2018 Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Lincoln MKX in Olathe, KS

February 9th, 2018 by

Comparing the 2018 Grand Cherokee and Lincoln MKX Luxury SUVs

Grand Cherokee

The American love affair with the SUV shows no signs of decreasing. The days when SUVs were reserved for the rugged outdoors person and those who like to go off-road are long behind us—though some of the best luxury SUVs can also hit the trail with the best of them. Today’s SUVs are unbeatable for hauling kids, supplies, groceries, furniture—whatever you need them to carry—and are the go-to cars for families, outdoor enthusiasts, busy professionals, and many more. One of the SUVs that has always earned the highest marks from auto industry reviews as well as the “popular vote” with drivers everywhere has been the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not that other competitors haven’t tried to put the Jeep to the test, but today the new 2018 Grand Cherokee is up against another luxury SUV, the Lincoln MKX, and we’re predicting that the Jeep comes out on top.

Trim Levels and Pricing

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee hits the market with a $30,595 starting MSRP and with a wide range of available trim levels to choose from, while the 2018 Lincoln MKX has only four trim levels and starts out at around $39,035. That makes the Lincoln quite a bit pricier than the Jeep right out of the gate, which is a rough start for any vehicle, especially one that’s trying to go up against the legendary Jeep name.

2018 Grand Cherokee Trim Levels

For $30,595 you can get behind the wheel of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, with everything from voice command to heated exterior mirrors that come standard. You can upgrade that to a Jeep Grand Cherokee LimitedJeep Grand Cherokee TrailhawkJeep Grand Cherokee SRT, or even the monster Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which comes with a jaw-dropping 707-horsepower HEMI V8 under the hood.

2018 Lincoln MKX Trim Levels

As stated earlier, the 2018 Lincoln MKX only offers four trim levels to choose from, ranging in price from $39,035 to $54,230 (or even more, depending on options and packages). Starting with the Premiere, other trim options include the Select, the Reserve, and the top-of-the-line Black Label. Higher-trim Lincoln MKXs include luxury features like leather upholstery, rear seat entertainment systems, and a panoramic moon roof, but these will add thousands to your purchase price, and the end result still doesn’t have the performance of a Jeep.

Conclusion: When you get right down to it, it’s hard for any SUV to compete with a Jeep. There’s a reason the Jeep nameplate is practically synonymous with the class. When it comes to luxury SUVs, the 2018 Lincoln MKX costs a whole lot more than the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and doesn’t offer the same off-road performance, range of trim levels and engine options, and just all-around Jeep durability. So when you place the two head to head, it’s pretty clear that the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has the edge.

Engine Options & Performance Factors

When you buy an SUV, you’re looking for something reliable and powerful enough to impress with its off-road capabilities—even if you mostly drive it to and from the office. Engines and other performance factors can quickly add up to a vehicle that’s either a winner or a loser. Fortunately, Jeeps are known for their capable engines and unbeatable performance both on the road and off.

2018 Grand Cherokee Engines & Performance Factors

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers four engine choices, so that there’s a performance option to fit every need and every lifestyle. Its standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 is quick and agile, perfect for running the kids to school or for your morning commute. For those who want a few more horses under the hood, the Grand Cherokee boasts three powerful V8 options, including the 707-horsepower HEMI V8 that comes standard in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, not to mention a reliable 5.7L HEMI V8 with Fuel Saver Technology and a 6.4L HEMI that comes standard in the Grand Cherokee SRT.

2018 Lincoln MKX Engines & Performance Factors

No matter which trim package you choose, the 2018 Lincoln MKX always comes standard with a 3.7L V6 engine and front-wheel drive. You can upgrade to a twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6 for around $2,000 or tack on all-wheel drive for closer to $2,495. Unfortunately, the MKX doesn’t have any V8 engines available that can compete with the rugged V8s on offer in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it also gets below average gas mileage for vehicles in its class.

Conclusion: Whether you’re planning to go off road or stay on it, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee leaves the 2018 Lincoln MKX in the dust. With three powerful V8s to choose from, the Grand Cherokee can crank more horsepower and haul heavier loads than the Lincoln MKX, and when it comes to going off road, the Jeep brand can’t be beat. Factor in that the Jeep has better fuel economy and you’ve got a winner all around!

Interior & Noteworthy Features

SUVs may be built tough, but the modern luxury SUV consumer also expects all the creature comforts, from infotainment to driver assist technology and more.

2018 Grand Cherokee Interior & Features

A two-row SUV that comfortably seats five, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee splits the difference between off-road ruggedness and commuter comfort. With higher trim packages, you can enjoy everything from heated and cooled front seats to an audio system with active noise cancellation. Plus, you’ve got plenty of room to haul whatever you may need, with 36.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, or a max of around 68.3 cubic feet of space with the second row folded down.

2018 Lincoln MKX Interior & Features

Lincoln is a brand that’s known for luxury, so you’d think that the 2018 Lincoln MKX might have an edge in this category. However, while the MKX seats five just like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and even offers similar cargo space, industry reviewers have noted that there are some “cheaper looking pieces” in the otherwise moderately classy interior.

Conclusion: Ultimately, you’ll get a pretty comfortable ride and a decent amount of space in either the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Lincoln MKX. But with so many more options to choose from—not to mention all the powerful engines we’ve already reviewed—you’re likely to get more from the Jeep that meets your standards for quality and luxury in an SUV.

Safety Features

Safety is of paramount importance in any vehicle that is designed to tackle the highway, the side streets, and the trails. Solid safety scores and advanced safety features are part of the deal when it comes to a quality luxury SUV.

2018 Grand Cherokee Safety Features

Jeeps are known for being tough, and part of that toughness means keeping the driver and passengers safe in the event of a collision. That’s why the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee received the highest rating in four different crash tests, in addition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it five stars in side crash tests. Whatever trim level you decide to purchase, the Grand Cherokee will always come standard with a rearview camera, not to mention rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring.

2018 Lincoln MKX Safety Features

The 2018 Lincoln MKX also scored well with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning five stars in overall crash test safety. Like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Lincoln MKX also comes equipped with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors standard.

2018 Grand Cherokee vs Lincoln MKX Comparison Conclusions

When it comes to buying a luxury SUV that can work as hard as it can play, we just don’t think you can beat the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, especially for the price. Starting at a much lower MSRP than the 2018 Lincoln MKX, the Grand Cherokee offers an array of trim options, muscular V8 engines, and available safety features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and more. Maybe that’s why the Jeep Grand Cherokee has the highest owner retention around, according to IHS Markit. To see what it’s like behind the wheel of a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Olathe, come down to Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram today and learn more about Jeep Cherokee configurations!