• Sign in
  • |
  • Sign up

Car Review

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee: New Car Review

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD Trailhawk
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP $48,230
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD Limited
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP $43,480
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD Limited
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP $43,480
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD Laredo
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP $41,180
RELATED READING
See all Jeep Grand Cherokee articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Autotrader February 2017

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee premium midsize SUV is a great all-rounder. It can provide tranquil transportation to soothe the jangled nerves of the Friday night commute, or it can take a family deep into the woods for a weekend camping trip. It's spacious, comfortable, capable and easily one of the top SUVs for the price

The ability to negotiate tough terrain remains a major factor in the Grand Cherokee's appeal and an important part of the Jeep identity. So there's a choice of all-wheel-drive systems, among other off-roading features, to go with a range of highly regarded engines, including a turbodiesel V6.

What's New for 2017?

A new Trailhawk version joins the range, bristling with off-roading goodies like Kevlar-reinforced all-terrain tires and its own suspension setup. Summit and SRT models receive tweaked front-end styling plus upgrades to their cabins. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are standard in every Grand Cherokee.

What We Like

Superior off-road capability; first-rate build and interior quality; good driving dynamics; torquey and fuel-efficient turbodiesel V6

What We Don't

Indifferent fuel economy, except the diesel; diesel engine gets a little noisy; pricey upper-level models

How Much?

$31,290-$67,890

Fuel Economy

Using 8-speed automatic transmissions in every version, the Grand Cherokee starts with a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) puts consumption at 17 miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in combined driving with rear-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, those numbers are 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined.

A 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 is optional in the Limited, Overland and Summit. Output is 240 hp and a muscular 420 lb-ft of torque, while fuel economy is an excellent 22 mpg city/30 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined in rear-drive form or 21 mpg city/28 mpg hwy/24 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. In rear-drive form, this engine can tow 7,400 pounds.

Also available in the Limited, Overland and Summit is a 5.7-liter V8 that develops 360 hp and 390 lb-ft. EPA figures are 14 mpg city/22 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. This engine can tow 7,200 pounds.

The SRT's extreme 6.4-liter V8 rumbles with 475 hp and 470 lb-ft. Fuel consumption is 13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy/15 mpg combined.

Standard Features & Options

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit and SRT trims.

The Laredo ($31,290) is the entry model but still comes with a decent interior. The dashboard and door panels are mostly covered in premium materials, and the list of standard equipment is generous -- including 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, a tilt-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a 5-in touchscreen interface and a 6-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs.

At the Limited ($38,890) and Overland ($45,690) levels, cabin quality resembles that of a BMW or Land Rover. These trims are also eligible for the 5.7-liter V8 or the diesel engine. 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 front and rear, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a 115-volt outlet, and a 9-speaker audio system with satellite radio and two USB ports.

The Overland 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 ($43,990) version is described by Jeep as the most capable Grand Cherokee ever. It has the special tires mentioned earlier, the all-wheel-drive system comes with low-range gearing and an electronic limited-slip rear differential, the air suspension is adjustable, and the model also includes skid plates, hill ascent/descent control, dedicated off-road instruments, power-folding side mirrors and various styling touches inside and out.

The Summit ($51,390) comes standard with practically every upgrade available, including adaptive cruise control, collision warning with emergency braking, front parking sensors, a self-parking function, 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 ($67,890) 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.

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

The SRT aside, the Grand Cherokee comes with rear-wheel drive as standard. The all-wheel-drive systems on offer require some explanation.

Laredo trims feature the Quadra-Trac I permanent all-wheel-drive setup.

Quadra-Trac II, with a 2-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 all-wheel-drive Limited and Overland variants and standard on the all-wheel-drive Trailhawk and Summit. It adds an electronic limited-slip rear differential.

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

Extra comfort for all-wheel-drive versions comes from the Quadra-Lift optional air suspension, which can lower the vehicle for better aerodynamics or raise it for higher ground clearance. It can operate either automatically or manually.

Maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded is 68.3 cu ft, and there are two removable storage bins under the trunk floor that are ideal for muddy items.

Safety

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 becomes standard in the Limited trim. 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 all-wheel-drive 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 small-overlap front crash test, where the Jeep was deemed Marginal (the second-worst rating).

Behind the Wheel

On pavement, the Grand Cherokee delivers a reassuring drive, feeling nimble and responsive. The suspension is firm but not harsh, absorbing bumps quickly and confidently. With the base V6, acceleration is perfectly adequate. The diesel V6 packs a big turbocharged punch at low revs and the V8 engines are plain awesome. The SRT has an all-wheel-drive system tuned especially for high performance, giving a phenomenal mix of power and grip.

Away from the pavement (the Summit model is too luxurious to earn Jeep's "Trail Rated" accolade), the compliant suspension, all-wheel-drive ability, terrain response system and useful ground clearance (SRT excepted) all combine to make the Grand Cherokee a genuine off-roader -- a true Jeep.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 Ford Explorer -- The usual rival to the Grand Cherokee, the Explorer has become more of a crossover than a bona-fide SUV. Comes with third-row seating and a turbocharged V6 instead of a big V8.

2017 Lexus RX 350 -- Not renowned for any off-road ability, the RX is nevertheless one of the best-selling premium midsize crossovers.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg -- Although the Touareg can't match the Grand Cherokee's sophisticated all-wheel-drive skill set, it's still adept at medium-duty off-roading. And its on-road manners are impeccable.

Used Mercedes-Benz M-Class -- Plan to spend somewhere in the low-to-mid $30,000s and a used M-Class becomes feasible. Great engines, superb build, high-class ambience -- and someone else has already taken the depreciation hit.

Autotrader's Advice

A Limited with the 3.6-liter gasoline V6 is a popular choice among Grand Cherokee buyers, and it's hard to argue against. Diesel isn't enjoying the best of reputations right now, but the GC's turbo V6 option makes a lot of torque while keeping fuel bills in check. Depending on your requirements, that could be a better way to go.

Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD Trailhawk
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP $48,230
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD Limited
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP $43,480
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD Limited
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP $43,480
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD Laredo
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP $41,180
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee: New Car Review - Autotrader