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.
USED 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee FOR SALE NEAR ME
Cerrone Chevrolet Buick GMC of Attleboro, MA (21 mi)
Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM 24 of Brockton, MA (17 mi)
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overview
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.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a perfectly suitable family SUV that's also ready to head off-road, and top versions are downright luxurious.
Pricing and Equipment
Standard features across the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup include:
- 17-inch wheels
- Rearview camera
- Parking sensors
- 5.0-inch LCD touchscreen for audio — or you can upgrade to an 8.4-incher
Buyers looking for a comfortable and versatile family vehicle should be satisfied with the base Laredo, Laredo E, or Limited trims, which start at $31,390 (including $995 destination charge), $33,690, and $38,990, respectively.The Limited is a step up in materials and features chrome door handles, power driver and passenger seats, roof rails, remote start, and a heated leather steering wheel.
Drivers looking for a little more luxury should target the $44,795 Overland or $50,495 Summit versions. Equipment and features improve greatly on these models, with their leather trimmed seats, 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment systems, and heated leather/genuine wood steering wheels. The Summit distances itself from the Overland thanks to its 19-speaker surround-sound stereo, polished aluminum wheels, and host of safety features, including blind spot sensors, forward and rear collision warning, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.
Rounding out the versatile Grand Cherokee lineup is the off-road-oriented Trailhawk and the performance SRT variant. The Trailhawk starts at $44,090 and gets a unique front bumper with a colored grille, all terrain tries, and added skid plates. The SRT, which has a starting MSRP of $67,890, masters on-road performance with its 6.4-liter, 475-horsepower V8 engine. Chrysler says it goes 0-60 in 4.8 seconds.
Under the hood, the base 3.6-liter V6 makes 295 horsepower, but drivers can also opt for a 5.7-liter, 360-horsepower V8 or the efficient 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. All four engine options are paired to an eight-speed automatic.
- The 2017 Grand Cherokee wide range of engine options allows it to meet almost every need, from fuel-sipper to trail raider to straight-line rocket to commuter.
- With responsive steering and smooth road manners, the Grand Cherokee is one of the best riding and handling SUVs in the class. And that doesn't go away when drivers head off-road either.
- The optional V8 engine doesn't offer enough everyday improvement to make its penalty in fuel economy worth it.
- It's a Jeep – why is rear-wheel drive even an option?
- The Diesel engine is noisy at low speeds.
- The spacious and finely finished interior holds up against rival luxury models.
- The perfect combination of cargo space and second-row legroom.
- Materials and textures step up in a big way in Limited, Overland, and Summit models, giving these customers a near-luxury experience in terms of comfort and quality.
- The flat cloth seats on base Laredo models pale in comparison to the comfortable seating in other versions.
- Big square mirrors sometimes lead to noticeable wind noise at higher speeds.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
We found the 2017 Grand Cherokee's most underrated talent to be its ability to carry five adults and cargo with ease. Seat cushions are wide and supportive on all models beside the base Laredo, and its large doors open up 78 degrees for easy entry/exit. Leg room is adult-friendly in the front and back, while storage capacity remains very good.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
The Grand Cherokee's biggest red flag is its below average crash-test scores and lack of some standard safety gear. Auto emergency braking is an option only available on the Limited trim and above. Grand Cherokee is not an IIHS Top Safety Pick and rear-drive models only scored 4-stars with the NHTSA. However, 4WD models do carry a 5-star NHTSA rating.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers plenty of versatility, utility and luxury, making it a benchmark SUV suited to fit almost every need. It's only let down by its poor crash-test ratings and average fuel economy.
Find Your New Jeep Grand Cherokee On CarsDirect
We have information you must know before you buy the Grand Cherokee. We want to send it to you, along with other pricing insights.
I agree to receive emails from CarsDirect. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time.