The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a premium midsize SUV. It offers a combination of features and performance capability to please discriminating buyers and even convert others to appreciate driving an SUV.
Jeep Grand Cherokee has been around for a long time and is considered iconic. The 2018 version is offered in nine trims that cover a wide range of features and enhancements. The basic Laredo offers value with 17-inch Tech Silver aluminum wheels and rear combination window washer-wiper-defroster. At the other end of the scale is the impressive Trackhawk model, with features such as power-controlled heated auto-dimming exterior mirrors with embedded turn signals, front and rear body-colored fascias, and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.
FCA produces the Grand Cherokee with three different engines that all work well with the four-wheel drive train and eight-speed automatic transmission. The standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine is rated at 295 horsepower and has no difficulty with acceleration. A step up to the SRT model offers a bit more power with a 6.2-liter V-8 that gets 475 horsepower. At the top of the line, the Trackhawk comes with a hefty 6.4-liter V-8 that is rated at 707 horsepower.
Each of the three engine variations offers exceptional power for acceleration and can tow up to 7,200 pounds. Fuel economy may be slightly above average for the class at 26 mpg on the highway. With the Trackhawk some compromise can be expected, as the power to accelerate and deliver 707 horsepower is supplied by a fuel consumption rated at 17 mpg on the highway. Optional air suspension provides a smoother ride, and steering and cornering remain balanced and precise.
The spacious cabin of the five-seater Grand Cherokee is attractively designed in premium-quality materials. The driver and passenger seats are power-controlled, heated, and ventilated. They offer enhanced ergonomics while the driver handles the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift-control lever. Options for upgrading the upholstery include choices of Nappa leather or suede. The central focus of the cabin interior is the outstanding infotainment system, which includes Chrysler Uconnect interface for controlling the auto Apple CarPlay or Android Auto operating systems.
Jeep Grand Cherokee is designed with brawn and style, but there is no shortage of safety features to protect the driver and occupants. Features such as the rear parking sensors and rearview cameras can reduce collisions. Rear parking assist can help reveal blind spots, and the electronic control stability system helps maintain vehicle control during skids. Many other features, such as rain brake support, seven air bags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Keyless Enter 'n Go with proximity entry, and push-button start are standard on most vehicles.