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Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ratings & Reliability
The Grand Cherokee has a mostly compliant and controlled ride, comfortable seats, and a solid, upscale interior, all of which endow it with a premium, substantial feel. 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 powertrain, which racked up 24 mpg overall. Two V8s, a 5.7-liter and the SRT's 6.4-liter, are optional. The Trackhawk version has a 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. 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 include engine stop-start for the revised V6, Siri Eyes Free, and an easier-to-use gear selector.
2014 Redesign Year
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2018
The 2014 freshening improved the Grand Cherokee's road-test score considerably. Better controls, improved fit and finish and a new eight-speed automatic transmission are among the highlights. The mid-range Limited model is a good choice, as it comes with a back-up camera and a power liftgate, along with heat for the leather seats and steering wheel. As for engine choice, we'd get the 3.6-liter V6. If towing is an issue, get the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, with its added fuel efficiency and torque. Safety features like antilock brakes with brake assist, traction control and stability control are all standard. Optional driver aids include a rear backup sensing system and camera, blind spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic detection and collision avoidance systems.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $25,725 - $72,675 $24,015 - $68,440
2017 $23,250 - $48,975 $21,500 - $45,990
2016 $20,100 - $43,750 $18,260 - $41,075
2015 $17,875 - $37,925 $15,700 - $35,705
2014 $15,250 - $32,275 $12,325 - $29,975
2011 Redesign Year
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2013
The 2011 redesign was a transformation, bringing a much better and more upscale vehicle with a fully independent suspension. Other attributes include modern cabin electronics, good handling and ride, attractive fit and finish, a quiet interior, and comfortable seats. The refined 3.6-liter V6 returned 18 mpg overall. The 5.7-liter V8 is capable of towing 7,400 pounds, but returned just 14 mpg in our testing. We got 24 mpg with the diesel. The Uconnect infotainment system is one of the best in the industry. Safety equipment includes antilock brakes, traction control, and stability control, all as standard equipment. A rear proximity sensor array and a rearview camera are also available.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $13,175 - $27,650 $10,285 - $25,355
2012 $11,425 - $24,625 $8,560 - $22,335
2011 $10,050 - $13,350 $7,245 - $10,370
2005 Redesign Year
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2010
For the 2005 model year, the Grand Cherokee got an independent front suspension system and improvements to the steering, but the ride remained too buoyant and rear-seat space was nothing special. Engines range from a lackluster 3.7-liter V6 to the admirable 5.7-liter V8. The 4.7-liter V8 is punchy, refined, and relatively fuel-efficient. Its horsepower was increased to 305 for 2008, but the engine was dropped for 2010. Fit and finish are so-so and the driving position is too high. As a result, even average-height drivers complained about the lack of headroom. Cargo capacity is small compared to many competing SUVs, but towing capacity is adequate and the controls are simple.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 $8,275 - $18,475 $5,515 - $16,230
2009 $6,850 - $17,400 $4,160 - $14,310
2008 $5,950 - $15,575 $3,305 - $12,430
2007 $5,325 - $14,175 $2,730 - $11,100
2006 $4,850 - $12,575 $2,245 - $9,575
2005 $4,325 - $5,625 $1,825 - $3,005
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2004
The Grand Cherokee is available in RWD and 4WD versions. Handling has been secure and stable in our tests. The ride is absorbent but on bumpy roads the Grand Cherokee rocks annoyingly from side to side. The 4.0-liter is noisy and slow. The 5.2 V8 was strong but thirsty. It was redesigned for 1999, but other than the addition of a powerful 4.7-liter V8, the improvement was modest. Handling continues to be secure, but ride quality, rear seat room, and cargo space remain subpar.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2004 $3,925 - $5,200 $1,490 - $2,595
2003 $3,700 - $4,900 $1,315 - $2,290
2002 $3,175 - $4,700 $1,065 - $2,110
2001 $3,025 - $4,575 $960 - $2,005
2000 $2,800 - $4,425 $785 - $1,880