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Jeep Grand Cherokee Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.1 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 425 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 11/14 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • The 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a joy to drive both on pavement and dirt trails, but downmarket furnishings and cramped rear seating make it a tough sell over the 4Runner.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Three available engines, excellent off-road ability, balanced handling, simple controls.

  • Cons

    Low-quality interior materials, small backseat, poor gas mileage with the big V8, ride can be bouncy over ruts.

  • What's New for 2006

    Jeep expands the Grand Cherokee lineup for 2006 with the addition of a range-topping Overland trim level. It's been fitted with more standard luxury features and 5.7-liter V8. New standard features on all models include stability control and one-touch up-down front windows. Newly optional on the Laredo is the Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive system and an off-road package.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (433 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Problematic vehicle

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Vehicle: 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

We have owned the truck since it was brand new, and now it has 177,000 miles on it. Recently, the EGR valve had to be replaced, as did the front C/V joint, radiator, and water pump. The transmission is noisy, and gas mileage is horrible. It was a good car when it was new, but has started to show its age.

Biggest mistake of my life!

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Vehicle: 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

I honestly made a huge mistake buying a Chrysler product. I'm having problem after problem. I'm going back to Toyota or Volvo. Chrysler should shut there doors for there sake. Trash all the way!!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Best car i have ever

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Vehicle: 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

I am the original owner of my Jeep which now has 180,000 miles on it. It is my third Jeep. As an outside salesman I have driven over 1,000,000 miles in the past 30 years. And this is the most durable car I have ever driven. Besides still having the original brake pads with 40% of their life left, the only "repairs" so far have been a water pump, EGR valve and throttle position sensor. The 3 items were done at 170,000 miles. It took 60,000 miles just to break in the motor which uses not a drop of oil between regular oil changes every 5-6,000 miles. My car has every available option and NOT one thing has malfunctioned in 180,000 miles. You just can't go wrong with this car.

2005 jeep grand cherokee laredo

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Vehicle: 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

I purchased the vehicle new. It is a Laredo Rocky Mountain edition with the 4.7L V-8. Shortly after I purchased it, the "Service 4 wheel drive" message appeared. It took the dealer several weeks to resolve the problem. The same error message still occasionally occurs, but the vehicle operates fine. Gas mileage is 10-12 city and 14-18 highway. For the last 3 years, the car has been in Mexico. The roads are very rough an dusty. The car is holding up exceptionally well. A recent problem is a noise near the rear axle. Otherwise, all is well at 66K miles.

2005 jeep gc with 5.7

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Vehicle: 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Worst automobile I have ever owned. So many problems ranging from axle isolators (second repair)to interior parts such as door panels (all of them) breaking, vent tabs falling off, nav system inoperative (2nd unit), window switches inop on driver door, front driveshaft replaced, brake calipers froze up, Try replacing a starter as you will need to grow two additional hands to help. Can't say much good about this automobile. Even the resale value stinks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not recommended :(

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Vehicle: 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

We have owned this Jeep since it was brand new. The performance is great on the V8, as is the features we have (leather, navigation, DVD, satellite radio) but we take great care of our vehicles, and unfortunately this generation of Grand Cherokee has held up the worst of all of the ones we've owned (we've owned three out of the four generations of Grand Cherokee). The center console lid is worn, the rear DVD headphones broke, etc. They claim it is "quieter than a Jaguar S-Type 3.0", but the transmission is quite noisy. I don't recommend this generation of Grand Cherokee.

Full 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

What's New for 2006

Jeep expands the Grand Cherokee lineup for 2006 with the addition of a range-topping Overland trim level. It's been fitted with more standard luxury features and 5.7-liter V8. New standard features on all models include stability control and one-touch up-down front windows. Newly optional on the Laredo is the Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive system and an off-road package.


Jeep practically invented the sport-utility vehicle way back in the dark days of WWII, when the army needed a tough, maneuverable and lightweight vehicle capable of traversing the nastiest roads and trails on the planet. Sixty years later, Jeep is still going strong (thanks to resources from parent company DaimlerChrysler). And while its focus remains on building reliable SUVs with stellar off-road abilities, luxury and refinement have also been incorporated into the mix.

The first Grand Cherokee was introduced in 1992, and options like leather seats, a powerful V8 engine and an advanced four-wheel-drive system made it an instant hit with daily commuters and desert trekkers alike. Unfortunately, the original Jeep Grand Cherokee was a little crude in the fit-and-finish department. Improvements came on the second-generation JGC (1999-2004), but by then, family-oriented buyers had begun to expect carlike handling characteristics and spacious interiors -- attributes that this rugged Jeep SUV simply couldn't deliver as well as the Explorer.

Jeep engineers were determined to correct this on the latest version, which was introduced just last year. The current third-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee offers improved capability and nimble on-road ride and handling dynamics in a well-appointed package. The exterior design is unmistakably Jeep, thanks to the signature round headlights, seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel openings. However, the body was sculpted with hard edges and prominent lines to convey a more modern and muscular look, and designers spent countless hours in a wind tunnel in an effort to reduce wind and road noise. The nicely finished body panels are mounted on a platform that incorporates an advanced independent coil-over front suspension, four-wheel antilock disc brakes and available four-wheel drive.

The standard engine for this Jeep SUV is a 3.7-liter V6 borrowed from the Liberty. For those who desire more power than the V6 can muster, two different V8 engines are available, including a 4.7-liter V8 and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with variable displacement technology. The refinement continues inside, where form is emphasized just as heavily as function. The seats are comfortably padded and available in cloth or two-tone leather, but interior plastic panels leave much to be desired. The chronograph-style four-gauge instrument cluster looks like it belongs in a luxury car, and a gated shifter borrowed from the Mercedes parts bin makes selecting the right gear a breeze. Overall, the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more luxury and comfort than ever before, while maintaining the rugged character that made the Jeep marque what it is today.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Jeep Grand Cherokee midsize SUV is available in three trim levels: Laredo, Limited and Overland. Standard Laredo features include power windows and door locks, air conditioning, a power driver seat, split-folding rear seat, a reversible cargo floor with water-resistant storage and a CD stereo. The Limited model adds two-tone leather seating, a power front-passenger seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable pedals, rain-sensing automatic wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a Boston Acoustics audio system with in-dash CD changer and MP3 capability. The Overland adds unique platinum trim accents, real wood trim, a navigation system, satellite radio and unique leather and ultra-suede seats. The navigation system and satellite radio are also available on the Laredo and Limited. Other options, depending on the trim level, include heated front seats, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, hands-free cell phone compatibility, a tire-pressure monitor, rear park assist and an off-road package with off-road tires, tow hooks and skid plates.

Powertrains and Performance

The Laredo comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque, while the Limited is equipped with a 4.7-liter V8 capable of pumping out 235 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Optional on the Limited and standard on the Overland is a 5.7-liter V8, which produces 330 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. All three engines come standard with a five-speed automatic transmission. Laredo 4WD models are equipped with a full-time all-wheel-drive system, while Limited 4WDs utilize the more advanced Quadra-Trac II (optional on Laredo) that incorporates a two-speed transfer case. Finally, the optional Quadra-Drive II system (optional on Limited, standard on the Overland) combines a full-time two-speed transfer case with front/rear/center electronic limited-slip differentials. With the 4.7-liter V8, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is rated to pull 6,500 pounds.


Safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes and stability control. Side curtain airbags are optional on all models but the Overland, where they are standard equipment. The Jeep Grand Cherokee earned a perfect five-star rating in government front- and side-impact crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the seats are firm and supportive, and the leather looks quite contemporary. Wood trim on the center console and door panels is very upscale, and two-tone plastic panels lend a modern touch to the surroundings, even if they are a bit hard. Panel fitment is good; window and door lock switches are comfortably within reach; climate controls are clearly marked and easy to use; and the chronograph-style gauge cluster adds European flair.

Driving Impressions

Smooth is the operative word when describing the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The suspension dampens imperfections in the road well, and the rack and pinion steering provides a solid and responsive road feel. The all-wheel drive grabs pavement with gusto and on tight roads this Jeep SUV is very nimble with minimal body roll. Even though the raucous 5.7-liter V8 provides gobs of low-end thrust, the 3.7-liter V6 and 4.7-liter V8 are smooth and provide more than enough power for most applications.

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Gas Mileage


  • 11
  • cty
  • 14
  • highway
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