The current fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that’s existed since the 2011 model year without a major redesign. An all-new Grand Cherokee is in the works based on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio platform, but in the meantime is there a good reason to buy this version?
Actually yes, starting with its road manners. We know Jeeps are known for radical off-roading and the Jeep Grand Cherokee can certainly do that, but in a suburban context ride quality and handling, confidence reflects a premium sensibility. Also, dangerous weaving. That aura of civility makes the Grand Cherokee a recommendable steed for lengthy adventures. If asked to scrutinize the drive experience we would note thick pillars that somewhat inhibit our visibility and steering that’s a little bit sensitive off-center somewhat inhibiting stability during high-speed cornering.
Nonetheless, the Grand Cherokee moves with unexpected refinement especially considering its age. For propulsion, a 3.6-liter V6 comes standard with either rear or four-wheel drive. It can tow up to 6,200 pounds and offers punchy enough acceleration for most drivers’ needs, though we will note that acceleration from a stop can feel a little bit jumpy especially with the automatic engine start/stop system working.
That’s how you communicate. There are other engines we’ll get to momentarily but the primary choices include a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, that can tow a hefty 7400-pound max, and a swift 5.7-liter V8 paired exclusively with four-wheel-drive. Fuel economy peaks with the 3-liter diesel decreasing inversely as displacement and power figures increase.
Regardless of engine, all Grand Cherokees feature an 8-speed automatic transmission. With all that mechanical stuff out of the way let’s explore the interior. Stylistically there’s room to contemporize but the cabin has a soft functional appeal. In front, we like symmetrical armrests. We like how easy it is to get a nice comfy driving position and passenger space is more than adequate. What we dislike is plastic that goes squeak when you touch it, not that you’re ever gonna be touching the gauge cluster and stitching here on the steering wheel that is slowly wearing my thumbs down to nubs.
Magically appearing in the back and we treated to reasonable spaciousness and reclining rear seatbacks. From a visibility standpoint this super thick c-pillar isn’t great, but who are we foolin’. We are gonna be looking at Instagram not out there. A self-promotional activity supported by two USB ports and a three-prong outlet included on most trims.
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