New for 2015
A new Argentina Tan leather interior becomes available, as well as a Summit California Edition, which features body-color lower trim, mirror caps and door handles, platinum chrome accents on the grille, 20-inch wheels, and a few more exterior trim pieces.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the automaker’s flagship luxury five-passenger SUV that slots above the Cherokee and Wrangler. It comes in a variety of different forms, from the economical EcoDiesel to the aggressive SRT.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with rear- or four-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic, and four engines. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is good for an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway in RWD trim, and just 17/24 mpg in 4WD. We think the V-6 is the best gas-burner in the lineup (SRT aside) as it is well matched to the eight-speed, provides adequate acceleration, can tow up-to 6,200 pounds, and provides reasonable economy. The available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 churns out 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, and is able to pull a 7,400 pound trailer in 4WD trim, but gets an EPA-estimated 14/22 mpg in RWD form, and 14/20 mpg in 4WD.
The real gem of the bunch in the 2015 Grand Cherokee lineup is the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that makes 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, good for an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg RWD and 21/28 4WD, and matches the Hemi in towing capacity. The high-performance Grand Cherokee SRT is powered by a 475-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that makes 470 lb-ft of torque, comes only in 4WD, and gets an EPA-estimated 13/19 mpg.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee received a five- and four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, with the 4WD models getting the higher rating (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing the Jeep Grand Cherokee was considered a 2013 Top Safety Pick, but due to the rating of marginal in the small front overlap category, did not meet the stricter criteria for 2014.
What We Think
“After a few weeks in our fleet, the Jeep [2014 Grand Cherokee] earned our highest compliment: if we had to actually own a car—and not blithely glide in and out of press vehicles—the Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel would be near the top of our shopping list.” The reason the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 earned such high praise? “It’s hard to imagine opting for the Hemi V-8 because this diesel feels like just the right amount of power to me … the transmission mates very well to the diesel V-6, keeping the engine in the meaty part of the torque band and making the Grand Cherokee feel sprightly.”
The versatility of the Grand Cherokee line is impressive, and one we find ourselves enjoying. The “entry level” Laredo trim level competes with Toyota Highlanders while the SRT sets its sights on things like the BMW X5 M. A wide range of available powerplants, extremely capable off-road, luxurious interior, modern styling: you can get a Grand Cherokee for just about any combination of needs. The turbodiesel V-6 provides stellar fuel economy, plenty of towing capacity, and you can hardly tell it’s a diesel.
- Turbodiesel V-6 fuel economy
- SRT performance
- Excellent interior
You Won’t Like
- Can get pricey with options
- No third-row seat option
- Toyota Highlander
- Volkswagen Touareg
- Ford Explorer
- Acura MDX