2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
Thanks to its excellent on- and off-road performance, good safety scores and well-designed interior, the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the top midsize SUVs in the class.
The base Grand Cherokee comes with a V6 engine, which test drivers say supplies good power. A more powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine is optional. There is also an SRT8 performance model, which gets applause from the automotive press for its outstanding 470-horsepower V8 engine and sporty handling. All engines are paired to an automatic transmission. Critics think the Grand Cherokee has excellent off-road performance and they like its comfortable on-road ride. Test drivers say the steering feels well-connected to the road as well. Fuel economy is rated up to 17/23 mpg city/highway according to the EPA, which is about average for the class.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the 2013 Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.
Reviewers agree that the Grand Cherokee’s interior is one of the best in the class. The auto press says the cabin has comfortable seats in both rows, good fit and finish and intuitive controls and gauges. Where many midsize SUVs seat at least seven or eight, the Grand Cherokee only has seating for five. Fewer seats do not mean increased cargo space, though, as the Grand Cherokee's cargo capacity is below the class average. Still, test drivers note that the Grand Cherokee should accommodate most owners’ things and has ample cabin storage. The base trim is fairly sparsely-equipped. You’ll have to check off option boxes or opt for an upper trim level to get features like a backup camera, satellite radio and a voice-activated navigation system.
- "A stunning interior bolstered by cutting-edge infotainment and electronics systems awaits the lucky occupants while, underneath, Jeep's legendary 4-wheel-drive (4WD) systems prove the Grand Cherokee hasn't gone weak when it comes to its off-road capabilities." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "On-road refinement, a well-trimmed cabin and traditional off-road ability make the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee fully competitive with other midsize SUVs and crossovers." -- Edmunds
- "The Jeep Grand Cherokee balances pleasant and confident on-road handling with capable off-road tenacity. Good looking, comfortable interiors, a relatively modest exterior size, and a plethora of available options further increase its appeal." -- Consumer Guide
- "For families surrounded by concrete jungles rather than natural terrain, the … Jeep Grand Cherokee can be a lot more SUV than is needed on a day-to-day basis, but its stylish looks and powerful engine will win more than a few families over." -- Cars.com (2012)
Other SUVs to Consider
If you’re seeking an off-road alternative to the Grand Cherokee, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is a good choice. While reviewers think the FJ Cruiser’s ride isn’t as comfortable on-road, they praise its off-road performance. The FJ Cruiser also has a higher reliability rating and safety scores than the Grand Cherokee. Keep in mind that instead of a full set of rear doors, the FJ Cruiser has rear-hinged half doors that make it tougher to get in and out of the second row.
The Dodge Durango is a good alternative if you want an optional third row and can sacrifice off-road performance. The Durango is a corporate cousin of the Grand Cherokee, so they share a lot of the same attributes, such as comparable fuel economy and safety scores, but the Durango offers more cargo space.
Details: 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in five trims: Laredo, Laredo X, Limited, Overland and Overland Summit. For 2013, an all-new off-road-tuned Trailhawk model is available, and the performance-oriented SRT8 carries over. The base Grand Cherokee comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo system and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Higher trims come with features like a backup camera, a voice-activated navigation system and heated front and back seats. The Grand Cherokee was last redesigned in 2011, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2013 model years.