2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Features & Specs
2021 Chevrolet Traverse
39.4 in.
Rear Leg Room
38.4 in.
4-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
7,200 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity
5,000 lbs
All Trim Levels
Standard Safety Features
Upper Trim Levels

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Chevrolet Traverse

Whether you've had to go through the car-buying process multiple times, or you're purchasing the first car for yourself or a family member, there's no doubt you've experienced the overwhelming amount of options available for purchase. In a competitive market of 3-row SUVs, it can be difficult to tell which model best suits your unique needs. Here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Plymouth, we want to give you some quick and easy-to-read facts about two top competitors, and help take the guesswork out of buying your new SUV! Today, we'll be comparing the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the 2021 Chevy Traverse. Both of these models have a lot of exciting features, but we want to know which one comes out on top. Continue reading below to find out more!

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Power & Handling

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is highly versatile in the sense that it can offer both smooth and luxurious handling on paved roads, and then move seamlessly into exploring off-road trails. The Overland trim level is the most adept at this, featuring the Quadra-Trac II 4X4 system, Selec-Terrain Traction Management with hill-descent control, and standard Quadra-Lift Air Suspension. However, all Grand Cherokee L models are eligible for 4-wheel drive using the Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II transfer cases. The Limited trim also features standard Selec-Terrain, so you can drive over slippery and uneven surfaces with confidence. There are two engine options available, a V6 and a V8, with 6,200 and 7,200-pound towing capacities, respectively. The Grand Cherokee L can also handle up to 24 inches of water fording thanks to its 10.9-inch maximum ground clearance.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Power & Handling

The 2021 Chevy Traverse features seven trim levels, yet only provides one engine for the whole lineup. This engine is the 3.6-liter V6 paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, and the total output is rated at 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Due to the lower torque output, as well as the absence of a 4-wheel drive option, the Chevy Traverse's maximum towing capacity falls short of the Grand Cherokee L's, coming in at just 5,000 pounds. Also, in an effort to conserve energy, the engine features an idle stop and start feature which will cut the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. While the intentions here are well-meaning, the system cannot be disabled like it can be on some competitors, which may become challenging if the vehicle has to be constantly restarted at stoplights or in heavy traffic.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Features & Design

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L represents a new design aesthetic for the heritage brand. This is one of the first of many updated and modern Jeep vehicles that have an elevated and luxurious look and feel. The exterior features full LED lighting, an updated front grille design, and an available gloss black roof. Inside, upper trims will feature Capri and Nappa leather-trimmed seats, real walnut wood accents, and stunning new technology including a 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen. The Grand Cherokee L's standard safety package also includes features like LaneSense lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and automatic emergency braking.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Features & Design

The 2021 Chevy Traverse has a slightly less distinctive appearance than the Grand Cherokee L, but it still offers a practical and functional design that offers seating for up to eight passengers. Models feature either cloth or leather upholstery depending on the trim level you choose, as well as features like tri-zone automatic climate control, and smartphone integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the Chevy Traverse's safety package feels a bit light, with features like automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning only available if you climb the list of trim levels, or purchase them separately as part of an add-on package. Features like heated seats, a power liftgate, and a larger 8-inch touchscreen are also available as part of the available Convenience package.


After taking a closer look at these options side by side, we feel that the best option is clear. Though the 2021 Chevy Traverse is a strong competitor, it's no match for all the incredible features found on the new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L! This new SUV has already made a name for itself, and it's easy to see why. Its impressive offerings make it stand out from the competition in every category whether it's safety, capability, or technology. To find new Jeep Grand Cherokee L inventory, simply click on the New Inventory tab here on our website. You can also call or visit us at our showroom conveniently located in Plymouth, Michigan. Our knowledgeable staff is on hand to answer any of your questions, so don't delay! Contact us here at Dick Scott CDJR of Plymouth!

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