2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

Pros: Availability of unique diesel and SRT/Trackhawk high-performance models; tough-to-match off-road prowess; classy, upscale interiors in higher-end models

Cons: Not as good a value as many class competitors; rear legroom can grow cramped; poor fuel economy in SRT and Trackhawk models

CG Says: For 2018, Jeep Grand Cherokee gains a new 707-horsepower Trackhawk model that is capable of accelerating 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Another new model is the Sterling Edition that commemorates Grand Cherokee’s 25th anniversary. All Grand Cherokees now have standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The base touchscreen grows from five inches to seven. The available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen now has pinch and zoom capability and higher resolution. Grand Cherokee is a crossover midsize SUV. Jeep offers a wide choice of engines with horsepower ranging from 240 to 707. The base engine is a 295-hp 3.6-liter V6. A thrifty 240-hp 3.0-liter diesel V6 is optional. Three V8s are available: a 360-hp 5.7-liter, a 475-hp 6.4-liter, and a 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter. All engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. SRT and Trackhawk have standard all-wheel drive, while other models are available with rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive—except the off-road oriented Trailhawk which is 4WD only. A 2-speed transfer case is optional. Available features include autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, parallel parking assist, trailer-hitch camera, panoramic sunroof, and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Grand Cherokee has evolved into sort of a poor-man’s Range Rover, and that’s not a bad thing. It can be equipped for severe off-road use or country club luxury–or both–and that helps set it apart from its 5-passenger rivals in this class. So do its higher towing limits. But most buyers who want a midsize SUV for more normal driving will likely find others in this class to be a better value from a features-per-dollar standpoint.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jeep
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Laredo: $31,690
4WD Laredo: $33,990
Laredo E: $33,990
4WD Laredo E: $35,990
Altitude: $37,785
4WD Altitude: $40,085
Limited: $39,290
4WD Limited: $41,290
Sterling Edition: $43,290
4WD Sterling Edition: $45,290
4WD Trailhawk: $44,390
Overland: $46,090
4WD Overland: $49,090
High Altitude: $48,585
4WD High Altitude: $51,585
Summit: $52,090
4WD Summit: $55,090
AWD SRT: $68,490
AWD Trackhawk: $86,995

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6 (Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Altitude, Sterling Edition, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, Summit)
Horsepower
295
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-26

Base Engine
6.4-liter V8 (SRT)
Horsepower
475
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
13
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

Optional Engine
5.7-liter V8
Horsepower
360
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22

Optional Engine
supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (Trackhawk)
Horsepower
707
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
11
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
17