Pros: Availability of unique diesel and SRT8 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 SRT8 model
CG Says: Revised front and rear fascias join a redesigned interior as part of this SUV’s model-year 2014 freshening. The interior update includes a new instrument panel with a design reminiscent of the new-for-2013 Dodge Dart. The standard V6 and available V8 engines get new 8-speed transmissions, and an optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 joins the lineup as well. 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.