First Drive: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Powertrain
Engine:
DOHC 3.6-liter V-6
Power: 290 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

Engine: OHV 5.7-liter V-8
Power: 360 hp @ 5150 rpm
Torque: 390 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

Engine: DOHC 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6
Power: 240 hp @ 3600 rpm
Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

Engine: OHV 6.4-liter
Power: 470 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 465 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Drive: Rear- or four-wheel

Chassis
Steering:
Electro-hydraulic (V-6 and diesel), hydraulically assisted rack-and-pinion (both V-8 models)
Front suspension: Short- and long-arm, coil-over-shock, adaptive damping (SRT) stabilizer bar
Rear suspension: Multi-link, coil springs, twin-tube shocks, adaptive damping (SRT), lower control arm, independent upper links, toe link, stabilizer bar (SRT)

Brakes: Four-wheel disc with ABS, ventilated front/solid rear; four-wheel ventilated disc with ABS (SRT)
Tires: P245/70R-17 all-season, P265/60R-18, P265/50R-20, P295/45ZR-20

Measurements
L x W x H:
189.8. x 76.5 x 69.3 in
Wheelbase: 114.8 in
Track F/R: 63.9/64.1 in, SRT 63.7/64.3 in
Weight: 4545-5208 lb, SRT 5150 lb
Ground clearance: 8.8-11.3 in, SRT 8.3 in
Angle of approach: 26.3-35.8 degrees, SRT 18.5
Ramp breakover: 18.8-23.5 degrees, SRT 17.8
Angle of departure: 26.5-29.6 degrees, SRT 21.9
Passenger volume: 105.4 cu ft
Cargo volume (behind first/second row): 68.3/36.3 cu ft, SRT 68.7/35.1 cu ft

Performance
0-60 mph:
4.8 sec (SRT)
Top Speed: 160 mph (SRT)
Towing: 6200-7400 lb, SRT 7200 lb

EPA Mileage (est.):
3.6-liter V-6
4x2 17/25 mpg
4x4 17/24 mpg

3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6
4x2 22/30 mpg
4x4 21/28 mpg

5.7-liter V-8
4x2 14/22 mpg
4x4 14/20 mpg

6.4-liter V-8
4x4 13/19 mpg

Suggested retail price/price as tested: $29,990-$64,990 (including shipping)

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Calvin Brown
Automobile reports the price differential for the diesel as $2300, but everywhere else, including the "insider" posts on jeep forums indicate $4500-5000.  A huge difference, and likely to make payback unlikely for most owners.   Diesels are great. but poor economically in the US.
ron74
got the 2011 in feb of that year, has never been a let down, on the contrary it does not slip in ice even when I try to, it crawls over clay ( yes clay) and mud and it is just amazing at the fuel economy we get. oil, air filter and tires make a huge difference on MPG I managed 25 MPG from indy to atlanta even after taking it offroad.  after owning several diesels in my past I can sayt that this is the best thing to come to a jeep. diesels are now clean, there is no premium like some say. if you want a v8 you have to add 2000 dollars to the tag, so if you want a diesel that outdoes a v8 in MPG, (703 miles on a tank!) tow power, city MPG and low torque then say 2300 higher than the v6 tag should not be a problem.  if you do the math here is how it would turn out.average price per gal now. 3.97   average price for diesel 4.29  that is a 8% difference ( price difference has been stable since 2010)
MPG on v6 gas 14     MPG on diesel 19 ( assuming worst case scenario)  since no one takes the time to learn to drive a car properly.   35% difference savings 27% so out of every 4.29 dollars of diesel you put in your tank you will be saving  1.16 over gas for a v8 the scene would be like this    :    12 MPG over 19 MPG on diesel  makes for 58 % in savings  and if the price of fuel is still at a an 8% difference then you would be saving 50 % or 2.15 out of every gallon of diesel. 
if you figure this in to the premium you paid for a diesel, say 3000 ( inflating the figures )  by the time your odometer hits 46512 on your v6 your premium would have paid for itself and everything from there on will be savings, if you where driving a v8 then you would hit your premium at 27907 miles.  v6 or v8, it is not even half the life of the engine. in my family we have owned a total of 6 diesels, and if you follow instructions and care for them they should last well over 100,000 miles without trouble. besides diesel engines have a longer running life than gas, just keep in mind you have a turbo under the hood; therefore it is not your average v6 and it needs proper heating and cooling times before and after use.
had AMERICA done the math years ago, everyone would be driving a diesel and savings tons of cash and the need for high diesel taxes would be long gone. because if everyone drove diesel, then more people pay diesel tax thus the tax can be lowered. common sense AMERICA.  diesel has been the alternative world wide, has a proven track record, is untouchable by even the most modern technologies and yet AMERICA hesitates to jump on the bandwagon.   it is also true that if there where more diesel cars on the road today we would need more diesel technicians and more competition means lower prices therefore the price to fix or maintain a diesel would be lower. seriously people, WAKE UP.
rick_young_sector7
likewise, i hope the diesel is a BIG seller for them (i'm a big diesel fan)... and i SURE hope that it shows up in the WRANGLER -- with a manual tranny!!! ... 
James Keola
The diesel model will be a sellout. How many people have been waiting for a diesel model? This is the best move Jeep has made.
XSKYCOP
Well, it sure sounds like the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee line is going to be a great improvement  over the last few models. I am thinking seriously about either the Summit with the hemi or , more likely , the SRT model. My problem is that I can't find a quality dealer here in Indy. Very poor dealer experiences  are the rule with Jeep and I don't have much tolerance for that at all . I will keep trying , but I won't buy  a vehicle from a dealership that isn't professional with  a good service facility !
BigBlock45
At first glace, the overwhelmingly positive Ahrens review seems to put the new Jeep (in most of its iterations) atop the Range Rover.  While its a great thought, I wonder at the lack of almost any kvetvhing about the weight or ergonomics of such a heavy machine. Yeah, rides in previous Cherokees (Limited and not) were nice.  I note the turbo-diesel puts out almost as much torgue at the 6.4 Liter albeit at much lower revs.. that's a great thing except for the price premium for buyng diesel.  Possibly the "tangy whiff" could disappear with use of biodiesel -- I'm thinking of McD's french fries or BK's fruit pies.  There seems to be an oblique reference to the Jeep's interior electronics not being quite up to snuff, but presumably that will be worked out BEFORE deliveries to dealers?!  All said, it seems a near top-of-the-line machine with the turbo-diesel is the way to order a new Cherokee since about all you'd be missing is the 160mph top-speed and the lack of ground clearance of the SRT.  Now if Jeep could include the 'wave your foot under the bumper' power hatch opener..... 
cdrlbs
I've owned a fantastic Wrangler Rubicon for the past two years. As I grow older the Grand Cherokee looks better and better...This may be it!
Geoff Ekenstam
these last 2 generations of Grand Cherokee have been better than any other SUV from the Big 3
Ninos Denkha
Good they didn't ruin this one.
Fan David
All SUV designs look alike except the grill. pretty sad.
Rick Reny
I agree, much better looking than the new cherokee
Dominick Ruggiero
by god thats ugly!
Reid Crowder
Much better looking than the Cherokee.
Jay Estrada Lim
moose test please lol
Seyed Hassan Dalil
its new Chrysler 300 SUV
Mike Diggs
the shape of the lights is what is important, gives the front a certain connotation they added the vent there to have some sort of use for the gap..
Tad Dunville
What I can't understand is the faux-vents under the inboard bottom corner of the headlights.
ericone
wow I want one

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