Looking from the outside, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Dodge Ram 1500 Rebel seem like completely opposite vehicles. The Ram 1500 Rebel is a light-duty 4×4 pickup truck with bold exterior decals, and the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is a full-size 4×4 SUV with rugged yet refined features. But by taking a closer look, both vehicles are actually off-road vehicles that make each vehicle seem more like friendly competitors that can fulfill the different needs of consumers rather than vehicles both fighting for the same buyers.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Ram 1500 Rebel both come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s engine has Electric Start-Stop (ESS) (a feature that helps conserve fuel). Both models are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission and they produce an impressive about of power. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk delivers 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the Ram 1500 Rebel produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The 3.6L engine gives the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds and the Ram 1500 Rebel a towing capacity of 7,600 pounds.
Both models are also available with an upgraded 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. This engine increases power and towing capacities of both trucks. The 5.7L provides the Ram 1500 Rebel with 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque and it provides the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk with 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The 5.7L engine boosts the maximum towing capacity of the Ram 1500 Rebel to 10,650 pounds and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk to 7,200 pounds..
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Ram 1500 Rebel do well on fuel economy when equipped with the 3.6L engine, but the Jeep Trailhawk performs a little better thanks to the engine’s ESS feature. The fuel economy of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway and the fuel economy of the Ram Rebel is 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Seating and Cargo Capacity
As previously mentioned, the exterior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is completely different than the exterior of the Ram 1500 Rebel. Surprisingly enough, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Ram Rebel both offer a five passenger seating capacity, but the Ram 1500 Rebel offers more cargo space. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk offers a max cargo volume of 68.3 cubic feet, which is a great amount of space, but due to the Ram 1500 Rebel’s 5’7” truck bed, consumers have the ability to utilize more cargo space and can transport larger objects without having to second-guess if it will all fit inside.
However, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk comes standard with leather and suede seats and the Ram 1500 Rebel comes standard with premium cloth seats with an embossed tread pattern, and consumers have the option to upgrade the 1500 Rebel with leather-trimmed bucket seats with Rebel logo stitching.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Ram 1500 Rebel offer their own set of standard interior convenience features. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk comes standard with active noise control, auto-dimming rear view mirror (not offered in the Ram 1500 Rebel), cargo trim panel with storage net, memory driver seat, mirror and radio plus steering wheel mounted audio controls and mounted shift levers. The Ram 1500 Rebel features driver and passenger assist handles, electronic vehicle information center, rear view day and night mirrors, in-floor storage bins located in the second row plus temperature and compass gauge.
Both vehicles are off-road vehicles, and they both offer wheels that provide a great off-roading experience for anyone. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is equipped with 18-inch off-road aluminum wheels and all terrain tires and the Ram 1500 Rebel has 17-inch standard aluminum wheels with a matte black pockets and all terrain tires. The 1500 Rebel is also available with optional 17-inch matte black aluminum wheels. For extra clearance and coverage, black wheel flares are also offered standard.
For added convenience, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is standard equipped with exterior mirrors with memory and turn signals, integrated liftgate rear spoiler, ParkSense rear park assist with stop, power folding mirrors, and a power liftgate. Standard convenience features on the Ram Rebel include, exterior mirrors with heating element, fixed long mast antenna, humidity sensor, and manual fold-away power heated mirrors.
Both models have exceptional towing capabilities but of course, the Ram 1500 Rebel wins with a maximum towing capacity of 10,140 pounds, plus a standard 7 pin wiring harness, tow hooks, trailer tows with 4-pin connector wiring and Class IV receiver hitch. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is best known for its off-roading 4×4 capabilities, so of course it’s fully equipped with everything drivers would need for any off-road adventure. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk offers a heavy duty off-road system – Jeep Quadra-Drive II 4×4 System with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD). Ideal for all weather conditions, a Quadra-Lift Air Suspension is also included which allows drivers to raise the Trailhawk for added off-roading capabilities. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk also has a maximum towing capacity of 7,200 pounds plus three angles of ground clearance – 26.2 degree approach angle, 25.7 breakover angle and a 24 degree departure angle.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Ram 1500 Rebel offer much of the same standard infotainment features. Both share a one-year SiriusXM subscription and an 8.4-inch touchscreen display plus Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto Capabilities, HD radio, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, Uconnect 4C and two media hubs throughout the interior cabin. However, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s Uconnect 4C includes Navigation, which is optional on the Ram Rebel. The Trailhawk also have nine amplified speakers with subwoofer and a five-year SiriusXM subscription – both are optional features on the Ram Rebel.
Come test drive the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk or the 2018 Ram 1500 Rebel at Miami Lakes Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram located in Miami Lakes, FL. You can also visit our website to see our entire 2018 vehicle inventory.