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#17

in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,657 - $29,028
Original MSRP: $30,450 - $44,845
MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
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2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior

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The 2009 Grand Cherokee's interior pleased most reviewers with a high-quality cabin that surpasses previous models. Still, the rear seats are uncomfortable and the cargo area is small for a midsize SUV.

  • "Cabin refinement is up thanks to two-tone decor and an upscale soft-touch dash pad." -- Autobytel
  • "The interior has few padded soft-touch surfaces, but materials have a rich grain and low-gloss finish." -- Consumer Guide
  • "When I climbed in, I was quite surprised at how cramped I felt. The Grand Cherokee doesn't look small on the outside -- it doesn't even look small on the inside. But it does feel small for an SUV." -- About.com

Seating

Reviewers appreciated the Grand Cherokee's spacious passenger space, but still find the rear seat cramped. In fact, one test driver said the Grand Cherokee's back seat could be the worst in the class.

  • "The Grand Cherokee has a decent 108.9 cubic feet of passenger space -- larger than the 4Runner's (103.1)." -- Cars.com
  • "Initially, I thought the seats were uncomfortable, too firm for my liking. But after a few hours behind the wheel, the hardness felt appropriate and the seat's bolsters provide additional support on tight turns without making me feel crammed or crowded." -- The Detroit News
  • "The rear bench is quite firm and not contoured for best comfort. Three adults fit, but none have much foot space. Outboard legroom is tight with the front seats moved far back. Headroom is just OK for six-footers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Smaller than the Ford Explorer and Toyota 4Runner, the Cherokee's rear legroom is tight and seat cushions hard and flat for both front and rear passengers. A low ride height does ease entry and exit, but some reviewers feel interior headroom does not accommodate tall adults." -- Car Gurus
  • "We can say with confidence this is one of the worst backseats in any midsize SUV. The seat bottom is short, low and hard, such that anyone over 5 feet in height will find himself sitting with splayed legs and zero thigh support." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Grand Cherokee's interior features won praise from reviewers, especially the simple controls. The most talked-about option for the 2009 Grand Cherokee when it was new was SIRIUS Backseat TV, which was the first-ever in-vehicle streaming video technology. It made its debut in the Grand Cherokee for 2008. The system receives a video feed via an in-vehicle satellite receiver and roof-mounted antennae. Another option for the Grand Cherokee when it was new was MyGig, an audio, navigation and entertainment system that includes a 20-gigabyte hard drive for storing music and photos.

  • "Easy-read gauges with simple, logically placed switchgear. Most climate controls are rotary knobs -- a plus -- but the optional navigation system absorbs too many audio functions and takes time to learn and adjust." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Compared with other cars I've tested recently, the 2009 Grand Cherokee seemed almost barren on the inside. It's not that the variety of accoutrements isn't sufficient, it's just that they aren't presented in a flashy way. Your eyes aren't immediately blinded by a large and glowing nav/entertainment system, which gives you the freedom to look elsewhere -- like the road, for instance. What a novel idea." -- Mother Proof

Cargo

Reviewers were disappointed by the cargo space in the 2009 Grand Cherokee, and found that it falls below midsize SUV standards. 

  • "Total space is ample by absolute standards but subpar for the class. Still, Grand Cherokee has good suitcase room behind split rear seat, which folds easily but doesn't make a fully flat deck. Rear-floor panel/tire cover reverses from carpet to plastic for messy loads and has a small built-in storage bin. Up-front cabin storage is good." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cargo space lags behind other midsize SUVs, starting out at 34.5 cubic feet and expanding to 67.4. Tiedowns, a cargo net, and a washable, reversible floor mat are standard, along with a roof rack." -- Car Gurus
  • "Jeep is a bit confused about what constitutes a full-size SUV, mentioning several times in its press release that the Grand Cherokee qualifies as one when, with a maximum cargo volume of 67.4 cu.-ft., this is clearly a small SUV." -- Autobytel

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