There is a lot of cargo room, especially in the back.The back is roomy enough that two people can even sleep back there if you're traveling and you don't want to pay for a hotel - though I don't necessarily recommend it.
And in terms of functionality, it’s hard to argue with the Jeep’s 7400 pounds of towing capacity (with the V-8 or the diesel, 6200 pounds with the gas V-6), its nearly 11 inches of ground clearance (in Trailhawk form), and the comfort of knowing that, in four-by-four guise, this mall runner can tackle just about any terrain and take you to your favorite remote destinations.What’s New: Jeep has made good use of the current Grand Cherokee’s platform, which shares an evolutionary branch with the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class (formerly known as the ML) dating back to the Daimler Chrysler era.Jeep’s flagship—at least until the larger Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer arrive—receives some small yet effective styling tweaks to its nose for 2017 that lend it a crisper, more contemporary appearance.Range-topping Summit models starting at $51,590 have additional standard active-safety tech, along with an available $4995 Signature Leather Wrapped Interior package with supple nappa and laguna hides adorning the dash and door panels.What We Like: As a handsome, solid driving luxury SUV, the Grand Cherokee is hard to fault.But the real news is the return of the hard-core Trailhawk 4x4 model after a four-year absence.
Starting at $44,190 and available with any of the three engines, the Trailhawk comes standard with all of the Grand Cherokee’s most off-road-capable hardware, Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tires on 18-inch wheels, increased ground clearance, and black and red accents inside and out.
A ZF eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice, and it can be paired with Fiat Chrysler’s ubiquitous 295-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, a 360-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, or a fuel-miser 3.0-liter V-6 Eco Diesel with 420 lb-ft of torque.
At the time of this writing, however, the diesel is currently still awaiting 2017 certification from the EPA.
For this review, we drove a midrange Limited V-6 that started just under $40,000 and included the uplevel Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive system, heated front and outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch LCD information display in the cluster, and a 5.0-inch Uconnect central touchscreen.
Inflating the window sticker to a not insignificant $48,230 were the $4300 Luxury Group II (upgraded 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, a premium 506-watt audio system, perforated leather upholstery, HID headlights with automatic high-beams, panoramic sunroof, and more), the $1495 Jeep Active Safety Group (adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking, rain-sensing wipers, and automated parking assist), $750 for Uconnect navigation and satellite radio, and $595 for blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
I did replace the steering pump and the battery, but those were easy and fairly low cost.