If you’ve ever looked out your car window, saw a Jeep and wondered to yourself: “Was that a Jeep Cherokee or a Jeep Grand Cherokee?” this post is for you. First off, if you know the approximate size of each, the difference is obvious, the Grand Cherokee is larger than the regular Cherokee. The 2020 model years for both still look similar but read on below to learn to spot the key differences.
For the 2020 models, a quick way to tell them apart is to look at the wheel wells and along the bottom of the doors of each. The 2020 Jeep Cherokee has a black border that goes around the wheel wells and along the bottoms of each door making it look more like early 2000s to 2010s SUVs. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee sends the body color all the way down to the bottom of the vehicle for a more modern look.
Look for the signature seven slot Jeep Grille. Does the grille curve back about halfway up toward the hood? If it does, you’re looking at the Jeep Cherokee. If the grille is simply slanted but not curved or bent, that’s a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2020 Jeep Cherokee
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
If all you can see is the side of each vehicle, look at the back window. The third window on each side is small and tapered down to be shorter and less wide than the others on the Jeep Cherokee. A full-size square third side window is a telltale sign of the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee.