Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee ranks 3 out of 23 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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Automotive writers say that few SUVs can match the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s combination of extraordinary off-road performance, user-friendly tech features and a comfortable, high-quality interior. For having the best combination of factors that appeal to families, we named the Grand Cherokee our Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for Families.
The Grand Cherokee comes with a V6 engine, which test drivers say provides plenty of power in most situations. However, many prefer the new, optional turbodiesel V6, which provides ample power for towing or off-roading, as well as good fuel economy. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all 2014 Grand Cherokee models, and test drivers note that it offers quick, smooth shifts. The EPA reports that the base Grand Cherokee gets 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is a bit less than what most two-row midsize SUVs earn. In contrast, the diesel-powered Grand Cherokee gets up to 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is quite good for the class. Reviewers say that the Grand Cherokee’s predictable handling and small turning circle make it maneuverable whether you’re in a parking lot or a rocky trail, while the choice of several different optional four-wheel drive systems further enhance its off-pavement ability.
Reviewers agree that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has one of the nicest interiors in the class. One critic says that higher trims are as nice inside as a Range Rover, while another writes that even the base Grand Cherokee offers an attractive, high-quality interior. Most auto writers say that the five-seat Jeep Grand Cherokee has comfortable front and rear seats that offer plenty of legroom. An updated infotainment system also earns praise, as many reviewers note that it’s one of the most intuitive systems currently on the market. While some competing midsize SUVs have more overall cargo space, most test drivers write that the 2014 Grand Cherokee still has a useful amount of room. The Grand Cherokee comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-button start and Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system, which includes a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, an SD card slot and a 5-inch touch-screen display. Options and features available on higher trims include a sunroof, navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, an upgraded infotainment system, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery.
- "Its well-trimmed cabin is comfy for five, and it can handle a daily commute as easily as it does an off-road trail." -- Edmunds
- "Given that its framework is shared in large part with the latest Mercedes-Benz M-Class, the Grand Cherokee looks and feels remarkably upscale for a mainstream SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The 2014 Grand Cherokee is a subtle refresh, with money spent simply on what needed improvement, and the result is now one of the best vehicles Jeep has ever made." -- Cars.com
- "The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee bristles with tech that makes it not only a very comfortable and luxurious SUV, but a very capable off-road vehicle, as well." -- CNET
Other SUVs to Consider
The Ford Edge can’t match the Grand Cherokee’s off-road performance, but reviewers say that the Edge offers composed handling and an attractive interior design. The Edge also delivers great fuel economy when equipped with the available four-cylinder EcoBoost engine.
The Dodge Durango is built on the same platform as the Grand Cherokee, but the Durango also offers three rows of seats with room for up to seven people. If you fold the second and third row, the Durango also has more overall cargo space, and reviewers love the power from its available V8 engine.
Details: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee seats five and comes standard with rear-wheel drive. A 3.6-liter V6 engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. Powertrain options include multiple four-wheel drive systems, as well as 5.7- and 6.4-liter V8 engines and a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. The Grand Cherokee is available in a total of six trims: Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland, Summit and the high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. In addition to new standard and optional powertrain choices, the Jeep Grand Cherokee gets a revised Uconnect infotainment system for 2014. The Grand Cherokee saw its last full redesign in 2011. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 through the current model year.
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