2011 Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
vs. 2011 Nissan
Xterra X

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

9.9

starting from

$33,040
"Plush ride."
caranddriver.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's ride quality
"Up-trimmed wagon that is equally ready for the mall or an off-road maelstrom."
caranddriver.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's external styling

Reasons to buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

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Bigger towing weight
1840 lb
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
2011 Nissan Xterra X

8.8

Runner-up

Nissan Xterra X

starting from

$25,070

Reasons to buy the Nissan Xterra X

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Fast 0-60 time
7.7 seconds
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Very inexpensive
$25,070
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Average-sized front seats
57.1 ft3
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
16.2 s @ 87 mph
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.1
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Winner: Grand Cherokee Laredo
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  • The Grand Cherokee Laredo's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Grand Cherokee Laredo; but it's not available at all on the Xterra X
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Winner: Grand Cherokee Laredo
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Grand Cherokee Laredo's power seats; not available on the Xterra X
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Grand Cherokee Laredo
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Winner: Grand Cherokee Laredo
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  • The Grand Cherokee Laredo offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Xterra X
  • The Grand Cherokee Laredo can carry more than 2x more weight, 1840 lb vs 881 lb
  • Almost the same, 68.7 ft3 vs 65.7 ft3
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Xterra X Winner: Xterra X
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  • The best price we've seen is $7,970 cheaper (more than 20% less), $25,070 vs $33,040
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 8.8

Entertainment System

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Nissan Xterra X Nissan
Xterra X
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Grand Cherokee Laredo can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Grand Cherokee Laredo; but it's not available at all on the Xterra X

Luxury Features

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Nissan Xterra X Nissan
Xterra X
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Grand Cherokee Laredo's power seats; not available on the Xterra X
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Grand Cherokee Laredo

Practicality

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Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Nissan Xterra X Nissan
Xterra X
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 68.7 ft3 vs 65.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.6 ft3 vs 57.1 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1840 lb vs 881 lb The Grand Cherokee Laredo can carry more weight than the average vehicle, but the Xterra X is comparable to other vehicles in its class
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Grand Cherokee Laredo offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Xterra X
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Cupholders 6 vs 6 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Nissan Xterra X Nissan
Xterra X
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MSRP $33,040 vs $25,070 The Xterra X has a great price and the Grand Cherokee Laredo is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Nissan Xterra X Nissan
Xterra X
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Nissan Xterra X Nissan
Xterra X
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 261 HP @ 5,600 RPM The Grand Cherokee Laredo is fairly powerful, but the Xterra X is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.1 lb/hp vs 15.9 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Grand Cherokee Laredo will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Xterra X
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.1 ft vs 37.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Road Tests

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Nissan Xterra X Nissan
Xterra X
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0-60 mph 8.6 seconds vs 7.7 seconds The Xterra X has a good 0-60 time, but the Grand Cherokee Laredo is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs 135 ft The Grand Cherokee Laredo has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Xterra X is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.4 s @ 86 mph vs 16.2 s @ 87 mph The Xterra X's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Grand Cherokee Laredo's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 110 mph

Crash Test Ratings

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Nissan Xterra X Nissan
Xterra X
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Xterra X
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

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2011 Nissan Xterra X 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X Xterra X vs Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X
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