The SUV market is hyper hot with busy families flocking to these versatile vehicles because they can perform a variety of useful tasks. From taking the kids to soccer practice to a fun-filled backroads vacation, today’s SUV is the “Swiss Army Knife” of automobiles. After all, that’s why the word “utility” features prominently in its name.

Two of the best SUVs out there are the newly redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. So if you’re in the market for new SUVs for sale near Phoenix, which of these capable and good-looking SUVs should you choose?

Let’s take a closer look and see how the new 2016 Honda Pilot LX for sale near Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers and the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee stack up against one another.

Pilot Gets Sleek New Sheetmetal.

Honda completely redesigned the Pilot in 2016, giving its flagship SUV a svelte and aerodynamic new body that is fluid, modern, and contemporary. Design highlights include a bold new chrome grille, eye-catching new projector-beam headlights, muscular wheel arches, and a distinctive crease that flows upward through the chrome door handles toward the more angular “C” pillar. The rear of the Pilot features new oversized LED taillights with a distinctive design that straddles the rear tailgate, carving into the rear quarter panel. The overall appearance is fresh, handsome, and sporty.

On the other hand, the 2016 Grand Cherokee recently went through its own design refresh and now features razor-thin, wedge-shaped daytime running lights up front, a hefty rear end with thin taillights, and a pronounced bulge just below where the taillights cut into the rear tailgate.

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Pilot Offers Roomier Interior.

On the inside, both the Honda Pilot and Grand Cherokee offer plenty of luxury, technology, convenience features, and spacious cargo capacity. However, it’s here where the Pilot really pulls away from the Cherokee in terms of styling, passenger volume, and cargo capacity. In fact, the Pilot aces out the Cherokee with 83.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume versus just 68.3 cubic feet for the Grand Cherokee. The Pilot continues its dominance with a cavernous 152.9 cubic feet of total passenger volume compared to the Cherokee’s puny 105.4 cubic feet. Those are big numbers that prove the 8-passenger Pilot offers significantly more interior room and people-carrying capabilities than its smaller, 5-passenger rival.

Plus, the Pilot continues to pummel Jeep’s Grand Cherokee with such convenient features as front seats with standard height adjustment and a standard rear backup camera with guidelines. Both of these features are optional on the Grand Cherokee. Tsk. Tsk.

Pilot Has More Horsepower.

Turning our attention to performance, we find that the Pilot and Grand Cherokee are relatively evenly matched. However, the Pilot pulls ahead of the Grand Cherokee in a couple of significant areas. The Honda Pilot gets its motivation from a 3.5-liter Earth Dreams iVTEC® direct-injection V6 engine that pumps out an authoritative 280 horsepower. By comparison, the Cherokee’s 3.2-liter Pentastar® V6 engine only develops just 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque. It also helps that the Pilot is about 400 pounds lighter than the Cherokee, which adds up better fuel economy numbers.

Advanced Safety Features A Plus

Finally, we examine and compare the safety features of both vehicles. The Pilot features its ACE™ Body Structure that cocoons passengers in a tough cage that helps to absorb frontal impact. Additionally, the 2016 Honda Pilot also offers Honda’s advanced available suite of cutting-edge safety technologies. Honda Sensing™ consists of Road Departure Mitigation, Lane-Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Collision Mitigation System.

While the Cherokee offers a similar complement of safety technologies, it nonetheless falls short regarding safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which give the Grand Cherokee 3 stars for rollover safety and an overall rating of 4 stars. Compare this to the Pilot, which gets 4 and 5 stars in these respective categories. Plus, the Pilot is an IIHS 2016 Top Safety Pick+.

Pilot Gets Top Awards

Speaking of awards, the 2016 Pilot also garners a thumbs up from Kelly Blue Book, which rates the Pilot as it “Best Buy of the Year.” Additionally, KBB.com rates Honda as its 2016 Best Brand. That’s not surprising, considering Honda’s legendary reliability. According to surveys conducted by the automotive research firm IHS-Polk, 78% of all Hondas built in the past 25 years are still on the road today. And that’s a figure few automakers, including Jeep, can match.

Choose A Winner. Choose Honda.

When you add it all up, the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot from your Valley Honda Dealers simply outdoes the 2016 Grand Cherokee when it comes to more room, more cargo capacity, more passenger seating, more performance, improved fuel economy, advanced safety features, and fresh new styling.

Why not find out for yourself what makes the Honda Pilot such a great value and an excellent choice compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee by taking one for a test drive at one of our conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers near Phoenix? We’re sure you’ll agree that it’s miles ahead of the competition.

With 9 Honda new car dealerships in Phoenix and one in Prescott, there’s a Valley Honda Dealer conveniently located near you. Stop by today for the best prices and best selection on new 2016 Hondas for sale near Phoenix, with special Honda factory incentives and year-end model closeouts.

Sources:

https://automobiles.honda.com/pilot

https://www.jeep.com/en/cherokee/safety-security/

https://www.thecarconnection.com/car-compare-results/honda_pilot_2016-vs-jeep_grand-cherokee_2016