Fourth generation 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is carlike SUV sport utility, everyday companion, good constructed, five seater, six cylinder engine, optional two V-8s and turbo diesel , rear or 4 wheel drive, good cargo and enough space for people with not good fuel economy. High performance SRT is to cost around $66,690.
Jeep's off road ability is far better and very good compare to other brand in same segment. Summit's finery includes dual pane panoramic sunroof, accoustic laminated windshield and side glass, active noise cancellation, illuminated doorsill plates, power folding side mirrors, 20 inch aluminium polished wheels, 825 w Harman/Kardon audio with 19 speakers, navigation, blind sport monitoring, rear cross path detection, a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, Quadra Lift air suspension, forward collision warning.
Base Laredo offers four wheel drive Quadra Trac I, single speed transfer case with even front to rear torque split. While Limited and higher models occupies Quadra-Trac II having two speed transfer case for hill desert control and Selec Terrain dial to optimize mechanicals for different type of surfaces as sand, snow, rocks, muds. Third and four wheel drive comes in Hemi V-8 which adds electronic limited slip rear differentials with Selec Speed works at ultra row off road cruise control.
V-6 producing 295 hp for base Laredo, while Limited, Overland and Summit can opt among 5.7 liter Hemi V-8 and 3.0 liter EcoDiesel. SRT comes with 475 hp 6.4 liter Hemi. Pairing with eight speed automatic transmission, with traditional PRND gear selection. EPA rating got improved by a bit due to lighter suspension components, lower rolling resistance tires and auto start stop. V-6 provides 18/25 mpg while diesel gets 21/28 mpg i.e. city/highway rating respectively, these figures are for four wheel drive. V-6 takes 7.1 seconds to reach 60 mph, while V-8 took 6.5 seconds last year.
Quadra-Lift adjust height automatically for better ground clearance and steering driving is all time busy with front to rear rocking motion. Handling gets more secure, brakes are quiet good takes 181 feet to stop from 70 mph. Customer seeking sporting on road behaviour need to look for SRT by paying extra.
Summit has leather covered dashboard, brown and black two tone interior, wood trimmed partially on steering wheel. Base Laredo has to pay extra for 8.4 inch UConnect touchscreen having logical menus and touch points. Knobs available for fine tune, HVAC fan control for heated steering, heated and cooled seats. Rear seat space got more better, Summit and Overland provides extra large sunroof over front and rear seats.
Good vehicle to spend time with, V-6 did a good job.