Used 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT


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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2014 Highlights

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee receives a host of changes this year. Highlights include a refreshed exterior design, a new 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, a new eight-speed automatic transmission and an updated interior with new technology features.

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Pros

  • Strong and fuel-efficient engine lineup, including a new diesel V6
  • upscale interior
  • plenty of luxury and technology-oriented features
  • irrefutable off-road ability
  • outlandish SRT model.

Cons

  • Typically more expensive than competitors
  • stiff ride quality
  • diesel engine is noisy when idling.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2014 Overland 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Cashmere Pearl Coat Brown/Light Frost premium leather55,696 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeOverland
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2014 Overland 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Bright White Clear Coat Indigo Blue/Brown premium leather79,984 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeOverland
List:$23,000
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2014 Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Bright White Clear Coat Black cloth60,752 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLaredo
List:$18,995
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Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat Black premium leather78,527 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
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CARFAX One-Owner. Silver 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD 8-Speed Automatic 3.6L V6 Flex Fuel 24V VVT Recent Arrival! Awards: * 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick All prices exclude taxes, title, license, and dealer processing fee of $699.00. Published price subject to change without notice to correct errors or omissions or in the event of inventory fluctuations. All features not on all vehicles. Vehicles shown are for illustration purposes only. MPG is based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors. Reviews: * Strong and fuel-efficient engine lineup, including a new diesel V6; upscale interior; plenty of luxury and technology-oriented features; irrefutable off-road ability; outlandish SRT model. Source: Edmunds * Redesigned for 2014 the Jeep Grand Cherokee is already making praises and setting standards for performance, luxury, Best-in-Class Highway Fuel Economy, and attention to detail. A confident and elegant exterior design exudes strength from every angle. For 2014, every Grand Cherokee from Laredo to Summit features premium styling treatments including new, modern front grille and fascia treatments, daytime running headlamps, projector fog lamps and capless fuel fillers. The rear of the Grand Cherokee offers new, larger taillamps with signature LED lighting, a larger rear aerodynamic spoiler and a re-sculpted tailgate for greater rear visibility, and a new capless fuel fill and power liftgate for more simplicity and convenience. Grand Cherokee comes standard with seating for up to five passengers. The new, available premium-quality Natura Plus leather is soft and supple and has outstanding breathability that makes the leather more comfortable in both hot and cold weather. Adding to the luxury and comfort are heated/ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. The rear cargo area in the 2014 Grand Cherokee lets you configure up to 68.3 cubic feet of storage when the rear seat is folded down. Choose from 3 different engines including the new 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 which can attain up to 30hwy mpg, drive up to 730 miles on one tank and tow up to 7,400 pounds. The 3.6L V6 engine features new eight-speed automatic transmission, with paddle-shift steering wheel controls and the new Eco Mode improves fuel efficiency by 9% and allows you to tow up to 6,200 pounds. Finally, the 5.7L V8 engine with Fuel Saving Technology boasts 360hp and 390lb-ft of torque and provides a Best-in-Class 7,400-pound towing capacity. Inside the newly updated Uconnect System features a massive 8.4-inch touchscreen, Full-Feature Navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link/SiriusXM Traffic and HD Radio. Enjoy music on 1 of the 3 available speaker systems including the top of the line Harman Kardon 19 speaker system. Source: The Manufacturer Summary

Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat Black premium leather75,824 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
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Load your family into the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee! Here's a vehicle which packs big-league power and versatility in a midsize SUV package. It includes leather upholstery, a rear window wiper, a roof rack, and power seats. It features an automatic transmission, 4-wheel drive, and a refined 6 cylinder engine. Our knowledgeable sales staff is available to answer any questions that you might have. They'll work with you to find the right vehicle at a price you can afford. Come on in and take a test drive! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov

Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat Black cloth66,281 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLaredo
List:$17,477
Est.Loan: $318/mo
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat 4WD, ABS brakes, Alloy wheels, Compass, Electronic Stability Control, Front dual zone A/C, Heated door mirrors, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, Remote keyless entry, Traction control. New Price! Recent Arrival! Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov

Bright White Clear Coat Black/Light Frost Beige premium leather73,939 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
List:$19,500
Est.Loan: $355/mo
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Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat Black/Light Frost Beige cloth46,511 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLaredo
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Bright White Clear Coat Black premium leather54,891 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
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Cashmere Pearl Coat Black/Light Frost Beige premium leather55,116 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
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"Cashmere Pearlcoat 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD 8-Speed Automatic 3.6L V6 Flex Fuel 24V VVT 4WD."

Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat Black/Light Frost Beige premium leather36,253 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
List:$25,995
Est.Loan: $473/mo
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limted 4WD. Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl w Black/ Lt Frost Beige Leather, Equipped with ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, AM/FM Stereo, Automatic Transmission, Auxiliary Audio Input, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Front Seat Heaters, Leather Seats, Navigation System, Overhead Airbags, Parking Sensors, Power Liftgate/DeckLid, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Power Seat(s), Power Windows, Rear Defroster, Rear Seat Heaters, Rear View Camera, Remote Start, Satellite Radio Ready, Side Airbags, Smart Key, Sunroof(s), Traction Control

Cashmere Pearl Coat Black/Light Frost Beige cloth86,166 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLaredo
List:$15,995
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***VERY CLEAN................2014 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO, CASHMERE GOLD WITH A BEIGE INTERIOR, WOODGRAIN TRIM, DRIVERS POWER SEAT WITH LUMBAR SUPPORT, DUAL CLIMATE CONTROLS, LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL, REAR WIPER, TINTED GLASS, ROOFRACK, REAR SPOILER, TRACTION CONTROL, ALLOY WHEELS, CLEAN CARFAX WITH 10 SERVICE RECORDS***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. AS-IS WARRANTY, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.

True Blue Pearl Coat Black premium leather63,143 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeOverland
List:$22,695
Est.Loan: $413/mo
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This 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is proudly offered by DARCARS Volvo Cars of Rockville CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee is reassurance that any major issues with this vehicle will show on CARFAX report. The best part about this well-maintained vehicle is that it is a CARFAX one-owner vehicle. In their original incarnation, SUVs were chiefly owned by folks who valued 'utility' above 'sport.' Not anymore! The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland redefines the SUV and makes the perfect 'all around' family companion. Indulge yourself with one of the most highly crafted, most luxurious automobiles available today. Taking the road less traveled has never been more fun than with this 4WD. With improved performance, mileage and acceleration, this 2014 4WD Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is king of the off-road. Marked by excellent quality and features with unmistakable refined leather interior that added value and class to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Pre-owned doesn't have to mean 'used.' The clean interior of this Jeep Grand Cherokee makes it one of the nicest you'll find. Equipped with many extra features, this well-appointed vehicle is a treat to drive. Where do you need to go today? Just punch it into the Jeep Grand Cherokee on-board navigation system and hit the road. Stand out from the crowd as a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is a rare find and just may attract paparazzi. Upgraded wheels enhance the look of this Jeep Grand Cherokee. More information about the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee: The Jeep Grand Cherokee has proven itself the premiere luxury SUV for 20 years. The latest Grand Cherokee builds on that tradition by offering civilized highway driving as well as the equipment to make a credible show off-road. The base Laredo 4x2 starts at just under $29,000 and comes very well-equipped. And the top-of-the-line SRT's all-wheel-drive on-road performance rivals that of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, but for half the price. Interesting features of this model are high-performance SRT variant, powerful engine lineup with new diesel availability, True, proven off-road prowess, and luxurious interior

Cashmere Pearl Coat Black/Light Frost Beige premium leather73,947 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
List:$22,981
Est.Loan: $419/mo
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*2014 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED SUV WITH LEATHER UPHOLSTERY, BLUETOOTH AND PARKING SENSORS! *ENJOY FRONT DUAL ZONE A/C, AUTO-DIMMING REARVIEW MIRROR, AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL, SPEED SENSITIVE WIPERS, SPLIT FOLDING REAR SEAT, POWER WINDOWS, HEATED STEERING WHEEL, REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY, AUDIO MEMORY, MP3 DECODER, STEERING WHEEL MOUNTED AUDIO CONTROLS, HEATED POWER LEATHER SEATS WITH MEMORY, POWER PASSENGER SEAT, HEATED REAR SEATS, TURN SIGNAL INDICATOR MIRRORS, POWER LIFTGATE, HEATED DOOR MIRRORS, RAIL ROOF RACK, AUTO-DIMMING DOOR MIRRORS, ALLOY WHEELS, FULLY AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS AND SO MUCH MORE!! ROCKVILLE AUDI, THE MID ATLANTIC'S NUMBER 1 CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED DEALERSHIP!! ALSO AVAILABLE ON MOST CARS UP TO 10 YEARS OLD AND LESS THAN 120K MILES ARE OPTIONAL VEHICLE SERVICE CONTRACTS WHICH CAN OFTEN BE INCLUDED DIRECTLY WITH YOUR FINANCING OR CASH PAYMENT. MARYLAND STATE INSPECTED WITH OVER 120 POINT INSPECTION PERFORMED BY A TRAINED TECHNICIAN. BUYERS SHOULD TAKE PRIDE IN KNOWING THAT MARYLAND HAS ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE STATE INSPECTIONS IN THE COUNTRY. BUYERS COME FROM FAR AND WIDE FOR THE VALUE AVAILABLE WITH A SONIC PRE-OWNED VEHICLE. WE REGULARLY PICK-UP CLIENTS THAT USE OUR LOCAL ACCESS TO METRO AND AMTRAK, OR BY DC/BALTIMORE AIRPORTS.

Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat Black premium leather70,144 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
List:$23,683
Est.Loan: $431/mo
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"Deep Cherry Red Crystal 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD 8-Speed Automatic 3.6L V6 Flex Fuel 24V VVT 4WD

Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat Black premium leather80,940 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
List:$19,000
Est.Loan: $346/mo
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Black Forest Green Pearl Coat Black premium leather37,383 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
List:$23,999
Est.Loan: $437/mo
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Looking for a clean, well-cared for 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee? This is it. This vehicle is loaded with great features, plus it comes with the CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee. This Jeep Grand Cherokee offers all the comforts of a well-optioned sedan with the utility you demand from an SUV. Want to brave the road less traveled? You'll have the 4WD capabilities to do it with this vehicle. The Grand Cherokee Limited is well maintained and has just 37,383mi. This low amount of miles makes this vehicle incomparable to the competition. More information about the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee: The Jeep Grand Cherokee has proven itself the premiere luxury SUV for 20 years. The latest Grand Cherokee builds on that tradition by offering civilized highway driving as well as the equipment to make a credible show off-road. The base Laredo 4x2 starts at just under $29,000 and comes very well-equipped. And the top-of-the-line SRT's all-wheel-drive on-road performance rivals that of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, but for half the price. Interesting features of this model are high-performance SRT variant, powerful engine lineup with new diesel availability, True, proven off-road prowess, and luxurious interior

Bright White Clear Coat Black premium leather58,425 miles
Used 2014Jeep Grand CherokeeLimited
List:$21,997
Est.Loan: $401/mo
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White 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD 8-Speed Automatic 3.6L V6 Flex Fuel 24V VVT Grand Cherokee Limited, 4D Sport Utility, 3.6L V6 Flex Fuel 24V VVT, 8-Speed Automatic, 4WD, White. Recent Arrival! Awards: * 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick Reviews: * Strong and fuel-efficient engine lineup, including a new diesel V6; upscale interior; plenty of luxury and technology-oriented features; irrefutable off-road ability; outlandish SRT model. Source: Edmunds * Redesigned for 2014 the Jeep Grand Cherokee is already making praises and setting standards for performance, luxury, Best-in-Class Highway Fuel Economy, and attention to detail. A confident and elegant exterior design exudes strength from every angle. For 2014, every Grand Cherokee from Laredo to Summit features premium styling treatments including new, modern front grille and fascia treatments, daytime running headlamps, projector fog lamps and capless fuel fillers. The rear of the Grand Cherokee offers new, larger taillamps with signature LED lighting, a larger rear aerodynamic spoiler and a re-sculpted tailgate for greater rear visibility, and a new capless fuel fill and power liftgate for more simplicity and convenience. Grand Cherokee comes standard with seating for up to five passengers. The new, available premium-quality Natura Plus leather is soft and supple and has outstanding breathability that makes the leather more comfortable in both hot and cold weather. Adding to the luxury and comfort are heated/ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. The rear cargo area in the 2014 Grand Cherokee lets you configure up to 68.3 cubic feet of storage when the rear seat is folded down. Choose from 3 different engines including the new 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 which can attain up to 30hwy mpg, drive up to 730 miles on one tank and tow up to 7,400 pounds. The 3.6L V6 engine features new eight-speed automatic transmission, with paddle-shift steering wheel controls and the new Eco Mode improves fuel efficiency by 9% and allows you to tow up to 6,200 pounds. Finally, the 5.7L V8 engine with Fuel Saving Technology boasts 360hp and 390lb-ft of torque and provides a Best-in-Class 7,400-pound towing capacity. Inside the newly updated Uconnect System features a massive 8.4-inch touchscreen, Full-Feature Navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link/SiriusXM Traffic and HD Radio. Enjoy music on 1 of the 3 available speaker systems including the top of the line Harman Kardon 19 speaker system. Source: The Manufacturer Summary

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Features & Specs

SRT 4dr SUV 4WD (6.4L 8cyl 8A)
MPG15
Seating5
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Fuelgas
Horsepower470 hp @ 6000 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    Overall5/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    Overall5/5
  • Side Barrier Rating

    Overall5/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front Seat5/5
    Back Seat5/5
  • Rollover

    Rollover3/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover20.4%

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Jeep SRT - eats German luxury SUVs for lunch!
I have had the Jeep SRT for almost 3 years now and love it. I usually swap vehicles every 3 or 4 years, but dont think i'll be doing any swapping anytime soon. Performance tires only last 17k miles! But that's performance tires for you. Swapping them out for far cheaper performance tires that last twice as long. Only had to do oil changes and tire rotations otherwise. Still decently fast. Sounds awesome! Fastest time is still 4.3 seconds, althought computer shows 3.8 after last upgrade. Hmmm... overall very satisified with the Jeep. Original review : I laugh when some claim a Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5 M are better or are in a different class. I originally was looking at an X3 M-Sport, but couldn't swallow spending almost 60K for an X3. I also considered the Audi SQ5, a used X5M. And I couldn't stand the snobby dealers with their nose in the air. I eventually ran into the Jeep SRT. Not only is it the most appealing of the luxury SUVs, the new interior for 2014 was bar none the best. Perhaps Audi and BMW can take a lesson from this. And it is FAST! I love that it's only marginally 'slower' than a Cayenne Turbo S that costs more than 2X! I DID 0-60 in 4.3 SEC! You decide if that's slow! Love the SRT and looking forward to many years!
Not safe to drive!
Where to start. When the car arrived there were some interior pieces partially off and in the front passenger side a bunch of wires were hanging down by the floor. Red flag? Hmm. Here we go, Issues I have had: -Control screen goes black randomly and radio shuts off. As well as everything else I access via this screen. -Randomly says key fab has left the vehicle and dings when it hasn't. -AC/Heat are extremes. If you decide to adjust temp, takes like 15 minutes for it to actually change. -Gear shifter, yikes! Hard to know what you actually shifted into. You think you pushed it all the way forward for Park but no, half the time, it is in reverse. -----SCARIEST of all is the transmission! It hesitates whenever you need sudden acceleration like trying to make a left turn! Almost got into a few accidents because of this potentially deadly flaw. I have to drive knowing that my transmission will seize and not to try and to do any rapid or quick accelerations. Had it looked at many times and they tell me nothing is wrong. We updated software, have a great day. I leased this poor excuse for a vehicle and I wish I could get rid of it today. Will never buy another Jeep Vehicle again.
Great to Drive
I have always been impressed with the driving and handling of my Jeep. Several issues would be the driver front visibility when turning left due to outside mirror placement. Also, the back up camera screen frequently goes to a blue screen. Probably the most downside is the frequent maintenance ever 3 months. Otherwise a great SUV.
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A looming dome of slickrock juts up abruptly from the trail ahead. We gently kiss the front tires of our 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee up against the stone and squeeze the throttle to begin the 200-foot ascent.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 under the hood of our test vehicle is unfazed as it climbs the slab with a self-assured steadiness that comes in part from the ultra-low 1st gear in this Jeep's new eight-speed transmission. Here in low range, the crawl ratio is now a stupendous 44:1 instead of the 30:1 low-low creep available last year.

Hours later, back on the asphalt, the taller 8th gear has the engine turning 200 rpm less than last year's gearbox, which is good for slight reductions in noise and fuel consumption. And the more closely spaced ratios between these upper and lower limits do an impressive job of improving shift smoothness and overall responsiveness as we start to interact with traffic closer to home.

It's surprising how a couple of extra gears can simultaneously expand the performance envelope and knock the rough edges off the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This is one nice rig.

New Where It Counts
Technically, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee does not represent a distinctly new generation because the basic body structure and sheet metal are unchanged. As with the 2013 Ram 1500 last year, we'd excuse you for walking straight past a 2014 GC in a parking lot if you didn't know to look for the handsome new headlights, taillights, grille and bumper covers.

Under the hood, the base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 still makes 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 still churns out 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. But the new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission transforms them both, and there's more to it than mere gears. This new gearbox has a brain that can respond to conditions with more than 90 different shift schedules.

We liked the base V6 well enough last year, but with its five-speed automatic there was an occasional lurchiness to the proceedings and the old gearbox tended to dither when climbing long highway grades. The robust Hemi V8 and its six-speed exhibited less of this, but there's no denying that this new eight-speed, the standard offering, has brought a new level of refinement and clairvoyance to the way both motors go about their business.

And both are more efficient, picking up 1-2 mpg depending on the engine and drive combination. The 4x4 V6 gains 1 mpg across the board, rising to 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, but a 4x2 Hemi V8 gains 2 mpg on the highway (from 20 to 22 mpg) while its city rating holds steady at 14 mpg.

Now With Diesel Power
A 1 or 2 mpg gain is nice, but you need to opt for the new 3.0-liter turbocharged Ecodiesel V6 if you want real mpg gains — and a bucketload of torque, besides.

Bolted to the same eight-speed gearbox, the Ecodiesel is said to achieve the same or better mpg in the city (22 for the 4x2 and 21 for the 4x4) than the Hemi V8 does on the open road. On the highway the diesel 4x4 is good for 28 mpg and the 4x2 hits the magic 30 mpg-mark.

But the Ecodiesel gives up nothing to the Hemi V8 when it comes to towing, as they both share a rating of 7,400 pounds. The smaller diesel can do that thanks to its 420 lb-ft of torque, some 30 more than the Hemi can deliver. Sure, the diesel's horsepower is a modest 240, but anyone who spends time climbing grades, towing a trailer or maneuvering off-road will be satisfied with the ample torque.

In the backcountry, our Ecodiesel tester creeps over obstacles and yawns up the steep slickrock face with the barest encouragement from our right boot. There's enough diesel sound at idle and when accelerating from rest to remind us of what resides under the hood, but it disappears into the background at cruising speed.

Emissions are kept in check with a diesel particulate filter and a special SCR catalyst that receives intermittent squirts of diesel exhaust fluid, but the DEF tank is sufficiently large that it only needs to be refilled at the 10,000-mile service interval.

Jeep is asking a $4,500 premium for the diesel engine, which makes it $2,305 more expensive than the Hemi V8. A bit of quick math using national average fuel prices reveals that the Ecodiesel will pay for itself relative to the Hemi V8 in about 35,000 miles. Guess you really have to want the extra torque.

Quadra-(Fill in the Blank) Off-Road Equipment
Maximum fuel economy and minimum price comes with the dedicated rear-drive models that are available in each of the four trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland and the new top-dog Summit that has everything. But Jeeps are all about off-road, so no fewer than three different full-time four-wheel-drive systems are on the menu.

Quadra-Trac I, essentially an all-wheel-drive system that lacks a low-range transfer case, comes standard on Laredo. Quadra-Trac II adds the transfer case, braked-based slip control and a Selec-Terrain traction management system that can send up to 100 percent of the torque to the front or rear axle. QTII is optional on Laredo and standard on Limited and Overland.

The Selec-Terrain knob features five traction settings: Sand, Mud, Snow, Rock and Auto. There's a very effective hill descent control, and for 2014 a Selec-Speed hill ascent control has been added that can also creep uphill in low range without constant driver input. Selec-Speed proves to be very effective on the march up the slickrock slab, but the new transmission creeps so well that we're not sure why we'd ever engage Selec-Speed.

Quadra-Drive II differs from Quadra-Trac II in that it has an electronic limited-slip rear differential that can shift power left or right up to 100 percent depending on available traction. QDII is optional on Overland and standard on the Summit, but only with the V8 or diesel engines.

And then there's the Quadra-Lift air suspension, which offers four drive heights and an ultra-low park mode. There's 8.7 inches of ground clearance in Normal mode, and two Off-Road modes that add 1.3 and 2.6 inches of lift. Aero mode self-engages and drops the Grand Cherokee 0.6 inch below standard height at highway speeds to improve fuel economy. Quadra-Lift is optional on Limited and comes standard on Overland and Summit.

Daily Drive
But even Jeeps live mostly on asphalt, and to that end a dose of targeted attention has been focused on the interior. At first glance it looks like a direct carryover, and much of it is, including everything behind the front seats. But a closer look reveals a higher level of fit and finish and numerous functional changes.

A new leather-wrapped electronic shift lever controls the eight-speed gearbox, and all trim levels and engines get Sport and Manual modes with paddle shifters. We like the very intuitive three-knob climate and audio control layout that replaces the cumbersome one-knob system of yore.

The dash now houses a standard configurable 7-inch TFT screen that sits between a trio of real analog gauges. Too many display screens to list here can be easily conjured from an array of buttons on the left steering wheel spoke, but they include detailed fuel economy feedback, a variety of specialty information contained within the arc of a convincing virtual analog speedometer, special off-road status screens or, simply, a big fat digital speedometer.

An available 8.4-inch touchscreen dominates the center stack, with satellite radio, Bluetooth and a very smart iteration of Uconnect that frankly kicks the butt of MyFord Touch and CUE. It includes a Wi-Fi hotspot, voice-to-text message dictation to your paired smartphone and access to an array of media apps from Pandora to iHeartRadio to Slacker, all of which can be controlled by voice or steering controls.

Backlit USB ports abound, front and back, and there's a 115-volt power outlet behind the front console. An available dual-screen rear seat entertainment system ($1,995) with Blu-Ray playback and independent input jacks built right into each front seatback has replaced the single roof-mounted screen that made it impossible to simultaneously opt for a rear sunroof. This year you can order both.

The Price of Progress
With the addition of the intelligent eight-speed transmission, the 7-inch TFT dash and other advances, the price of the entry-level Laredo has risen $1,100 to $29,790 with destination charges included.

Meanwhile, the high-volume Limited's price has dropped $1,300 because HID headlights, sunroof and navigation have been moved to the options list. Get the $4,000 Luxury Group II to add them back in (also with Uconnect, ventilated seats and more) and the year-over year price increase reveals itself once more.

The Overland includes the Luxury Group II bits, Quadra-Lift air suspension and other goodies for $43,990. But this is no longer the top dog in the GC world. You now have the option of going for the new $48,990 Summit model that includes all the high-end tech, safety and luxury goods except for the optional rear seat entertainment.

The V6 is the only Laredo engine, but above that the V8 and Ecodiesel engines are sold strictly as stand-alone options all the way to the Summit level. The same is true of the 4x4, which adds $2,000 to Laredo and Limited and $3,000 to Overland and Summit.

Verdict: Worth It
In the end the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes off as a premium SUV that's worthy of its slightly higher 2014 price. The base Pentastar V6 does not feel as if it's in over its head, and the eight-speed has added a level of sophistication to the on-road driving experience. Much the same can be said of the changes to the interior display screens, telematics and controls.

Efficiency is up a bit across the board, and the new gearing has boosted off-road drivability, the essential Jeepiness of the thing. And though we won't tow test one until later, this new transmission can only mean good things for trailering.

Perhaps the biggest big surprise to us is how much we dig the new Ecodiesel V6 power plant. And we're frankly floored that our calculations suggest a 35,000-mile payback time relative to the Hemi V8. If you plan to keep yours longer, why wouldn't you?

While none of the engines are a bad choice, make ours an Ecodiesel. And then point us to the nearest patch of slickrock. This is the way to go in a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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