

612 lbs.

1037 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

21 inches

HIC

182

585

Spine Acceleration

28 G’s

60 G’s

Hip Force

609 lbs.

664 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a better fatality history. The Grand Cherokee was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 9% lower per vehicle registered than the Pilot, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The Grand Cherokee comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 100,000 miles. Jeep will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Pilot.

Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Pilot. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Pilot ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Grand Cherokee’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Pilot’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Pilot’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Grand Cherokee has a standard 750-amp battery. The Pilot’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 40 more horsepower (290 vs. 250) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 253) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 110 more horsepower (360 vs. 250) and 137 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 253) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 167 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 253) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Grand Cherokee is faster than the Honda Pilot:

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8

Pilot

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

n/a

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

6.6 sec

9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6 sec

n/a

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

14.9 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.3 MPH

92.8 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Grand Cherokee Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Pilot:

Grand Cherokee

Pilot

2WD

Auto

22 city/30 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

AWD

Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

The Grand Cherokee has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pilot (24.6 vs. 21 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Pilot doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Grand Cherokee’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Pilot are solid, not vented.

The Grand Cherokee stops much shorter than the Pilot:

Grand Cherokee

Pilot

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

198 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Grand Cherokee has larger standard tires than the Pilot (245/70R17 vs. 235/65R17). The Grand Cherokee’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Pilot (265/50R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Grand Cherokee’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Grand Cherokee offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Pilot’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Grand Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Pilot, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Grand Cherokee offers an optional automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Grand Cherokee’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Pilot doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the Pilot (114.8 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Pilot’s (37.1 feet vs. 37.9 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Pilot (8.6 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Grand Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Grand Cherokee Quadra-Lift’s minimum ground clearance is 3.3 inches higher than on the Pilot (11.3 vs. 8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 is quieter than the Pilot EX-L 4WD:

Grand Cherokee

Pilot

Full-Throttle

70 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

74 dB

Ergonomics Comparison

The Grand Cherokee offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Pilot doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Pilot doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Grand Cherokee’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Pilot does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Grand Cherokee and the Pilot have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Grand Cherokee is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Pilot prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Keyless Enter-N-Go standard on the Grand Cherokee allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda Pilot doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Grand Cherokee’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Pilot’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Grand Cherokee has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Pilot only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Grand Cherokee Summit has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Pilot doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Pilot has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Pilot doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Grand Cherokee Summit has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Pilot doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Grand Cherokee’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Pilot EX 4WD/EX-L 4WD/Touring 4WD.

When the Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland/Overland Summit is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Pilot’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Grand Cherokee offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Pilot offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the Pilot offer available heated front seats. The Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland/Summit also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Pilot.

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Pilot doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Pilot LX doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) offers an optional Adaptive Speed Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Pilot doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Grand Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Pilot because typical repairs cost much less on the Grand Cherokee than the Pilot, including $272 less for a water pump and $64 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Jeep Grand Cherokee as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 888, Strategic Vision rated the Jeep Grand Cherokee 19 points higher than the Honda Pilot for 2012. The Grand Cherokee is ranked first in its class and received the 2012 “Total Quality Award.”

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Honda Pilot by 38% during 2013.

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