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2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

The Good

The 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee remains one of the most capable off-road (and on-pavement) midsize SUVs available today, with a wide range of engine options, a comfortably upscale cabin, a classic yet contemporary exterior design, and three different four-wheel-drive systems designed for solid performance, no matter where the road leads.

The Bad

The '09 Grand Cherokee's cabin and cargo space seem cramped compared to the more spacious interiors offered by some competitive SUVs, and many owners would like to see better fuel economy from the Grand Cherokee's range of engines.

The CarGurus View

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2009 Grand Cherokee continues to live up to its legendary status as a solid, comfortable, and safe SUV, and remains a popular choice for adventuring families who like to leave behind the paved roads of civilization as often as possible. A new Hemi V8 provides Class IV towing capacity, the best in its class, making the Grand Cherokee a good option for drivers who regularly tow boats or trailers. While the Grand Cherokee has its drawbacks, including cabin size, cargo capacity, and fuel economy, most will find it a well-equipped, capable performer.

At a Glance

The Grand Cherokee cranks up the power for 2009, thanks to a new 5.7-liter V8 Hemi engine, which now generates an impressive 357 hp, an increase of 27 hp over last year's V8. The new Hemi joins four other Grand Cherokee engines, including a turbodiesel and a flex-fuel V8 (both updated last year), as well as a monstrous 6.1-liter Hemi V8, which practically requires its own zip code (and dedicated fueling station). The Grand Cherokee remains the only SUV available today with a choice of five engines, giving potential buyers plenty to look at and consider when visiting showrooms.

The 2009 Grand Cherokee also receives a new UConnect multimedia system, which integrates radio, digital music, GPS navigation, and wireless cell phones, and enables drivers to turn the Grand Cherokee into a WiFi hotspot. In addition, Jeep adds a new leather trim package.

A true off-road SUV, the '09 Grand Cherokee features a new two-piece lower front fascia. When heading off-road, drivers can remove the lower front piece, which results in additional clearance. The Grand Cherokee retains its signature seven-slot grille and round headlights, as well as its aerodynamically sloped windshield, trapezoidal wheel openings, and squarish rear end, all of which give the Grand Cherokee a contemporary appearance while retaining some of its classic design elements.

The 2009 Grand Cherokee comes in base Laredo, midrange Limited, high-end Overland, and high-performance SRT8 trims. All come with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, except the SRT8, available only with a four-wheel-drive configuration. Jeep offers three different types of four-wheel-drive systems on the Grand Cherokee, including the Quadra-Trac I and II and the Quadra-Drive II, depending on the trim.

Drivetrain

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Each of the Grand Cherokee's trims comes with a standard engine, and some trims are available with optional engines. At the entry-level position, a 210-hp, 3.7-liter V6 engine powers the base Laredo trim, although drivers can upgrade to a 4.7-liter FlexFuel V8. Stepping up a notch, the midlevel Limited comes equipped with the 4.7-liter FlexFuel V8 as its standard powerplant. This engine runs on either regular unleaded or E85 ethanol fuel and delivers 305 hp and 334 lb-ft of torque.

Next up the line, the Overland trim receives the new 5.7-liter Hemi V8 as its standard powerplant. The 5.7-liter V8, which is available as an option on the Limited trim, was redesigned to provide not only more horsepower but better fuel economy as well, thanks to variable valve timing, which improves engine breathing. In addition, a fuel-saver feature deactivates four cylinders when power demand levels off, reducing fuel usage. The new V8 runs on regular unleaded fuel, and delivers a towing capacity of 7,400 pounds, the best in its class. (Towing capacity starts at 3,500 pounds for the Laredo and ranges up from there, depending on the trim.)

The performance-oriented SRT8 trim comes equipped only with the big 6.1-liter Hemi V8, which definitely differentiates it from the other Grand Cherokee trims. The big V8 produces 420 lb-ft of torque, enough to drive the Grand Cherokee from 0 to 60 in under five seconds, turning the SUV into a rocket. All engines link to a five-speed automatic transmission except the new 5.7-liter V8, which mates to a multi-speed automatic transmission designed for optimum efficiency and manual as well as automatic shifting.

Drivers can also opt for a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine, although reports indicate it will be a different V6 diesel than the one offered in 2008 (a Cummins diesel as opposed to 2008's Mercedes-built diesel). It should be available on the Limited and Overland trims.

Fuel economy for the Grand Cherokee ranges from 16/21 mpg for the Laredo with the V6 engine to 14/19 for the Limited with the 4.7-liter V8 to 13/19 for the Overland with the new Hemi V8. Scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to fuel economy, the SRT8 ekes out just 11/14. The V6 diesel engine, however, manages a respectable 18/23 mpg. (These are 2008 numbers; fuel economy for 2009 should be similar.)

Just like the engines, the Grand Cherokee's four-wheel-drive systems differ by trim. The Laredo comes equipped with the full-time Quadra-Trac I, which features a single-speed transfer case and a new traction control system. The Limited receives the full-time Quadra-Trac II, which includes a two-speed transfer case and the new traction control system. The Overland gets the Quadra-Drive II system, which provides a full-time transfer case and electronic limited slip differentials on both axles, as well as low-range and neutral modes. The SRT8 uses the Quadra-Trac on-demand system, which drives the rear driveshaft and engages the front driveshaft when needed. The SRT8's four-wheel-drive system does not offer low-range gearing.

Ride & Handling

The Grand Cherokee sits on a car-like platform, which provides a smooth, comfortable ride and agile handling, both on pavement and off-road. The SUV's suspension does a good job of damping the bumps and rough spots of roads, so occupants feel very little harshness inside the cabin. At higher speeds, however, the Grand Cherokee does tend to float through dips and low spots in the road, and some drivers and reviewers note a bit of body roll and lean in tight curves. Overall, though, the Grand Cherokee feels tight and solid. Steering is quick but not overly precise, reviewers note.

While the Grand Cherokee offers a comfortable interior, many find the rear seats too firm for long-term comfort. In addition, many complain about tight legroom in the back seat, especially when occupied by three adults. Many also find headroom tight for taller adults.

Interior storage compartments include bins and cubbies in the center console, glove box, and doors, as well as a driver's side storage cubbie located below and to the left of the steering wheel.

Cabin & Comfort

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2009 Cherokee seats up to five in two rows, with 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Overall, the Grand Cherokee's cabin offers less room than the interiors of some competing SUVs, such as the Ford Explorer and Toyota 4Runner. Some drivers and reviewers note a definite cramped feeling inside, especially for an SUV that looks larger on the outside. However, most agree that the Grand Cherokee's cabin makes good use of high-quality materials and components, with a soft-touch padded dash and interior surfaces, a two-tone instrument panel (with a darker upper portion designed to reduce sun glare), and an overall appearance that doesn't look cheap or plasticky.

The Laredo trim comes standard with cloth bucket seats, while the Limited, Overland, and SRT8 feature leather-trimmed seating. A leather trim package, new for 2009, adds leather doors and armrests. Heated front-row seats come standard on the Limited and Overland.

Standard features for the Laredo include an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and a six-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD player, an MP3 input jack, and Sirius satellite radio. The Limited and SRT8 add a four-way power-adjustable passenger's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 276-watt Boston Acoustics audio system with a six-disc in-dash DVD changer. The Overland adds second-row heated seats, a wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and memory for the driver's seat.

In addition, the Limited and Overland trims come equipped with a power sunroof and power-adjustable pedals, while the Overland adds Smartbeam headlights, a parking assist system, and a rear backup camera, among other features. All trims come equipped with the UConnect multimedia system, although each trim up the line adds a greater level of functionality.

Many drivers and reviewers note the limited cargo space in the Grand Cherokee, when compared to competing SUVs. However, for everyday use, most drivers will find cargo space adequate. With the rear seats up, the Grand Cherokee offers 34.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 68.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The cargo area also comes with a reversible storage tray in the cargo-area floor, a cargo compartment cover, and cargo tie-downs.

Safety

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2009 Cherokee received a five-star safety rating in front and side impact tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, it achieved only a three-star rating in rollover tests.

Standard safety features include dual front-side and side curtain airbags for both rows, four-wheel antilock brakes, and an Electronic Stability Program. In addition, the Limited and Overland trims with four-wheel drive come equipped with Hill Assist, which keeps the Grand Cherokee from rolling backward when starting from a full stop on an incline, and Hill Descent, which ensures a smooth and controlled descent on rough or slippery terrain.

What Owners Think

Owners, especially those with families, find the '09 Grand Cherokee comfortable, capable, and fun to drive. It's especially popular with households who need space and comfort for family trips, as well as adventuring drivers who need a solid off-roader. Overall, owners like the Grand Cherokee's interior comfort, ergonomics, and car-like handling. The SRT8 with its big Hemi also proves popular with some drivers, although many would like to see better gas mileage. The Grand Cherokee also gets good marks for its rugged exterior styling, reliability, and value.

On the downside, some find fault with the Grand Cherokee's small cabin and consider the ride somewhat noisy and occasionally harsh at higher speeds.

Similarly, CarGurus drivers find the Grand Cherokee fun to drive, although many would like to see better gas mileage. Many like the diesel engine, which they call quiet, powerful, and economical. Many also like the powerful SRT8, although some note it's not economical for long trips.

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2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Review


2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8  (select to view enlarged photo)
2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

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By
JOHN HEILIG

SPECIFICATIONS


Model:2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Engine: 6.1-liter SRT HEMI V8
Horsepower/Torque: 420 hp @ 6200 rpm/420 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic with manual mode
Wheelbase: 109.5 in.
Length/Width/Height: 195.1 x 84.3 x 66.7 in.
Tires: 255/45ZR20 (F)/285/40ZR20 (R)
Cargo volume: 34.5/637.4 cu. ft. (rear seats up/folded)
Fuel economy: 11 mpg city/14 mpg highway/10.7 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 20.5 gal.
Sticker: $49,095 (includes $730 destination charge and $6,365 in options)

The Bottom Line: The Grand Cherokee SRT8 is what it has always been; one of the best four-door SUVs available (for a time it was the only one). It's a great package, but 86 the SRT8 and go with a good V6 or V8 with not so much power.

The Grand Cherokee has always represented the top-of-the-line in sport utilities. While its styling has remained conservative, while others have gone more modern or aerodynamic, the GC has always remained true to its heritage. After all, it was one of the first four-door SUVs around, and remains one of the classics.

That said, I don't know if I'm that thrilled with the SRT8 version of the GC. The Grand Cherokee is available with four engines besides the 6.1-liter HEMI V8 ion the S RT. For example, there's a 210 hp 3.7-liter V6, a 305 hp 4.7-liter V8, a 357 hp 5.7-liter V8 and a 215 hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. My choice woul dbe the 4.7-liter V8 because it has adequate power without getting too crazy.

Now I'll admit it might be a generational thing, but I feel the Grand Cherokee is not the type of vehicle that's suited to SRT8 treatment. It works fine in a Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300 (all of which will be reviewed at a later date), but for the Grand Cherokee, which has a more practical end use, I'd forget about it.

However, one of the advantages of the SRT8 treatment is front bucket seats that offer incredible side support. These aren't Recaro seats by any means, but they're a lot better than the standard seats. They're also heated, which made the first spell of wicked winter cold a little more bearable.

The SRT8 also offers humungous 20-inch rims and ti res, but I believe it's possible to get around with slightly smaller tires.

Being a Grand Cherokee, the SRT8 drives and handles like a quality SUV. The suspension has been beefed up to accept the additional power, but it's not too hard to make the ride uncomfortable. In fact, my wife commented several times how nice the GC was to ride in.

The enormous power reached all four wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission that has a nice manual mode. To shift manually, simply tap the gear ever to the right or left for upshifts or downshifts and away you go. The four-wheel drive is Quadra-Trac Active On Demand 4WD, Jeep's proprietary system, and it's good.

I liked the instrument panel, which brought back memories of all those British cars I used to drive in the 1950s. The instruments are clear and easy-to-read.

Rear legroom in the Grand Cherokee is tight. I found my knees were butted up against the back of the front seat. While the transmission tunnel hump in the back is fairly low, it still isn't low enough for an adult to sit in the middle. It would be great for someone whose feet don't reach the floor, however. there's a pull-down armrest if there isn't a center passenger. the rear seat backs also fold to increase cargo capacity, although we found the volume behind the second row seats to be more than adequate. With the seat backs up, there's 34.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity, 67.4 cubic feet with the seat backs down.

Headroom in the back is excellent.

We liked the audio system, which is easy to understand and find stations. The screen flips forward to access the CD player. The navigation system also offers both 2D and 3D maps, so that you can get a good idea of the streets and roads in your vicinity or get an idea of what's in the distance. My son-i n-law said he prefers the 3D view, while I prefer the 2D view, so it's a matter of personal preference.

On feature I found unacceptable with the Grand Cherokee was its fuel economy. While driving with a Jeep engineer at Chrysler's 2009 vehicle introductions, he noted (with pride) that economy had improved by 1 mpg in the Grand Cherokee. This was when gas prices were near $4 a gallon. The "economy" numbers in our tester were 11 mpg city/14 mpg highway and 10.7 mpg test, all of which are simply too low.

Again, a smaller engine would solve the economy problem, at least to a small extent, while eliminating jerky starts.

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Introduction

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers superior off-road capability comparable to that of the upscale Land Rover LR3. This makes the Grand Cherokee a fine choice for families who venture off-road or vacation in the mountains or other remote areas. 

Its edgy and angular lines make it instantly recognizable as a Jeep. Inside, the atmosphere is light, comfortable, and enveloping, with lots of seat adjustments, and excellent outward vision around relatively slim windshield posts. 

With nearly 70 cubic feet of cargo space, the Grand Cherokee is useful for hauling whatever a family may need. 

A wide range of engines is available. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is updated for 2009, increasing from 330 to 357 horsepower. The Hemi is particularly good for towing or driving at higher elevations. The high-performance SRT8 model has a 420-horsepower 6.1-liter Hemi V8 and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The smaller, 4.7-liter overhead-cam V8 works quite well and it can run on gasoline or up to 85 percent ethanol. 

The Grand Cherokee also offers a Mercedes-Benz 3.0-liter common-rail turbo-diesel (CRD) V6, allowing it to tow up to 7,400 pounds (with proper equipment) and range 425 miles between fill-ups. The diesel engine makes it frugal for an SUV of its size. 

Grand Cherokee was last redesigned for the 2005 model year. The current Grand Cherokee offers better handling than that of pre-2005 models, leaning less in corners. It rides better on all surfaces and its turning radius is tighter. 

Four-wheel-drive models have hill-start assist and hill-descent control. Hill-start assist holds the brakes on a hill to allow smooth launches. Hill-descent control uses the ABS to control the rate of speed when driving down steep hills. 

A trailer sway control system is available that applies braking pressure to individual wheels to help stabilize trailers during towing. 

Also new for 2009 is tire-pressure monitoring and fuel saver notification displays in the instrument panel, an available 9-inch rear DVD entertainment screen in place of an 8-inch screen, and an available iPod interface. 

Lineup

The 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee is offered in four trim levels. 

The Grand Cherokee Laredo ($30,150) comes with a 210-hp, 3.7-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission. Air conditioning is standard, along with cloth upholstery, cruise control, power windows, power heated mirrors, power locks with remote keyless entry, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, AM/FM/CD audio with auxiliary input jack, Sirius satellite radio, driver information center, 60/40 split folding rear seat, engine immobilizer, water-resistant storage compartment, roof rack and P245/65R17 tires with alloy wheels. Leather seats are available in an option package with much of the equipment from the Limited model. 

Laredo 4WD ($32,120) features Quadra-Trac I full-time four-wheel drive and a full-size spare tire. Quadra-Drive II full-time active 4WD is optional ($795) with either engine. Quadra-Drive II adds low-range gearing, hill ascent and descent control, a special axle ratio, and front, center, and rear limited-slip differentials. It also comes with skid plates and front tow hooks. The Laredo can be ordered with the 4.7-liter V8 ($930). If this engine is chosen with AWD, the price is $1730 and it also comes with Quadra-Trac II, which includes low-range gearing. Buyers can also opt for the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 ($2760 with 2WD, $3560 with 4WD). 

Grand Cherokee Limited ($36,920) comes with leather upholstery; heated first- and second-row seats; rear obstacle detection; rear backup camera; dual-zone automatic climate control; sunroof; Boston Acoustics six-speaker, 276-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 capability; power adjustable pedals; four-way power passenger seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel; memory function for the seats, pedals and mirrors; automatic, self-dimming headlamps; rain-sensing automatic wipers; auto-dimming exterior and rearview mirrors; HomeLink universal garage door opener; an upgraded tire-pressure monitor that displays the status of individual tires; fog lights; remote engine starting; and a 115-volt power outlet. The Limited also comes with Jeep's UConnect GPS and UConnect Phone. UConnect GPS includes a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic, a 6.5-inch touch-screen, an iPod adapter and a 30-gigabyte hard drive to hold music and picture files, as well as navigation map information. UConnect Phone provides a wireless cell phone link. Limited 4WD ($39,010) gets all that plus hill start assist, hill descent control, and Quadra-Trac II with low-range gearing. Quadra-Drive II is an option. 

The 4.7-liter V8 is optional for both 2WD ($930) and 4WD ($1580) Limiteds. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is optional ($1750) for both 2WD and 4WD Limiteds, and the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 is optional for both 2WD ($2760) and 4WD ($3560) models. Other options consist of a rear DVD entertainment system with Sirius BackSeat TV ($1720), chrome 18-inch wheels ($995), Class II and IV trailer hitches ($280-$430), and high-intensity discharge headlamps with auto leveling ($500). Sirius Backseat TV includes three child-oriented channels: Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. 

Grand Cherokee Overland ($41,110) comes with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, and adds a wood-and-leather steering wheel, real wood accents on the doors and console, two-tone leather and ultra-suede seats embroidered with the Overland logo, a leather-covered console and armrest, the high-intensity discharge headlamps with auto leveling, a Class IV trailer hitch, and chromed 18-inch aluminum wheels with P245/50R18 tires. Platinum accents highlight the exterior. Overland 4WD ($44,545) adds Quadra-Drive II. The 3.0-liter diesel engine is optional for 2WD and 4WD Overland models ($1010). 

Grand Cherokee SRT8 ($42,665) comes with a 6.1-liter Hemi rated at 420 horsepower, a lowered suspension, performance brakes, its own electronic all-wheel-drive system, and P244/45R20 front and P285/40R20 rear run-flat tires. Distinctive bumper fascias and 20-inch wheels make SRT8 instantly identifiable. Inside, the SRT8 adds to Laredo trim with leather and suede sport seats, special trim, a four-way power front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a Boston Acoustics sound system with six-disc CD changer, and a universal garage door opener. Also standard are auto-dimming rearview and exterior mirrors and automatic headlights. Options can bring an SRT8 nearly up to the Overland level of comfort and convenience. 

Safety features that come on all models include front air bags with four levels of deployment, head-protecting side curtain air bags with rollover deployment, LATCH-style car-seat anchors in the rear seats, traction control, an electronic stability program (ESP) with roll mitigation, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitor. Also available are rear obstacle detection, a rear backup camera, hill descent control, hill start assist, and trailer sway control. 

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2009 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers superior off-road capability comparable to that of the upscale Land Rover LR3. This makes the Grand Cherokee a fine choice for families who venture off-road or vacation in the mountains or other remote areas.

Its edgy and angular lines make it instantly recognizable as a Jeep. Inside, the atmosphere is light, comfortable, and enveloping, with lots of seat adjustments, and excellent outward vision around relatively slim windshield posts.

With nearly 70 cubic feet of cargo space, the Grand Cherokee is useful for hauling whatever a family may need.

A wide range of engines is available. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is updated for 2009, increasing from 330 to 357 horsepower. The Hemi is particularly good for towing or driving at higher elevations. The high-performance SRT8 model has a 420-horsepower 6.1-liter Hemi V8 and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The smaller, 4.7-liter overhead-cam V8 works quite well and it can run on gasoline or up to 85 percent ethanol.

The Grand Cherokee also offers a Mercedes-Benz 3.0-liter common-rail turbo-diesel (CRD) V6, allowing it to tow up to 7,400 pounds (with proper equipment) and range 425 miles between fill-ups. The diesel engine makes it frugal for an SUV of its size.

Grand Cherokee was last redesigned for the 2005 model year. The current Grand Cherokee offers better handling than that of pre-2005 models, leaning less in corners. It rides better on all surfaces and its turning radius is tighter.

Four-wheel-drive models have hill-start assist and hill-descent control. Hill-start assist holds the brakes on a hill to allow smooth launches. Hill-descent control uses the ABS to control the rate of speed when driving down steep hills.

A trailer sway control system is available that applies braking pressure to individual wheels to help stabilize trailers during towing.

Also new for 2009 is tire-pressure monitoring and fuel saver notification displays in the instrument panel, an available 9-inch rear DVD entertainment screen in place of an 8-inch screen, and an available iPod interface.

Model Lineup

The 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee is offered in four trim levels.

The Grand Cherokee Laredo ($30,150) comes with a 210-hp, 3.7-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission. Air conditioning is standard, along with cloth upholstery, cruise control, power windows, power heated mirrors, power locks with remote keyless entry, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, AM/FM/CD audio with auxiliary input jack, Sirius satellite radio, driver information center, 60/40 split folding rear seat, engine immobilizer, water-resistant storage compartment, roof rack and P245/65R17 tires with alloy wheels. Leather seats are available in an option package with much of the equipment from the Limited model.

Laredo 4WD ($32,120) features Quadra-Trac I full-time four-wheel drive and a full-size spare tire. Quadra-Drive II full-time active 4WD is optional ($795) with either engine. Quadra-Drive II adds low-range gearing, hill ascent and descent control, a special axle ratio, and front, center, and rear limited-slip differentials. It also comes with skid plates and front tow hooks. The Laredo can be ordered with the 4.7-liter V8 ($930). If this engine is chosen with AWD, the price is $1730 and it also comes with Quadra-Trac II, which includes low-range gearing. Buyers can also opt for the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 ($2760 with 2WD, $3560 with 4WD).

Grand Cherokee Limited ($36,920) comes with leather upholstery; heated first- and second-row seats; rear obstacle detection; rear backup camera; dual-zone automatic climate control; sunroof; Boston Acoustics six-speaker, 276-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 capability; power adjustable pedals; four-way power passenger seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel; memory function for the seats, pedals and mirrors; automatic, self-dimming headlamps; rain-sensing automatic wipers; auto-dimming exterior and rearview mirrors; HomeLink universal garage door opener; an upgraded tire-pressure monitor that displays the status of individual tires; fog lights; remote engine starting; and a 115-volt power outlet. The Limited also comes with Jeep's UConnect GPS and UConnect Phone. UConnect GPS includes a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic, a 6.5-inch touch-screen, an iPod adapter and a 30-gigabyte hard drive to hold music and picture files, as well as navigation map information. UConnect Phone provides a wireless cell phone link. Limited 4WD ($39,010) gets all that plus hill start assist, hill descent control, and Quadra-Trac II with low-range gearing. Quadra-Drive II is an option.

The 4.7-liter V8 is optional for both 2WD ($930) and 4WD ($1580) Limiteds. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is optional ($1750) for both 2WD and 4WD Limiteds, and the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 is optional for both 2WD ($2760) and 4WD ($3560) models. Other options consist of a rear DVD entertainment system with Sirius BackSeat TV ($1720), chrome 18-inch wheels ($995), Class II and IV trailer hitches ($280-$430), and high-intensity discharge headlamps with auto leveling ($500). Sirius Backseat TV includes three child-oriented channels: Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.

Grand Cherokee Overland ($41,110) comes with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, and adds a wood-and-leather steering wheel, real wood accents on the doors and console, two-tone leather and ultra-suede seats embroidered with the Overland logo, a leather-covered console and armrest, the high-intensity discharge headlamps with auto leveling, a Class IV trailer hitch, and chromed 18-inch aluminum wheels with P245/50R18 tires. Platinum accents highlight the exterior. Overland 4WD ($44,545) adds Quadra-Drive II. The 3.0-liter diesel engine is optional for 2WD and 4WD Overland models ($1010).

Grand Cherokee SRT8 ($42,665) comes with a 6.1-liter Hemi rated at 420 horsepower, a lowered suspension, performance brakes, its own electronic all-wheel-drive system, and P244/45R20 front and P285/40R20 rear run-flat tires. Distinctive bumper fascias and 20-inch wheels make SRT8 instantly identifiable. Inside, the SRT8 adds to Laredo trim with leather and suede sport seats, special trim, a four-way power front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a Boston Acoustics sound system with six-disc CD changer, and a universal garage door opener. Also standard are auto-dimming rearview and exterior mirrors and automatic headlights. Options can bring an SRT8 nearly up to the Overland level of comfort and convenience.

Safety features that come on all models include front air bags with four levels of deployment, head-protecting side curtain air bags with rollover deployment, LATCH-style car-seat anchors in the rear seats, traction control, an electronic stability program (ESP) with roll mitigation, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitor. Also available are rear obstacle detection, a rear backup camera, hill descent control, hill start assist, and trailer sway control.

Walkaround

Last redesigned for 2005, the Grand Cherokee looks square-edged but modern, with a fashionably high waistline and small side windows. The shape of the body is designed to protect the sides of the vehicle from potential road debris.

While conventional SUVs, such as the Dodge Durango, are built on a separate frame like a truck, the Grand Cherokee uses an unusual construction scheme Jeep calls Uniframe, a close marriage of a welded steel unit-body and underlying front and rear frame modules. This is an extremely sturdy and rigid concept developed back in Jeep's days with unit-body pioneer American Motors. The Grand Cherokee has earned a five-star safety rating in both front and side impact tests from the federal government.

Limited models present a flashier appearance than Laredos, with a chromed grille, bright inserts in the bumpers, and accent-color bodyside molding.

The Overland is distinguished by mesh-texture grille inserts between its traditional vertical grille bars, which are Platinum in finish; Platinum accents also appear on the bumpers, side moldings, roof-rack side rails, liftgate light bar, and mirrors. The wheels are chromed, and the front sill guards are brushed stainless.

Jeep reached deep into its heritage for the Overland name. First built in 1903, the Overland automobile was the earliest ancestor of the Willys. Willys played an instrumental role in the development and production of the World War II-era Jeep, but was also the first automaker to seriously envision a civilian market for a military-style utility vehicle. The Willys Jeep debuted in 1946 and had its name shortened to just-plain Jeep in the early 1960s. Although the Jeep brand has passed through several owners since then, its lineage remains unbroken.

The SRT8 has a monochrome look all its own, relieved by bright trim at the belt level and bodyside and accented by enormous five-spoke, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. Functional air ducts in its more buff front bumper fascia improve brake cooling. The rear bumper is cut out to accommodate dual four-inch exhaust tips, and the extended side sills are claimed to enhance downforce. SRT8 is available only in Bright Silver, Brilliant Black or Inferno Red.

Interior Features

The seats are large and cushy (in all trim levels except SRT8). In Laredo models, they are upholstered in cloth with leather as a package option, while Limited seats are two-tone leather with perforated inserts. In Overland, the seats are upholstered in saddle-perforated high-contrast two-tone Ultrasuede, featuring accent piping and embroidered Overland logos. Overland also features real wood trim on the steering wheel, instrument panel, door panels, and gear selector. The center armrest is leather-upholstered, and unique colors are employed in the instrument cluster.

The SRT8 goes for the high-tech racer look with deeply contoured sport seats, and lots of faux carbon fiber and aluminum trim. Unique blue-accented gauges include a 180-mph speedometer plus oil pressure and oil temperature readouts in the center stack. The sport seats offer lots of support, with deep side bolsters, but drivers with larger frames may find them too narrow.

Overall, the Grand Cherokee cabin is nice, though not as posh as you might expect at its price point.

The instrument panel on all models is a cohesive design with a nice combination of shiny plated parts, matte-finish parts, and a first-rate layout. In all Grand Cherokees, the two-tone, dark-over-light theme set by the instrument panel flows into the door trim. The instrument panel and dashboard are made of plastic that, while sturdy, is not up to snuff for the Overland's luxury-level pricing.

The available navigation system integrates the audio system and other functions, and it includes a 30-gigabyte hard drive that holds songs, pictures and the navigation information. It can hold thousands of songs, and you can program it to display your own digital pictures. The screen has a nice display, generates crisp maps, and does a good job of directing you to your destination, both visually and audibly. It isn't as easy to program as similar systems from Acura and Lexus, however. There's a separate Enter button, which can be annoying because intuition suggests pressing the toggle switch down. The daytime setting is so bright at night as to be distracting.

Similarly, all Chrysler products, including Jeeps, use a separate Set button for pre-setting radio stations, which seems unnecessarily difficult. Setting these on most radios is just a matter of holding down the desired preset.

The rear DVD entertainment system comes with Sirius Backseat TV and, for 2009, a nine-inch screen instead of an eight-inch screen. The TV system requires a monthly subscription for its three channels: Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. We tried it and found the reception to be good. With Sirius Backseat TV, if you forget the DVDs, you can still keep the kids entertained.

One area of concern for family shoppers is rear seating. Despite its midsize SUV dimensions, the Grand Cherokee's rear seat lacks the leg room to make rear adult occupants comfortable, especially if taller passengers are riding up front. Such an issue might be a deal breaker for customers who regularly carry adult-size passengers.

The cargo area, on the other hand, is quite useful, though also smaller than that of rivals such as the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota 4Runner. It features a reversible load floor panel that flips over on itself to create a shallow container, for more versatility in the rear storage compartment. The second-row seats fold down for a total of 67.4 cubic feet of cargo space, but they don't fold flat for optimal utility. By comparison, none of those aforementioned competitors have less than 75 cubic feet of cargo space.

Driving Impressions

The Jeep Grand Cherokee combines mountain-goat agility in rugged terrain with stable and responsive handling on the paved roads where most buyers will spend most of their time.

The Laredo and Limited come standard with Chrysler's 3.7-liter V6, borrowed from its sister trucks, the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Ram, with its own five-speed overdrive automatic transmission. The single overhead cam V6 produces 210 horsepower and gets an EPA-rated 15/20 mpg City/Highway with four-wheel drive and 16/21 with rear-wheel drive, not much better than the V8s. The V6 is capable of towing 3500 pounds, but it's overmatched in the Grand Cherokee, and doesn't provide willing passing power.

The 4.7-liter V8, on the other hand, works really well in the Grand Cherokee. This modern, overhead-cam engine is smooth and powerful for around-town and highway driving. It has a broad torque band, a lovely sound, and electronic throttle control (drive-by-wire) that's easy to use and precise in tricky downhill off-road situations. If you don't live in the mountains, this engine might be your best choice. The 4.7-liter V8 produces 305 horsepower at 5650 rpm and 334 pound-feet of torque at 3950 rpm. It's EPA-rated at 14/19 mpg with rear- or four-wheel drive. It's also flex-fuel capable, meaning it can run on gasoline or up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). And it can tow up to 6500 pounds.

The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is also a thoroughly modern engine, featuring twin spark plugs, direct ignition, and electronic throttle control, though it is a pushrod-overhead-valve design. The Hemi is upgraded for 2009. It now produces 357 horsepower (up from 330) at 5200 rpm, and torque is up from 375 to 389 pound-feet at 4350 rpm. Fuel economy is an EPA-rated 13/19 mpg with rear drive and 13/18 mpg with four-wheel drive. Note that the Hemi delivers much stronger torque yet matches the fuel economy of the 4.7-liter. Torque is that force that propels you from intersections and helps you tow trailers up long grades, and it can really feel it with the Hemi. With the 2009 changes, the Hemi is stronger than ever, giving the Grand Cherokee head-snapping low-end thrust and power that keeps on pulling.

The Hemi's highway fuel economy rating is aided by Jeep's Multi-Displacement System, which shuts down four of the engine's eight cylinders whenever it detects a steady-state cruise condition and then reactivates them on demand. The Hemi also has a Fuel Saver Mode display that informs drivers when four cylinders have been shut down.

The 4.7- and 5.7-liter V8 engines use a heavy-duty five-speed automatic transmission with a direct fourth gear for towing. Both this transmission and the five-speed automatic that's mated to the V6 feature a manual shift gate.

The 3.0-liter common-rail turbo-diesel (CRD) V6, engineered by Mercedes-Benz, produces 215 horsepower at 3400 rpm and 375 pound-feet of torque at 1600 rpm. That's as much torque as the Hemi, at half the engine speed. Towing capacity also matches the Hemi, at 7400 pounds (with 2WD); while EPA fuel economy of 18/23 mpg with rear-wheel drive (17/22 mpg with four-wheel drive) yields a driving range of more than 400 miles on one tank of fuel. Clean-diesel technology reduces carbon-dioxide emissions by 20 percent, but the diesel is not clean enough to be sold in Maine, New York, Vermont, Connecticut or California.

On the road, the diesel is considerably rougher and noisier than either V8. That's surprising because most modern diesels are smoother. We did observe about 23 mpg in 300 miles of mostly highway driving, though, which is impressive for a midsize SUV.

The Grand Cherokee offers a nicer ride and better cornering than any other Jeep in history. We don't recommend flinging 4500-pound SUVs into corners, but the Grand Cherokee is competent in this sort of socially unacceptable behavior because it's easy to drive and rewarding within the limits of its tires. There seems to be a flatfooted, stable attitude with this Jeep, similar to that of the car-based crossover SUVs recently introduced (in fact, it's better than some). The steering is reasonably quick, accurate, and nicely weighted. A tight, 37.1-foot turning circle provides advantages off-road as well as in crowded parking lots or when making a U-turn. Still, the Grand Cherokee feels more like a truck than the typical crossover SUV.

Three different four-wheel-drive systems come with confusing names and complicated mechanical differences. The base-level system that comes with the V6 is called Quadra-Trac I, a single-speed, full-time four-wheel-drive that uses electronic clutches in the center differential to pass torque out to the front or rear wheels as needed for best traction. It works full time, so there are no switches, no buttons, and no handles to operate. It does not offer a low-range set of gear ratios.

The more flexible Quadra-Trac II (standard with the 4.7-liter V8) also uses electronic clutches in the center differential to distribute torque in High range, but adds a locking Low range. Both systems are slightly rear biased, with 52 percent of the torque normally going to the rear tires and 48 percent to the front.

Quadra-Drive II, Jeep's most sophisticated system, uses electronic limited-slip differentials (ELSD) at the front, center, and rear. ELSD replaces the Vari-Lock progressive axles in the Quadra-Drive system, with quicker response to changing conditions and greater torque capacity.

The SRT8 flat out flies, and it sounds terrific, too. Jeep claims it can thunder from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, which is even faster than the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger SRT8s. Like those cars, the Jeep comes with a 6.1-liter Hemi V8. It is rated at 420 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 420 pound-feet at 4800 rpm in the Grand Cherokee, five horsepower less than in the Charger and 300. We loved the sound and found ourselves accelerating harder than necessary just to hear it. Throttle tip-in seems overly sensitive at times, causing us to leap off the line more abruptly than desired. At other times, it seemed slow on the uptake, but eventually we recalibrated our feet to enable smooth takeoffs from intersections. The throttle tip-in characteristics make the SRT8 less attractive as a commuter vehicle in stop-and-go traffic.

The SRT8 Hemi V8 features a higher compression ratio (10.3:1 vs. 9.6:1), a more aggressive cam, and higher-flow cylinder heads when compared with the standard Hemi. It's mated to its own super-duty five-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive transfer case. The latter is a special unit put together from existing Jeep parts to optimize durability while minimizing weight. In normal conditions, it directs only five to 10 percent of the power to the front wheels, but it can redirect as much as needed to the front wheels to maintain traction. The rear axle is a Dana 44 with a tougher-than-standard ring gear and housing. Despite the high-performance parts, the SRT8 is rated to tow just 3,500 pounds, so think twice about ordering the fast one to pull your bass boat.

The SRT8 rides an inch lower than a standard Grand Cherokee, on specially tuned springs, shocks, bushings, and anti-roll bars. The ride is quite firm but not punishing. The steering geometry is altered for its high-performance mission. Forged 20-inch wheels come shod with Goodyear W-rated four-season tires with run-flat capability. Tire dimensions are P255/45/20 in the front, and a massive P285/40/20 in the rear. The brakes are upgraded with four-piston Brembo calipers (painted gloss red, as a decorative performance element that shows through the wheels) that clamp down on 14.2-inch vented rotors up front and 13.8-inch vented rotors in the rear. Jeep claims it can stop from 60 mph in less than 125 feet. We found the brakes effective, smooth and easy to modulate.

The SRT8's ride is quite firm and the steering is direct and very responsive. This is what you want when making time on back roads or blazing down a lonely highway at high speeds. It makes for tight handling, good transient response and high-speed stability. We're not sure we'd want it for everyday driving, however. The SRT8 was too jouncy for our tastes on rippled freeways in Los Angeles. It does a good job of filtering out roughness, but dips and other undulations make for uncomfortable cruising. And the steering is a bit darty for casual driving. But many drivers love it.

Summary

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is an icon among sport utility vehicles and this latest-generation version is far better than older models. It looks wonderful. It's powerful and quiet at the same time. It offers good space efficiency and comes loaded with standard and optional features. The Grand Cherokee is a great choice for those who want to tow, go off-road, or both. And if fuel economy is your goal, the available diesel has it without sacrificing power. Families may want a vehicle with more seat room, and if you don't plan on going off road, you might not want to pay the Grand Cherokee's price premium.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw filed this report from Santa Barbara, California, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Los Angeles and correspondent Kirk Bell reporting from Chicago.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 2WD ($30,150); Laredo 4WD ($32,120); Limited 2WD ($37,850); Limited 4WD ($40,590); Overland 2WD ($41,110); Overland 4WD ($44,545); SRT8 4WD ($42,665)
Engines:215-hp 3.0-liter dohc 24-valve turbo-diesel V6; 210-hp 3.7-liter sohc 12-valve V6; 305-hp 4.7-liter sohc 16-valve V8, 357-hp 5.7-liter ohv 16-valve V8; 420-hp 6.1-liter ohv 16-valve V8
Transmissions:5-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):front airbags, side-curtain air bags with roll detection, ABS, Brake Assist, electronic stability program with roll mitigation, traction control, tire-pressure monitor, LATCH-style anchors for the rear seats
Safety equipment (optional):rear obstacle detection, rear backup camera, hill descent control, hill start assist, trailer sway control
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Detroit, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD ($39,310)
Standard equipment:
Options as tested (MSPR):5.7-liter Hemi V8 ($1580); Quadra-Drive II ($795); Class IV trailer tow group ($280)
Destination charge:$780
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$41985
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:5.7-liter ohv 16-valve V8
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):357 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):389 @ 4350
Transmission:5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:13/18 mpg
Wheelbase:109.5 in.
Length/width/height:188.0/72.6/68.9 in.
Track, f/r:62.0/62.0 in.
Turning circle:37.1 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.7/57.6/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:39.3/60.6/35.5 in.
Cargo volume:67.4 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:7200 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, double-wishbone, coil springs over gas-charged shocks, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:live axle, upper and lower trailing links, track rod, coil springs, gas-charged shocks, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:8.0 in.
Curb weigth:4778 lbs.
Tires:P245/65R17
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/solid disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:21.1 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 1, 2009.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-334-9200 - www.jeep.com
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Jeep reliability cherokee 2009 grand

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a favorite among many. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s the kind of SUV that’s capable enough for a day at the trails but versatile enough to serve as a reliable family hauler. So if you plan on buying a used Jeep Grand Cherokee? We recommend putting these model years at the very top of your list.

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The 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee stays true to its Jeep roots

While this particular used Jeep might feel dated technology-wise, it certainly stays true to its Jeep roots. According to U.S. News & World Report, it doesn’t offer the most refined ride. Fortunately, it makes up for it with its off-road capabilities. And if you can find one with the available 5.7-liter V8 engine under the hood? U.S. News & World Report recommends that you check it out. You can expect this used SUV to be plenty reliable too. J.D. Power reports that 2009 models earned a ‘Great’ overall quality and reliability rating. U.S. News & World Report also gave it a three out of five reliability rating.

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2011 models offer a premium interior and some serious off-road chops

If the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn’t quite fit the bill, consider the 2011 model. It’s available with two engines, either a 290-hp V6 or a 360-hp Hemi V8, and offers multiple four-wheel-drive systems. It’s even available with an adjustable air suspension. According to Consumer Reports, its ride is especially impressive too. And according to J.D. Power, you can count on this used SUV to be pretty reliable after it earned a ‘Great’ quality and reliability rating.

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The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee might as well be a Swiss Army Knife

For a Jeep that’s a tad bit newer, consider the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which Consumer Reports affectionately referred to as the Swiss Army Knife among its segment. Why? Because it’s versatile enough for a day at the trails, offers improved performance compared to previous model years, and is available in several well-outfitted trim levels. And if that doesn’t convince you that a 2015 model makes for a great choice? Know that J.D. Power gave it a ‘Great’ quality and reliability score. 

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The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee knows just how to please

For a Jeep that offers hushed road noises and a lavishly appointed interior, consider the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. According to Consumer Reports, its available Uconnect 8.4 touch screen infotainment system is “one of the most intuitive available.” And if tech-savvy features don’t have you sold on it? The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with a long list of advanced safety equipment, including forward collision warning and automatic braking. And if you still aren’t convinced? According to Consumer Reports, 74% of owners would rebuy this SUV if given a chance. Which, let’s be honest, makes for a pretty great recommendation. 

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Finding the right used SUV for your daily driving needs

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been around for quite a while. So if you’re in the market for a used model, you can rest assured knowing that there are plenty of options available. This list? Well, it just scratches the surface. To find the right used Jeep Grand Cherokee for satisfying all of your daily driving needs, we recommend doing some additional research and, of course, getting behind the wheel for a few test drives.

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