The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five seat midsized SUV. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is not as expensive as the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT model, and the Grand Cherokee was one of the first SUVs on the market.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee first came out in 1993. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was one of the first midsized SUVs. The second generation came out in 1999. The third generation came out in 2004. The Jeep Grand Cherokee had a major redesign in 2011, the fourth generation. The fourth generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is related to the Dodge Durango, one of its rivals, as well as the Mercedes Benz M-Class. Today, The Jeep Grand Cherokee is classified as a mid-sized SUV, with the top trim lines considered luxury SUVs.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee models in 2015 were available with a 3 liter V6 240 horsepower diesel engine, 3.6 liter 290 horsepower standard gas engine, 360 horsepower 5.7 liter V8 engine that used standard gas and a 6.4 liter V8 engine that used premium gas to put out 470 horsepower. The more powerful the engine, the lower the gas mileage.
The basic trim level is the Laredo, available in four wheel drive and two wheel drive. The 2 wheel drive cost around $30,000, while the four wheel drive model was $2,000 more in 2015. The second trim line is called Laredo, followed by the Laredo X, and the Overland trim level was the middle on features and price. The Summit trim line was the second best. The top trim level was the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.
The Grand Cherokee is designed to handle off-roading well.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee gets 13 miles per gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the highway, for the least efficient engine. The most efficient engine gets 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway. The EPA rated the 2014 model as having an average 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a top speed of 121 miles per hour. The Jeep Grand Cherokee goes from zero to sixty miles per hour in 6.5 seconds in 2014 tests.
The 2015 Consumer Reports Buying Guide said that they predicted a lower than average reliability for the Jeep Grand Cherokee. JD Power and Associates rated the Jeep Grand Cherokee as having below average reliability as well.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee was recalled for at least six different problems, including a loss of stability control, electrical shorts that could cause airbags to be disabled during a crash, and corrosion that might affect their brakes. However, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was not affected by the Takata air bag recalls.
The basic version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee started at a few dollars below $30,000 new in 2015. Adding all wheel drive added around $2,000 to any trim line of the Grand Cherokee.
The next trim level, the Laredo, was around $37,000 new in 2015. The mid-range Overland trim level came in at around $43,000 new in 2015. The Summit trim line came in at around $49,000 in 2015. The SRT trim topped out at $63,000 new in 2015.
Rivals to the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Jeep GC include the Nissan Murano, Volkswagen Touareg, Nissan Xterra, Toyota Highlander, Toyota 4Runner, Dodge Durango (to which it is mechanically related), Kia Sorento, and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Rivals for the Grand Cherokee SRT trim level include the BMW X5 M, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes Benz G63, Infiniti QX80, Lincoln Navigator, and Range Rover Sport Supercharged.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is based on the fourth generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.