Summary, Prices, Specs

By May 8, 2013


The Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts a capable chassis, comfortable interior that's utility useful or fashion friendly, and some of the most efficient powertrains in its class. It offers the off-road capability that mid-size SUVs should offer, along with substantial towing capability. The SRT puts the Germans on notice that there are super-ute alternatives, and this one costs $20,000-$40,000 less. A Laredo E Off-Road is the most Jeep and the one we want most.

G.R. Whale filed this report to after his test drives of all versions of the Grand Cherokee near Austin, Texas.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo ($28,795); Laredo AWD ($30,795); Limited ($35,795); Limited 4WD ($37,795); Overland ($42,995); Overland 4WD ($45,995); Summit ($47,995); Summit 4WD ($50,995); SRT ($62,995)
Engines:240-hp 3.0-liter dohc V6 diesel; 290-hp dohc 3.6-liter V6; 360-hp ohv 5.7-liter V8; 470-hp ohv 6.4-liter V8
Transmissions:8-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, tire pressure monitor, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control
Safety equipment (optional):all-wheel drive, hill descent control, hill ascent control, rear camera, park sensors, active cruise control with collision warning, blind-spot monitors, rear cross path detection
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Detroit, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4WD ($50,995)
Standard equipment:leather embroidered upholstery, dual-zone climate control, genuine wood trim, power heated folding mirrors/seats/liftgate/tilt-and-telescope heated steering wheel, driver memory system, heated seats front and rear, ventilated front seats, panoramic moonroof, 20-inch wheels, 115-volt outlet and rear USB ports, Selec-Terrain, security system, bi-xenon smartbeam headlamps with washers, polished aluminum 20-inch wheels, 19-speaker 825-watt Harman Kardon sound system, Dinamica headliner, 8.4-inch Uconnect Access via Mobile, navigation with voice-recognition and XM travel/traffic info, cargo cover, adaptive cruise control with collision warning, blind-spot monitors, rear camera and park sensors, cross-path detection, and towing package
Options as tested (MSPR):EcoDiesel engine ($5,000)
Destination charge:$995
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$56990
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:3.0-liter DOHC V6 turbodiesel
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):240 @ 3600
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):420 @ 2000
Transmission:8-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:21/28 mpg
Wheelbase:114.8 in.
Length/width/height:189.8/76.5/69.3 in.
Track, f/r:63.9/64.1 in.
Turning circle:37.1 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.9/57.0/40.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:39.2/56.2/38.6 in.
Cargo volume:68.3 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:7200 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link, coil springs
Ground clearance:7.1-11.3 in.
Curb weigth:5374 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:24.6 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of May 8, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 877-426-5337 -