Our tested Grand Cherokee with the 4.7-liter V8 engine was powerful, but its fuel economy is nothing to brag about. The 4.7 is dropped for 2010. Available engines for this model year were a 357-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and a 210-hp 3.7-liter V6. Over the years, the Grand Cherokee got a better driving position and a more settled ride.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2007. ESC available in 2005, standard from 2006.
Road Test

Our tested Grand Cherokee with the 4.7-liter V8 engine was powerful, but its fuel economy is nothing to brag about. The 4.7 is dropped for 2010. Available engines for this model year were a 357-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and a 210-hp 3.7-liter V6. Over the years, the Grand Cherokee got a better driving position and a more settled ride. While it's a competent off-roader and a good tow vehicle for its class, the rear seat isn't roomy and fit and finish still needed improvement. A completely redesigned model debuted for the 2011 model year.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (215 hp)
  • 3.7-liter V6 (210 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 (305 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (357 hp)
  • 6.1-liter V8 (420 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“More than $1000 to replace the AC/Heater air diversion door mechanism - parts and labor”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“quit cooling after just 6 years”

Ken C., SC (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Heater system

“No heat on driver's side of car”

Kevin F., NJ (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“vent opening/door failed”

K H., ID (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

“Very expensive repair”

Ken C., SC (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

“Muffler rusted out. Pipe also”

Anthony S., NY (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Pipes

“Pipe rusted out. Jeep is in NY”

Anthony S., NY (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Other/unsure

“On dash screen shows tire pressure alert; for just one tire... but doesn't seem to be low. Its a clich?n software or something--that haven't been able to get back to the dealer with yet. Only have had for three months; have arthritis and don't dr”

Robert T., NH (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Transfer case

“Transfer case activator motor failed. Replaced”

James L., MA (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“I had significant leakage and vibration problems relating to the transfer case. I first had the gaskets replaced at the dealer, but that didn't solve the problems and the entire transfer case needed to be replaced”

Gregory H., MA (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

“Very expensive repair”

Ken C., SC (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Car will stall while driving”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

“vehicle would not start”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“The water pimp started leaking at around 128,000 mile. Replaced it - nor further problems”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Tire pressure monitor

“Dealer has not been able to fix tire pressure system since we bought Jeep. Dealer can not fix rear lights to function properly.. Dealer is not competent”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)
Keyless entry

“The keyless entry keeps erasing the drive specific (e.g. seat position) settings. This has been a problem since it was new and they can't find the root cause of the problem. They just keep replacing the same parts but it doesn't fix the problem”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“The plastic plugs they use to hold the moldings on keep working loose and the trim strips on the side get loose and eventually fall off. The price they charge for replacement plugs is outrageous because they won't sell the plugs indiviaually, only th”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Rust

“Paint bubbling below gas fill door. Took 2 times to repair”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Light kept coming -warning”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

“Over the past couple of years, and continuing to this day, I have had more and more problems with leaking fluids, especially oil and transmission. They have required several large repairs, including replacing the crank case, transfer case, and seals”

Gregory H., MA (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Diagnosed as a bad cam shaft”

Brian M., PA (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“There is a huge amount of wind noise when driving the speed limit on interstates”

Anonymous, AL (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Tie rods

“I had to replace both front tie rod and bushing housing at around 120,000”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

“Amplifier went out twice”

Ken C., SC (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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