Review: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee –

12 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Review: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee –

The big differences are a new engine offering, an eight-speed with all engines, new top-line trim level, and performance for the SRT model.

The last Grand Cherokee was in 2009, provided by former owner Mercedes-Benz. This one is current owner Fiat, and a 3.0 L V6 that spins out 240 horsepower and 420 of torque.

Two gasoline engines over from the 2013 a 3.6 L V6 and 5.7 L Hemi V8, both upgraded to the from the previous five- and transmissions for improved performance and economy.

There are four levels (plus the SRT), and you can get the 3.6 L in all of It gets confusing, since the two top come standard with the V8 and a credit if you order the V6. For simplicity, the V6 prices are the Laredo at $39,995, the at $46,995, the Overland at $54,995, and the at $59,995.

The V8 is available in the Limited, Overland, and so add $2,150 to those prices for it.

The can be optioned on the Overland and Summit, it’s $4,995 more the V8. That brings the diesel to $62,140, and the Summit to $67,140. an awful lot of money: the Summit so is more than the $62,995

Granted, the Summit is jammed features, including a premium adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, cruise control, collision air suspension, navigation, and blind monitoring. (The only are a chrome package or CD slot, and disc fans, your rapidly going the way of the cassette

Jeep says it’s the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and BMW X5. Order all with diesels and the top-line initially costs the most, the other two climb considerably when you add options comparable to the standard features.

But I can see a “… in the market for the diesel, flanked on one by Jeep fans that pay into this nosebleed range, and on the other by well-heeled who won’t abandon the status of German nameplates.

It’ll be a because the diesel is really It’s quiet and smooth, and the torque gives you great power, as well as intense if you ever do go off-roading.

That as much as I love diesels, you can’t go wrong with the little gasoline V6. It brings the within reason (on the lower anyway), has more than strength for the job, and mates to the smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic. you’ve driven the smaller the V8 seems like overkill.

Interior quality is excellent, and of my price issue at the higher might have been the lower levels look as good as the top ones. There was a difference between the Limited and that I drove, most of it in interior and exterior features, but the model didn’t look any by comparison. Everything is soft-touch, the is top-stitched, and all but the Laredo include a steering wheel, rearview and power liftgate.

The only is the nasty electronic shifter Chrysler’s putting in various You tap it up or down, with no tactile of actually shifting. The result is you usually have to look to sure you have the right (a couple of times, I tapped too and bypassed Reverse).

The company reps say I’d get used to it. I have to.

Overall, I think is going to do really well the gasoline V6 models, especially the lines. This Grand is good-looking, it’s lovely and with this new transmission, a great driver.

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The brilliant is that and more, both in and fuel economy, and unfortunately, in the it commands. Whether this become a sales success, or a “future collectible” for the years to will ultimately be the $67,140


PRICE: $39,995 to $67,140

3.6 L V6, 3.0 L V6 diesel, 5.7 L V8, 6.4 L V8

POWER/TORQUE: (hp/lb.-ft.) (3.6); 240/420 (3.0); (5.7); 470/465 (6.4)

CONSUMPTION: (city/highway, estimated) (3.6); 10.3/7.1 (3.0); (5.7); 16.6/10.7 (6.4)

BMW X5, Dodge Durango, Ford Honda Pilot, Land LR4, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz Toyota 4Runner

WHAT’S Impressive interior, great gas and V6s, off-road capability.

WORST: Pricey top lines, with the diesel.

WHAT’S The diesel engine’s made in

Travel for freelance writer Jil was provided by the manufacturer. Email:

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