Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee ranks 8 out of 12 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as reliability and safety data.
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Test drivers say the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee sets itself apart with a top-tier cabin, remarkable off-roading ability and a composed driving experience.
A 3.6-liter V6 engine powers the base 2015 Grand Cherokee and generates ample punch, critics say. Optional engines include a diesel that provides good acceleration from a stop, they find, and two V8 engines that they say deliver exceptional acceleration, especially the larger 6.4-liter V8 in the high-performance SRT model. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission has silky shifts and is responsive, according to automotive writers. The base 2015 Grand Cherokee's 17/25 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating is a little lower than that of some comparable two-row midsize SUVs, but the diesel model's rating of 22/30 mpg is very good for the class. The Grand Cherokee has outstanding off-road capability, reviewers say. They also write that it is very well-mannered on pavement, with a compliant ride and controlled handling.
Reviewers find there are soft-touch materials and attractive wood trim in the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee's interior. Even the base model's cabin feels high-end, they say. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, automotive critics note, and they find abundant head- and legroom in the back seat. Reviewers like the Grand Cherokee's cargo space, and some note there are numerous interior storage areas for small items. The Grand Cherokee comes standard with a Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth and a USB port. A rearview camera, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, adaptive cruise control, a rear-seat entertainment system and Uconnect with an 8.4-inch touch screen are available. Critics are impressed with the straightforward operation of the Uconnect system, saying it is one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems available.
- "Among midsize SUVs, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the most versatile models on the market. As one would expect of a proper Jeep, the Grand Cherokee's off-roading abilities are exceptional, while an inviting interior and a platform co-developed with Mercedes-Benz give it the daily-driving refinement of a more expensive luxury vehicle." -- Left Lane News
- "The Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV comes closest to having it all: a high-tech and comfortable 5-passenger interior, genuine off-road capability and an array of engine choices. If you take the road less traveled, this is your ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "If you want a midsize SUV that does a little of everything, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the way to go. Its well-trimmed cabin is comfy for five, and it's one of the few remaining utility vehicles that can handle both off-road trails and daily commutes." -- Edmunds
- "Given its plethora of available models and options, the current-generation Grand Cherokee may very well be the most versatile vehicle extant, being equally suited for towing, off-roading, comfortable commuting, and outings to the ballet. (If it's not the most versatile, it's certainly a better value than others that might lay claim to the crown.)" -- Car and Driver (2014)
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Other SUVs to Consider
The Dodge Durango is mechanically related to the Grand Cherokee, and reviewers like its poised handling, comfortable ride and smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The Durango has three rows of seats, more overall cargo space than the Grand Cherokee and it also has the well-liked Uconnect infotainment system.
The two-row Hyundai Santa Fe Sport gets better fuel economy with its available turbocharged four-cylinder engine than the base Grand Cherokee, and test drivers say this engine has lots of power. The Santa Fe Sport has a bit more cargo space than the Grand Cherokee, and reviewers like its comfortable ride and high-quality cabin.
Details: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee seats five and comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and there are three four-wheel drive systems available. A 3.0-liter diesel engine and a 5.7-liter V8 are available. There are a total of six trim levels, including the Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland, Summit and high-performance Grand Cherokee SRT, which has a 6.4-liter V8. The Grand Cherokee saw its last full redesign in 2011 and sees few changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 through the current model year.
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