Superior off-road capability; first-rate build and interior quality; good driving dynamics; torquey and fuel-efficient turbodiesel V6
Indifferent fuel economy (except the diesel); pricey upper-level models
The 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT gets a 5-horsepower boost, while the Summit trim adds active noise cancellation for a quieter ride.
We think the Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel is the one to beat thanks to its extraordinary fuel economy and effortless low-end torque.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in five primary trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit and SRT.
The Laredo ($30,990) might be the entry-level model, but its interior is ready for prime time. The dashboard and door panels are mostly covered in premium materials, and the standard equipment roster is generous, highlighted by alloy wheels, keyless entry/start, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touchscreen interface and a 6-speaker audio system.
Move to the Limited ($37,890) or Overland ($44,290), and cabin quality starts to evoke the best from BMW or Land Rover. Notable standard features include a power rear lift gate, power front seats with driver memory functions, heated front and rear seats, a rearview camera and a 9-speaker audio system. The Overland boasts 20-in wheels, xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a power adjustable steering wheel with wood trim, an 8.4-in touchscreen with navigation, premium leather upholstery and cooled front seats.
The Summit ($49,960) comes standard with practically every upgrade available, including adaptive cruise control, a collision warning system, a blind spot monitoring system, active noise cancellation, extended wood trim and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The performance-oriented SRT ($65,590) boasts a ridiculous 6.4-liter V8 and an array of go-fast goodies, including a lowered suspension that ironically makes this Jeep practically useless when driving off road.
Many of the standard features on pricier trims are optional on lesser Grand Cherokees. Additional options include a rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-ray capability and a towing package.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
2015 BMW X5 -- How badly do you need the Jeep's off-road talents? If you can go without, the X5's top-shelf luxury and engaging handling might win you over.
2015 Toyota 4Runner -- The 4Runner lacks the JGC's premium trim and features, but it's a similarly sized foe with comparable off-road chops.
2015 Volkswagen Touareg -- Although the Touareg can't match the Grand Cherokee's sophisticated 4WD offerings, it's skilled at medium-duty off-roading, and its on-road demeanor is surprisingly sporty.
Used Porsche Cayenne -- The midsize Cayenne is another pavement-biased machine, serving up something close to sports-car-grade athleticism in a midsize package. Depreciation is your friend here, but you'll definitely want a certified pre-owned warranty.