|Midsize SUV; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $16,500 – $48,600*|
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Front
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Rear
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Profile
The latest Jeep Grand Cherokee does a fine job balancing confident on-road dynamics with off-road tenacity. Attractive, comfortable interiors, tidy exterior dimensions, and a wide range of options are other strong suits. The smooth 3.6-liter V6 should offer enough muscle for most buyers, and if it doesn’t, the available 5.7-liter V8 surely will. The main disappointment here is with the EPA fuel-economy estimates, with the V8s being particularly thirsty. Still, the Grand Cherokee is a very strong and Recommended (2012) entry in its class, deserving of consideration from buyers in this crowded segment.
Freshened styling and a new V6 engine went into the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee as part of its redesign, which also added new features. Seating five, this midsize SUV was about 5 inches longer in wheelbase and 2 inches longer overall than the 2010 Grand Cherokee. Trim levels included base Laredo, mid-level Limited, and top-end Overland and Overland Summit. Each came with either rear-wheel drive or Jeep’s Quadra-Trac all-wheel drive. Quadra-Trac I was a full-time AWD system without low-range gearing. Quadra-Trac II incorporated a low-range gear for off-road use. Jeep offered various off-road option packages that could include skid plates, hill-descent control, front tow hooks, and a Quadra-Lift adjustable air suspension. The standard engine on all models was a new 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6, which replaced a 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6. This new engine was capable of running on E85 ethanol-blended fuel. A 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 was optional. Sole transmission for both engines was a five-speed automatic. Maximum towing capacity was 5,000 pounds with the V6 and 7,400 pounds with the V8.
Standard safety features included all-disc antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Hill-descent control was standard on AWD Limited and Overland models and optional for Laredo. Other available features included adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, and Rear Cross Path–a system that activated when the transmission went into reverse, and could detect traffic moving towards the vehicle. Also available was Chrysler’s Uconnect multimedia suite, which could include a navigation system with real-time traffic alerts, wireless cell-phone link, and a 30-gigabyte hard drive for storing digital-music and picture files. SUV competitors to the Grand Cherokee included the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota 4Runner.
|2012 Grand Cherokee
A high-performance model returned to the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup for 2012. The revived SRT8 came with a 465-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and Quadra-Trac all-wheel drive. At the same time, the 5.7-liter V8 switched to a six-speed automatic rather than the prior five-speed unit.
|2013 Grand Cherokee
For 2013, the Grand Cherokee got a new, off-road themed option package dubbed Trailhawk. It added several off-road and luxury features to the base Laredo model. Also, the Summit package, available on the top-line Overland trim, received some new equipment, as well.
|2014 Grand Cherokee
Revised front and rear fascias joined a redesigned interior as part of Grand Cherokee model-year 2014 freshening. The interior update included a new instrument panel with a design reminiscent of the new-for-2013 Dodge Dart. The standard V6 and available V8 engines got new 8-speed transmissions, and an optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 joined the lineup as well.