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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Original MSRP Range
$30,895--$86,200
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
11--19 MPG City / 17--26 MPG Hwy
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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

What We Like

Superior off-road capability; build and interior quality; driving dynamics; torque-y and fuel-efficient turbodiesel V6; the sheer nerve of making a 707-hp SUV.

What We Don't

Indifferent fuel economy for all engines except the diesel one; diesel engine gets a little noisy; pricey upper-level models.

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.3/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The Trackhawk version. If the 475-horsepower SRT version sounds too tame, the Trackhawk has 707 hp to help boost the share prices of performance tire manufacturers. A 7-inch infotainment screen replaces last year's 5-in version, while Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration has become available.

Which Grand Cherokee is the Best?

Opt for an Overland if you're not going over land but sticking to the pavement. Or go with a Trailhawk if there's some off-roading to be done.

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How Much Does a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Cost?

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit and SRT forms.

The Laredo ($31,690) is the entry model, but it still has a decent interior. The dashboard and door panels are mostly covered in premium materials, and standard equipment is generous -- including 17-in alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, a tilt-telescope leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a 7-in touchscreen interface and a 6-speaker audio system with two USB ports and an auxiliary audio input.

At the Limited ($39,290) level, cabin quality resembles a BMW or Land Rover. It's also eligible for the 5.7-liter V8. Notable standard features include a power lift gate, 18-in alloy wheels, 8-way power-adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory functions, heated seats in the front and rear, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a 115-volt outlet and a 9-speaker audio system with satellite radio.

The Overland ($46,090) has 20-in wheels, rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a power-adjustable steering wheel with wood trim, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, an 8.4-in touchscreen with navigation, premium leather upholstery and cooled front seats.

The Trailhawk ($44,390) is described by Jeep as the most capable Grand Cherokee ever. As well as specialist tires, the AWD system comes with low-range gearing and an electronic limited-slip rear differential, the air suspension is adjustable, and this model also has skid plates, hill ascent/descent controls, dedicated off-road-applicable instruments, power-folding side mirrors and various styling touches inside and out.

The Summit ($52,090) comes standard with practically every upgrade available, including adaptive cruise control, collision warning with emergency braking, front parking sensors, self-parking functionality, lane-departure monitoring, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, active noise cancellation, extended wood trim and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

The performance-oriented SRT ($68,490) enjoys a 6.4-liter V8 and a lowered suspension that naturally compromises Jeep's traditional go-anywhere approach. But when it does go somewhere, it's quick.

The Trackhawk ($88,090) sports 20-inch wheels shod with high-performance rubber and upgraded hardware to cope with the forces this thing can generate. It also has suede and Nappa leather upholstery.

Many standard features in pricier versions are optional on lower trim levels. Other extras include a Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system and a towing package.

Trailhawk, SRT and Trackhawk aside, the Grand Cherokee comes with RWD as standard. The AWD systems on offer require some explanation.

Laredo trims feature the Quadra-Trac I permanent AWD setup.

Quadra-Trac II, with a two-speed transfer case for greater off-road ability, can be installed in the Laredo but is the default system in the Limited and Overland.

Quadra-Drive II is optional on AWD Limited and Overland variants and standard on the AWD Trailhawk and Summit. It adds an electronic limited-slip rear differential.

Selec-Terrain is paired with the above systems. It's a feature that has pre-programmed settings of engine response, gearshift points, suspension and hill descent control for optimum traction on tricky surfaces like rocks, sand and snow.

Extra comfort for AWD versions comes from the Quadra-Lift optional air suspension that can also lower the vehicle for better aerodynamics or raise it for higher ground clearance. It operates automatically or manually.

Maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded is 68.3 cu ft. and 36.3 cu ft. behind the second seating row. Two removable storage bins under the trunk floor are ideal for muddy items.

Grand Cherokee Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Grand Cherokee Altitude 4x2 *Ltd Avail*$30,895 / $30,7456 Cylinder29319 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Altitude 4x4 *Ltd Avail*$33,195 / $33,0096 Cylinder29318 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee High Altitude 4x2 *Ltd Avail*$45,295 / $43,5356 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29519 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee High Altitude 4x4 *Ltd Avail*$48,295 / $46,4056 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29518 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 *Ltd Avail*$30,895 / $30,7456 Cylinder29319 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 *Ltd Avail*$33,195 / $33,0096 Cylinder29318 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Laredo E 4x2 *Ltd Avail*$30,895 / $30,7456 Cylinder29319 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Laredo E 4x4 *Ltd Avail*$33,195 / $33,0096 Cylinder29318 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Limited 4x2$38,495 / $37,2116 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29319 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4$40,495 / $39,1516 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29318 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Overland 4x2$45,295 / $43,5356 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29519 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4$48,295 / $46,4056 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29518 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee SRT 4x4 *Ltd Avail*$67,695 / $64,9358 Cylinder47513 / 198-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Sterling Edition 4x2 *Ltd Avail*$38,495 / $37,2116 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29319 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Sterling Edition 4x4 *Ltd Avail*$40,495 / $39,1516 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29318 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Summit 4x2$50,995 / $48,8366 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29519 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4$53,995 / $51,7066 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29518 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 4x4 *Ltd Avail*$86,200 / $81,9598 Cylinder Supercharged70711 / 178-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 *Ltd Avail*$43,595 / $42,0346 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder29518 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee a Safe Car?

The Grand Cherokee features anti-lock brakes and six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side curtain) along with traction and stability control. A rearview camera is standard in the Limited trim and up. Available technologies include blind spot monitoring and radar-based collision alert.

In government crash tests, the rear-drive Grand Cherokee scored four stars out of five overall, although it received five stars for both front and side protection. The AWD model's overall rating is five stars thanks to its greater rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Grand Cherokee its top rating of Good in all crash tests except the tricky small-overlap front crash test, where it was deemed Marginal (the institute's second-worst rating).

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5 Year Cost to Own

$53,604 ($0.71 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Trailer Tow Group IV
  • Active Safety Group
  • Sterling Edition Luxury Group
  • Insulation Group

Competition

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs the competition

2018 Dodge Durango -- A 7-seater based on the same platform as the Grand Cherokee but far more suited to on-road driving than getting muddy with its Jeep cousin. It's pretty good at what it does, though.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse -- All new for 2018 and super-spacious.

2018 Ford Explorer -- This is the usual rival to a Grand Cherokee, but it has become more of a crossover than a bona-fide SUV. Comes with third-row seating, and instead of a big V8, the Explorer employs a turbocharged V6.

2018 Land Rover Discovery -- There's a new generation expected for 2018 that will use a unibody construction instead of the old-school ladder-frame setup. It should be impressive, given Land Rover's all-terrain pedigree.

2018 Toyota 4Runner -- Perhaps not up to Jeep standards, but the 4Runner is no slouch away from the tarmac.

Used Mercedes-Benz M-Class -- Spend somewhere in the low- to mid-30s region, and an M-Class (now the GLE-Class) is feasible. Great engines, superb build, high-class ambience -- and someone else has already taken the depreciation hit.

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