Review: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Review: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Drivers in Newton who need a new SUV will find everything they want in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. With 11 models to choose from, there’s one to suit every type of driver.

If you’re in the greater Boston area and want to take one for a test drive, be sure to visit McGovern Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram. First, read our full review to see which trim fulfills all your needs.

Comfort and Convenience

The Grand Cherokee trims are as follows: Laredo, Laredo E, Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk, Sterling Edition, Overland, High Altitude, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. Each has two rows of seating for five passengers and includes standard cloth seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Your other options for seating material include leather, perforated leather, Nappa leather, premium leather, suede trim, and two-toned leather. Additionally, the 2018 Grand Cherokee is available with heated front and second-row seats, and ventilated front seats.

Standard entertainment and convenience features include a 6-speaker audio system, 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and the Uconnect infotainment system. Available features include a Harman Kardon sound system with subwoofer, GPS Navigation, HD Radio, Rear Seat Dual Screen Blu-ray/DVD Player, and Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-inch display.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Grand Cherokee has five engines in its lineup. The base is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and next up is a 3.0-liter diesel V6 that makes 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. There are also three V8 variants: a 5.7-liter producing 360 horsepower, a 6.4-liter producing 475 horsepower (SRT only), and a 6.2-liter supercharged that makes a heart-pounding 707 horsepower (Trackhawk only).

All trims are either available or standard with the Jeep 4WD System, and have an 8-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity is 7,400 pounds, making the Grand Cherokee ideal for recreational or professional uses. The proprietary 4WD system includes Quadra-Drive Electronic Limited-Slip Differential, All-Speed Traction Control, Selec-Speed Control, and Hill Ascent and Descent Control. 

Fuel economy will vary depending on the model you choose, but the EPA estimates that the 2018 Grand Cherokee gets up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

Safety and Tech

Standard safety features include Advanced Multistage airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Enhanced Accident Response System, Lock On Sync Tire Press Sensor, ParkView Rear Back Up Camera, Ready Alert Braking, and Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System. Available safety features include Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Lane Sense Lane Departure Warning Plus, and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist.

Pricing

Starting at $30,595 MSRP