JEEP® Grand Cherokee L Vs. Dodge Durango Comparison, Differences

Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs. Dodge Durango

If you're looking for a new SUV that seats up to seven passengers and is motivated by a powerful V-6 engine that puts out nearly 300 horsepower, you're undoubtedly trying to decide between the Jeep® Grand Cherokee L vs. Dodge Durango. While, here at South Shore CDJR, we believe you can't go wrong with the new Jeep® Grand Cherokee L or the new Durango SUV, we know you're probably going to have to pick one. So, which one should it be?

In our SUV review and comparison, we'll explore the different pricing options, trim models, performance capabilities and capacities that will have you calling our dealership for Dodge Durango lease deals and Jeep® finance specials.

2021 JEEP® Grand Cherokee L
Starting Price: $37,580 MSRP1
Engine: 3.6L V-6
Horsepower: 290-hp @ 6,400 rpm
0-60: 6.5 seconds
Torque: 257 lb-ft
Cargo Volume: 84.6 cubic feet - 151.9 cubic feet
Towing Capacity: 6,200 lbs.
Payload: 1,614 lbs.
2021 Dodge Durango
Starting Price: $33,877 MSRP1
Engine: 3.6L V-6
Horsepower: 293-hp @ 6,400 rpm
0-60: 7.6 seconds
Torque: 260 lb-ft
Cargo Volume: 43.3 cubic feet - 85.1 cubic feet
Towing Capacity: 6,200 lbs.
Payload: 1,390 lbs.

Grand Cherokee L vs. Durango Pricing

When examining the Jeep® Grand Cherokee L vs. Dodge Durango differences and how these new SUVs for sale compare, let's start with the starting price. The new 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L can be yours at a starting price of $37,580 MSRP,1 while the comparably equipped 2021 Dodge Durango starts at $33,877 MSRP.1

The new 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L for sale arrives in a variety of trim styles and color options to shop and compare:

  • 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Laredo — Starting at $38,635 MSRP1
  • 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Altitude — Starting at $40,195 MSRP1
  • 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Limited — Starting at $46,340 MSRP1
  • 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Overland — Starting at $55,135 MSRP1
  • 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Summit — Starting at $57,585 MSRP1
  • 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve — Starting at $63,635 MSRP1

The Grand Cherokee L lineup is available in several monotone exterior colors, including Silver Zenith, Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat, Velvet Red Pearl-Coat, and Bright White.

The 2021 Dodge Durango is also available in an attractive selection of trim configurations to choose from:

  • 2021 Dodge Durango SXT RWD — Starting at $32,962 MSRP1
  • 2021 Dodge Durango SXT Plus RWD — Starting at $37,352 MSRP1
  • 2021 Dodge Durango GT RWD — Starting at $37,157 MSRP1
  • 2021 Dodge Durango GT Plus RWD — Starting at $41,157 MSRP1
  • 2021 Dodge Durango R/T — Starting at $46,407 MSRP1
  • 2021 Dodge Durango Citadel RWD — Starting at $48,812 MSRP1
  • 2021 Dodge Durango SRT AWD — Starting at $65,357 MSRP1
  • 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat AWD — Starting at $81,390 MSRP1

Now that you know more about the different trims and available colors when comparing Jeep® Grand Cherokee L vs. Dodge Durango SUVs for sale, you're ready to apply for lease deals and finance specials.

Our auto loan team is in-house and on-site, ready to assist you. If you're looking for $0 money down lease specials or ways to lower your monthly car payments, let our team know. We're here to build the custom lease deal you deserve.

Durango vs. Grand Cherokee L Performance

When it comes to Dodge Durango vs. Jeep® Grand Cherokee L, both new SUVs offer plenty of performance. The 2021 Grand Cherokee L is motivated by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine and puts out 290 horsepower, 257 pound-foot of torque, and can tow up to 6,200 pounds.2 The new Grand Cherokee L will also send you from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Climbing into the 2021 Dodge Durango for sale, we find another 3.6-liter V-6, which puts out 293 horsepower, 260 pound-foot of torque, and can also tow up to 6,200 pounds.2 But if you're interested in 0-60 times, we suggest switching gears to the extremely powerful Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat AWD.

Under the hood of the new Durango Hellcat is a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® SRT V-8 engine that puts out a walloping 710 horsepower and 645 pound-foot of torque, and it can tow up to 8,700 pounds2 while also being able to send you from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. We have a feeling that you'll be glad you have the Brembo six-piston high-performance brakes to bring you to a controlled stop.

2021 JEEP® Grand Cherokee L
# of Passengers: Up to 7
Length: 204.9 inches
Width: 77.9 inches
Height: 71.5 inches
Cargo Capacity: 84.6 cu. ft.
Interior Passenger Volume: 152 cu. ft.
2021 Dodge Durango
# of Passengers: Up to 7
Length: 200.1 inches
Width: 75.7 inches
Height: 69.8 inches
Cargo Capacity: 43.3 cu. ft.
Interior Passenger Volume: 106 cu. ft.

Dodge Durango vs. Grand Cherokee L Dimensions

If you are still trying to decide between the Jeep® Grand Cherokee L or Durango, or if you're wanting to compare the Jeep® Grand Cherokee L to the Ford Explorer, it might come down to passenger volume, cargo capacity, and seating.

Is the Dodge Durango bigger than the JEEP® Grand Cherokee L?

Between the Jeep® Grand Cherokee L vs. Dodge Durango, the Durango is smaller. The 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L is a seven-seater SUV that is 204.9 inches long and 77.9 inches wide. It offers a total cargo capacity of 84.6 cubic feet and 152 cubic feet of passenger area. The Durango SUV fits up to seven occupants but is 200.1 inches long and 75.7 inches wide for a cargo area of 43.3 cubic feet and 106 cubic feet of interior passenger volume.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Dodge Durango the same as a JEEP® Grand Cherokee L?

No, the 2021 Dodge Durango and Jeep® Grand Cherokee L are two different SUVs for sale and are manufactured by different companies. Both vehicles offer seven seats, have similar engines, and have comparable horsepower and performance in the base model. While the Grand Cherokee L is slightly more expensive, the Durango and Grand Cherokee L offer the same towing capacity. Still, the Durango is smaller than the Grand Cherokee L and has less cargo area and passenger room.

Is the Grand Cherokee L replacing the Grand Cherokee?

The all-new Jeep® Grand Cherokee L is the new generation of Grand Cherokee and now offers three rows of seating for up to seven passengers instead of two rows with five seats. The Grand Cherokee L is not replacing the Grand Cherokee. It is expanding the lineup. The cabin offers more infotainment technologies while still boasting the same powerful V-6 and V-8 engine options in the Grand Cherokee with two rows.


1MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

2When properly equipped. See dealer for details.

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