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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee OVERVIEW
The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more or less everything that you could ask for in a mid-size SUV - smooth driving dynamics, a spacious cabin and of course, brilliant off-roading capabilities. A new version is expected in the next few years, but for the time being, the venerable Grand Cherokee remains a perfect blend of capability, style, and comfort for families.
What's New For 2018
There is a new range-topping Trackhawk variant, which gets the monstrous 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 from Dodge's Hellcat twins. But Jeep giveth, Jeep taketh away – while owners can enjoy the Trackhawk, the 2018 Grand Cherokee isn't available with the popular 3.0-liter, EcoDiesel V6, owing to regulatory snafus. That could change later this year.
Among the comfort creatures, the highlight is a new 7.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system that comes with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Choosing Your Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee is available in 10 trim levels — Laredo, Laredo E, Altitude, Limited, Sterling Edition, Trailhawk,Overland,Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk.
Except the SRT and the Trackhawk variants, all the variants get a 3.6-liter V6 engine as standard. It produces 296 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Mileage is 19 miles per gallon in city, 26 highway and 21 mpg combined. Two-wheel drive is available, but this is a Jeep, so plan on tacking on anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 – depending on trim – for four-wheel drive (the Trailhawk, SRT, and Trackhawk all come standard with four-wheel drive).
While a V6 is standard, the Limited, Sterling Edition,Overland,Summit, and Trailhawk trims, are available with a more potent 5.7-liter V8 (provided the four-wheel-drive box is ticked). It might add $3,295 to the price but for that sum you get 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque under the hood and the best-in-class towing capacity of 7,200 pounds. The mileage does, however, take a hit with the EPA estimating 14 city, 22 highway, and 17 combined mpg.
As far as the performance-oriented SRT and Trackhawk models are concerned, the SRT gets a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that makes 475 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque, while the Trackhawk is equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, good for 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. Remarkably, despite a curb weight of nearly 5,400 pounds, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds.
Every Grand Cherokee comes standard with a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.
With the astounding number of options, the right Grand Cherokee pick depends on your budget and requirements. If you want a Grand Cherokee for daily driving with occasional off-roading excursions a four-wheel-drive Limited with the Off-Road Adventure II Package is the most balanced choice, ringing up at just under $44,000 without any other options and promising capability that will satisfy 99.99 percent of drivers.
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