Jeep's flagship SUV, the Grand Cherokee exhibits a high level of sophistication on the road and off, a rare quality in this age of family-focused crossovers. You still get uncompromising ruggedness and capability to go along with all the interior comforts you can handle.
What's New for 2015
The upscale Summit model receives active noise cancellation, and the high-performance SRT gets a boost in horsepower.
Choosing Your Jeep Grand Cherokee
Every Jeep Cherokee (except the SRT) starts out with a 290-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and rear-wheel drive. The available 5.7-liter V8 is good for 360 horsepower, and there's also a 3-liter turbo-diesel V6 that develops 240 horsepower. Four-wheel drive is available with any of these engines. The SRT gets its own 6.4-liter V8 with 475 horsepower, and four-wheel drive comes standard. An eight-speed automatic transmission is used on all models. With the diesel or any V8 under the hood, you're good to tow up 7,200 pounds.
The Grand Cherokee comes in six trim levels that stretch clear across the mid-size SUV market:
The entry-level Cherokee comes with the V6 engine and features like 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a six-speaker sound system with a touchscreen display and a CD player.
Adds a power driver seat, chrome roof rails and satellite radio. Both the standard Laredo and the E can get the Security and Convenience Group with a power liftgate, remote engine start, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Available on four-wheel drive versions is the Off-Road Adventure I Group, which includes skid plates, a two-speed transfer case, hill descent control and a terrain selector. You can also order a sunroof, 18-inch wheels, and Jeep's Uconnect infotainment interface.
Builds on the Laredo E with 20-inch gloss black wheels, distinctive exterior trim and black suede upholstery. The contents of the Security and Convenience Group are standard here.
The 5.7-liter V8 and turbo-diesel V6 become available at this level. Standard fare includes remote start, leather seating with driver memory and passenger power, heated rear seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and a nine-speaker premium audio system. The available Luxury Group II adds a panoramic sunroof, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power tilt-and-telescope steering wheel and xenon headlamps. Buyers can also select the Off-Road Adventure Group II, which adds an air suspension and locking rear differential to the Off-Road Adventure Group I, which remains available. Rounding out the option list are a navigation system and the Advanced Technology Group with adaptive cruise control, safety warning systems and collision mitigation.
Comes standard with navigation and the contents of the Luxury Group II. Additional upgrades include 20-inch wheels, a towing package, power-folding mirrors and wood steering wheel trim. All other option groups continue.
Equipped like a bonafide luxury SUV with a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, wood interior trim, active noise cancellation, and the Advanced Technology Group -- along with every other comfort amenity found in the lesser models.
Carries the 6.4-liter V8 and host of other performance upgrades such as an adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, sport seats, specially tuned steering and performance tires. Comfort and convenience features are similar to the Summit. For even more distinction, you can outfit your SRT with the Red Vapor package, which adds black chrome wheels, gloss black exterior trim, and black and red interior accents.
The Limited seems to be the sweet spot in the Cherokee lineup. You get a lot of equipment for your money and access to high-end options if you want them. If you don't need heavy-duty towing capability, you can save thousands on the Limited, Overland and Summit by sticking with the base V6 engine.