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The Grand Cherokee has a solid, upscale interior; comfortable seats; and a mostly compliant and controlled ride. Handling is competent, fit and finish is excellent, and the eight-speed automatic shifts smoothly. The standard 3.6-liter V6 returned just 18 mpg, though. We also tested the diesel, which racked up 24 mpg overall. Two V8s, a 5.7-liter and the SRT's 6.4-liter, are optional. The Uconnect infotainment system, with its large, well-labeled touch screen, is one of the best we've tested. Appropriately optioned, the Jeep makes a good tow vehicle or a capable off-roader. Recent updates included engine stop-start for the revised V6, Siri Eyes Free, and an easier-to-use shift lever. Reliability has been well below average.

Road Test

Something of a Swiss Army Knife among midsized SUVs, the Grand Cherokee is a versatile, well-rounded vehicle. When properly equipped, it is very capable on or off road, and it makes a good choice for trailer towing. All Grand Cherokees are easy to li...

Highs

  • Versatility and towing capability
  • Off-road capability when properly optioned

Lows

  • Well-below-average reliability costs the Jeep our recommendation
  • Fuel economy from the gasoline V6 has fallen behind the curve

Best Version to Get

The mid-range Limited provides the best blend of features and price. (The Altitude trim is a better deal, but you can't get blind spot monitoring.) The optional Uconnect 8.4 touch-screen radio is well designed and easy to use. We'd also get blind spot monitoring. We'd go for the 3....

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 3 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (240 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (295 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (360 hp)
  • 6.4-liter V8 (475 hp)

Ratings

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Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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