Jeep's traditional SUV, the Grand Cherokee behaves just as well in the wildness as it does on the road, a rare quality in this age of family-focused crossovers. Buyers can be assured of go-anywhere capability along with all the luxury and technology they can handle.
What's New for 2017
The posh Summit model receives interior trim upgrades and an updated nose. A new Trailhawk model promises even greater off-road prowess.
Choosing Your Jeep Grand Cherokee
Most Jeep Cherokees start 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 (and mandatory with the V8). The SRT gets its own 6.4-liter V8 with 475 horsepower. Four-wheel drive comes on the SRT and new Trailhawk.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is used on all models. With the diesel or either V8 under the hood, you're good to tow up 7,200 pounds.
The Grand Cherokee comes in a multitude of trims that stretch clear across the mid-size SUV market:
The Limited is the sweet spot in the lineup for most buyers. 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, Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit by sticking with the base V6 engine.