The Jeep Grand Cherokee is an icon among sport utility vehicles and this latest-generation version is far better than older models. It looks wonderful. It's powerful and quiet at the same time. It offers good space efficiency and comes loaded with standard and optional features. The Grand Cherokee is a great choice for those who want to tow, go off-road, or both. And if fuel economy is your goal, the available diesel has it without sacrificing power. Families may want a vehicle with more seat room, and if you don't plan on going off road, you might not want to pay the Grand Cherokee's price premium.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw filed this report from Santa Barbara, California, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Los Angeles and correspondent Kirk Bell reporting from Chicago.
front airbags, side-curtain air bags with roll detection, ABS, Brake Assist, electronic stability program with roll mitigation, traction control, tire-pressure monitor, LATCH-style anchors for the rear seats
Safety equipment (optional):
rear obstacle detection, rear backup camera, hill descent control, hill start assist, trailer sway control
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD ($39,310)
dual-zone automatic climate control; power sunroof; leather upholstery; heated first- and second-row seats; rear obstacle detection; rear backup camera; tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; cruise control; one-touch power windows; power heated mirrors; power locks with remote keyless entry; eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; four-way power passenger seat; power adjustable pedals; memory function for seats, mirrors, and pedals; Boston Acoustics AM/FM/CD six-speaker premium 276-watt AM/FM/6CD with MP3; Sirius satellite radio; UConnect GPS with navigation system and 30-gigabyte hard drive; UConnect Phone; driver information center; 60/40 split folding rear seat; engine immobilizer; water-resistant storage compartment; automatic headlamps; rain-sensing automatic wipers; auto-dimming rearview and exterior mirrors; HomeLink universal garage door opener; tire-pressure monitor with display; remote engine starting; engine immobilizer; 115-volt power outlet; adjustable roof rack crossrails; fog lights; P245/65R17 tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
5.7-liter Hemi V8 ($1580); Quadra-Drive II ($795); Class IV trailer tow group ($280)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
5.7-liter ohv 16-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
357 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
389 @ 4350
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
67.4 cu. ft.
independent, double-wishbone, coil springs over gas-charged shocks, anti-roll bar
live axle, upper and lower trailing links, track rod, coil springs, gas-charged shocks, anti-roll bar
vented disc/solid disc with ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of June 01, 2009.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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