2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Avail. HEMI V8
Avail. 4×4 System
Next to the Jeep Wrangler, the next icon of the Jeep brand is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. With nine trims to choose from, models range from a well-equipped base SUV to the absolutely smashing SRT Grand Cherokee. Some trims aren’t even available without a 4×4 powertrain. In fact, some systems and capabilities are restricted to the 4×4. Not only that, but as always, Jeeps aren’t built just for the road, and they can go where many other SUVs and crossovers can’t. Overall, the 2017 Grand Cherokee feels a bit luxurious and yet it’s pricing would disagree.
Throughout the Grand Cherokee lineup, there are four engines available, but half of them actually rely on the powertrain selected and the model in question. For instance, the 3.6-liter V6 VVT engine with ESS is the standard for most trims, with the 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel only becoming an available option halfway into the lineup. It’s actually the standard and only available engine for the Grand Cherokee Limited 75th Anniversary edition.
If we switch the powertrain from 2×4 to 4×4 however, two more engine options are available – the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and the SRT 6.4-liter HEMI V8. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is an available option for the upper trim levels and the SRT is only available on the Grand Cherokee SRT, which is a 4×4 powertrain class exclusive.
It should go without saying that these systems are only available with the 4×4 powertrain. There are five systems in all, each serving a different purpose and available on select trims.
Base Selec-Terrain offers all-weather capability in four modes: Auto, Snow, Sport, and Sand/Mud
Quadra-Trac I is a full-time 4×4 system providing power to the front and rear axles at all times; it’s sibling, the Quadra-Trac II is a traction control system that monitors wheel traction and slippage, and transfers torque to the wheels with the most traction in such an event. The Quadra-Trac II also offers low-range off-roading capability. Another version of this is exclusive to the SRT model.
Quadra-Drive II is a combination of the traction capabilities of Quadra-trac II and Select-Terrain for all-weather and off-road conditions.
Buyers also have the option of upgrading the engine to a more powerful 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine with start-stop technology. The larger engine produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. The transmission on the 3.2-liter engine is also a nine-speed automatic transmission and it helps to provide the Cherokee with its fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Interior + Exterior Style
Style doesn’t get as confusing as the engines do. There are many trims that can change up the options that are available, but drivers need not worry too much about the powertrain when styling their Jeep. The variety of wheels is already large, ranging from basic 17-inch aluminum wheels to 20-inch platinum aluminum, and more. There is also a variety of lighting features, such as automatic headlamps that are standard across the entire lineup, bi-xenon HID headlamps, automatic high mean headlamp control, LED fog and tail lamps, and other features available depending on the trim.
There are also many convenient and styling features made available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. For instance, deep tint sunscreen glass to keep the cabin from overheating is a full lineup standard, but a dual-pane panoramic sunroof is only available on higher trims. Heated exterior mirrors and an integrated liftgate rear spoiler are also standard features, along with ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop. Depending on the trim, Drivers may have up to nine choices for body paint color.
The seating options in the Grand Cherokee are pretty nice. Heated front seats are practically standard on all trims, but optional on the Laredo E and the base trim. Seating trims range from cloth to Laguna leather, premium leather, and even Trailhawk leather/suede (Trailhawk 4×4 option only). Oddly, when it comes to seating arrangements, a fold-flat front passenger seat is only available on the lower spectrum of trims, but a 60/40 split-fold rear seat is standard on all.
The convenience features have a nice variety of options too, such as active noise control system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a heated steering wheel, available on select trims. Other features, such as dual-zone automatic temperature control and an electronic vehicle information center are standard across all trims. There are many other options, such as a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, sprinkled through the varying trims. A cargo panel with storage net and cargo tie down loops are a lineup standard.
Technology + Safety
Entertainment options are a little more simplified. The choices are a 5-inch touchscreen display or an 8.4-inch display depending on the trim purchased. The audio ranges from a system with 6 speakers up to a system with 19 Harman Kardon speakers with subwoofer. A 7-inch LCD instrument cluster with tachometer and integrated voice command with Bluetooth is standard across all trims.
On higher trims, varying video systems for DVD/Blu-Ray players become an option. Since Uconnect is a part of FCA vehicles, drivers will find options for Uconnect 5.0, 8.4, 8.4 with navigation, and Uconnect Access. There is also Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, but only available on the 4×4 Trailhawk.
Safety Features and Warranty
In terms of safety, the available and optional features can also vary, but may be obvious. 4-wheel traction control is of course only available to the 4×4 powertrain. Many of the basic standards are shared, such as advanced multistage front airbags, electronic stability control, an enhanced accident response system, LATCH ready anchor systems, and keyless Enter-n-Go. More advanced systems such as LaneSense lane departure warning, blind spot and cross path detection, and adaptive cruise control with stop are options on some 4×2 powertrain trims, but become widely available on 4×4 powertrain trims.
Regardless of powertrain, the Jeep warranties apply to all 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokees. All Jeep vehicles are covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years/100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years/100,000 miles.