The Grand Cherokee is popular among Jeep lovers because not only does it have excellent off-road capabilities, but also offers a smooth ride on paved roads. In addition, there are many luxury features and appointments available, and it has the rugged look that people desire in a Jeep. We agree that it's a fantastic choice and award it our Editors' Choice.
You have the option of choosing from three different powertrains, including a V-6 and a V-8, as well as Jeep's new 4xe plug-in hybrid. Although rear-wheel drive is the standard for models with just a V-6, there are three various all=wheel drive systems that you can pick from to help manage any situation life throws your way--be it merely travel in snowy weather or climbing rocks out in Moab.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The new Grand Cherokee comes with a choice of engines: a 3.6-liter V-6 or a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Jeep also offers its 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain, which adds electric power to this family SUV. The base model with the V–6 engine has rear–wheel drive; but all models come with all –wheel drive except for the base model with the V—6 engine).
The Jeep Cherokee comes standard with several all-wheel-drive systems, an electronically locking limited-slip differential, and a Trailhawk model with more robust off-road equipment. This model also features an adjustable air suspension that provides up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance and a disconnecting sway bar for tackling difficult terrain.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The brand-new cabin in the Grand Cherokee completely replaces the outdated interior of its predecessor. Even though base Laredo models come with only the essentials, luxury trims like Summit and Overland include features like quilted leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim, and high-tech digital displays. The Grand Cherokee is a two-row SUV--if you want a third row, you have to upgrade to theGrand Cherokee L (which we review separately). We haven't had a chance to test drive the new Grand Cherokee yet ourselves, but based on what we know so far, we're pretty sure it can fit more carry-on suitcases than its predecessor could.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The 8.4- or 10.1-inch touchscreen that floats just above the surface of the Grand Cherokee's dashboard comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio. In-dash navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates is optional, but higher end models come with a digital gauge cluster, a 10 inch head up display, as well another 10.3 inch display for use by front seat passengers.
Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee a reliable car?
Are Jeep Grand Cherokees Reliable? The Jeep Grand Cherokee is considered average in terms of dependability. It received a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 from RepairPal and ranked 15th out of the 26 midsize SUVs reviewed based on data from different model years.
Are Grand Cherokees expensive to maintain?
A Jeep Grand Cherokee will cost about $10,484 for maintenance and repairs during its first 10 years of service. This is more than the industry average for popular SUV models by $1,351. There is also a 31.13% chance that a Grand Cherokee will require a major repair during that time.
Are Jeep parts expensive?
A major downside to Jeeps is how expensive they are. The average maintenance cost of a Jeep Wrangler is $694—**$100 more than other similar SUVs**. The most commonly replaced parts on Jeeps cost over $300 each, and that's without the cost of labor. A new engine alone can cost you thousands of dollars.
Why are Jeeps so popular?
Jeeps are exceedingly tough and durable vehicles. They can handle both smooth roads and the rockiest off-road terrain. Jeeps are also easy to maintain; they don't require a ton of time or effort to keep in tip-top shape.