The Grand Cherokee achieved best-seller status in the Jeep lineup last year, and it's poised to go from strength to strength for 2014. Chrysler is betting that a number of improvements in key areas will keep the momentum going, and they have reason to be confident. The changes aren't radical, but they hit all the right places, and taken together are a major boon to this veteran's appeal.
The restyled front end keeps its Jeep identity while incorporating a slimmed-down grille that's positioned higher on the body, and sedan-like headlamps reminiscent of the Chrysler 300. That theme continues to the taillights, which feature LEDs and are set in a re-sculpted tailgate with a larger integrated spoiler. The bottom rear fascia design is specific to each the Cherokee's many trim levels. The interior always had a ruggedly luxurious character—that's even more true now with higher-quality materials, improved electronics, and a new steering wheel and gauges.Read more »
The Laredo, with its sub-$30,000 sticker and unvarnished character, makes a strong case for traditional Jeep virtues. Chrome is used sparingly on the freshened body, and its 17-inch wheels are of the natural aluminum variety, not painted or polished. Most popular interior conveniences are standard, but you won't find leather seats or high-end finishes. It's a quality environment, to be sure, just not luxurious. The revamped instrument cluster monitors multiple drivetrain functions and features customizable graphics and settings. Jeep's colorful Uconnect 5.0 infotainment touch display is standard.
Chrysler's Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 makes a stout 290 horsepower and benefits from a new eight-speed transmission and fuel-saving technology this year. Equipped with the optional Tow Group, the Laredo can tow 6,200 pounds, or 7,200 when powered by the available Ecodiesel V6 or 5.7-liter V8.
Aimed at mass-market appeal, the Limited rides on 18-inch polished aluminum wheels and adds chrome to the door handles, sideview mirror caps, and lower grille surround. The rear of the Grand Cherokee benefits from a power lightgate and backup camera, while Capri heated leather seats spruce up the interior. It's a smart package of upgrades that gentrifies the Jeep without nudging the price too far skyward.
The Overland gets a boosts from 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with mineral gray painted pockets, while standard bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights crank up the brightness level. Passengers sit in Nappa leather seats edged with welting. The premium hides extend to the dashboard, door panels, and front center armrest. The Overland's almost lavish interior treatment shows that Jeep is serious about scalping some sales from the luxury brands.
Build and price your dream Jeep Grand Cherokee in just a few easy steps.
|Build & Price|
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee$27,911 | 15,589 mi
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee$28,081 | 7,460 mi
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee$42,544 | 8,749 mi
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee$25,899 | 32,240 mi
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee$28,894 | 6,990 mi
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee$29,995 | no mileage
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee$31,000 | 38,458 mi
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee$32,711 | 21,153 mi
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee$36,899 | 18,772 mi
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee$21,500 | 56,964 mi
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee$25,000 | 63,582 mi
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee$25,344 | 65,953 mi
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee$28,590 | 35,552 mi
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee$32,350 | 29,311 mi
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee$34,988 | 2,201 mi
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee$36,991 | 43,714 mi
2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee$13,693 | 68,353 mi
2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee$18,490 | 58,388 mi
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee$10,488 | 106,386 mi
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee$11,280 | 82,171 mi
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee$11,984 | 86,472 mi
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee$10,375 | 83,434 mi
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee$12,963 | 90,623 mi
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee$6,988 | 108,663 mi
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee$8,995 | 104,937 mi
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee$8,998 | 71,832 mi
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee$4,195 | 225,793 mi
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee$8,899 | 73,288 mi
Generous standard features, poor fuel economy from only available engine
A step up in size, available hybrid, starting to feel old-fashion
Efficient and family-oriented, no V8 option
Rugged construction and styling, outclassed by more modern competitors