2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD CRD Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Road Test Specs

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV

(4.7L V8 FFV 4x4 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2008
ModelGrand Cherokee
StyleLimited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$39,305
Options on test vehicleJeep Green Metallic Clearcoat Paint, Quick Order Package 22H
As-tested MSRP$41,055


Drive typeFour-wheel drive with low-range transfer case
Engine typeV6 Turbodiesel
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2987 / 182.3
Block/head materialCast-iron/aluminium alloy
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)18.1
Redline (rpm)4500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)215 @ 4,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)376 @ 1,600
Transmission type5-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 3.59, II =2.19, III =1.41, IV =1, V =.83 FD = 3.73:1, R =3.16, Low = _.___


Suspension, frontIndependent, Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Suspension, rearSolid Axle, Leaf Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Steering typeSpeed sensative, hydraulic-assist power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.8:1-on center
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelFortera H/L
Tire typeAll terrain
Tire size, frontP245/65R17 105S
Tire size, rearP245/65R17 105S
Wheel size17 X 7.5 front - 17 X 7.5 rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.9-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear12.6-inch solid disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.8
0-60 mph (sec.)8.0
0-75 mph (sec.)12.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.9 @ 83.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)36
60-0 mph (ft.)140
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)58.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Sound level @ idle (dB)48
@ Full throttle (dB)74.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsPretty stout launch thanks to all that torque, but the low redline means it's over quickly and the transmission needs to upshift to the next gear at about 4,000 rpm. Still, I enjoy the stern shove of a turbodiesel.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsNot very confidence-inspiring from either the standpoint of its mushy pedal or dramatic dive. While the distances didn't grow much from first to last stop (hovering around 140-145 feet), that distance isn't particularly good in this era of car-based CUVs that regularly halt from 60 in the 120-130 range.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsDespite a non-defeat stability control (regardless of what the button and light indicate), tire-torturing understeer is the ultimate limit on the skid pad. Steering is very light regardless of load. Also, it was hard to maintain a steady speed because of the turbodiesel's lack of throttle response ? very elastic feeling. In the slalom, light steering masks the heavy curb weight only for so long. This test shows how soft the suspension is and how massive this Jeep really is. Stability control system limits the vehicle's performance but I wouldn't want it any other way.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)73.6
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 City / 22 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.3 for 900 miles
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,691
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,723
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55 / 45
Length (in.)188.0
Width (in.)72.6
Height (in.)68.7
Wheelbase (in.)109.5
Track, front (in.)62.0
Track, rear (in.)62.0
Turning circle (ft.)36.7
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)35.5
Headroom, front (in.)39.7
Headroom, rear (in.)39.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)58.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)34.5
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)68.5


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemDirect tire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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