I have owned mostly smaller SUVs in the past including Honda CRV, 3 Subaru Outbacks and most recently Jeep Renegade. I finally made a leap to the mid SUV segment and got a 2017 Jeep GC Limited.. What a difference. For a bigger SUV, it drives smooth, very quiet and it is totally not a gas guzzler as I initially worried about. In fact for the power of the engine I was getting 24-25 during the summer time and about 21-22 in our winter so far. Interior is clean and upscale looking better than the Toyota Highlanders and Honda Pilot. I am very impressed with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's value at all levels.
2017 Model was tweaked to make it look very up to date both inside and out. Quality of materials is excellent. I previously had a good-handling sedan so am used to a more precise handling vehicle but am getting used to the Jeep. Acceleration is adequate. It's not a racer. Handling is good. The cabin is fairly quiet. The infotainment interface and power ports are much better than what I had on my GM car. Cargo capacity is quite good. Climate controls are easy to use and the heater warms up quite quickly. My wife thinks I'm nuts for buying a rugged SUV to commute to a train station but I like the rugged look and can't wait until the first snowfall here in Eastern PA.
Can't Find a Better Value in the Car Market Today!
written on 03-18-2017
Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Just leased my 2017 Trailhawk but I'm in love. This is a very different vehicle for me. I had previously only driven BMW 3-Series (except for brief stint with Infiniti) but wanted to move into an SUV. Every time I open the door to my Jeep I'm greeted with a level of luxury that you would find on a premium make. I opted for a loaded model with the Luxury and Active Safety Group. Both upgrades I would fully recommend. The Panoramic roof really brightens up the all black interior, while the LED DRL add an aggressive look. The adaptive cruise system is excellent. It can control your speed all the way down to a standstill but will only hold the brakes for about 3 seconds. Where it exceeds other systems on the market is following distance, it doesn't leave a huge gap in vehicles (allowing other drivers to cut in) at the closet setting. Making it actually functional in city traffic. Other active safety features include self-parking which works great once it locks onto a spot, as well as the lane keeping system, which subtlely nudges you back into your lane if drifting. The V6 is plenty of power in this car, especially after the 2016 upgrades. I average about 18mpg driving around (60% city/40% highway). My only complaint so far is in regard to the SRT seats included on the Trailhawk model. While the bolsters on the back piece are great, the bottom portion are a little tight. An adjustable bolster system similar to my old 328i would help. My only long term concern is reliability, an attribute FCA isn't known for, hence why I leased. I'll report back after put some more miles on.
Limited 75th Anniversary 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
After discussion with many jeep drivers, I was excited to get into one. I bought the 2016 Grand Cherokee Limited Edition 75th Anniversary Edition. After three times into the dealership for the same issue, we finally settled on it being a lemon. Here's the problem. The CAM sensor doesn't work and at the ignition start sets off your engine light and other issues. There weren't parts to fix it and had to wait. Finally was able to get into a 2017-same edition thinking it was just this one. After only owning for one week, back in the shop with the exact same issue. They fixed it by putting in new diffusers. I have been back on the road for less than two weeks, same issue has come up again. Two brand new jeeps and the same issue. They say there aren't issues with this edition but seriously, two in less than a year with the exact same issue. I have been patient and trying to work with the dealership on this. I have lost all confidence in the jeep brand. Great to hear that so many individuals out there are having a great experience with the brand. It just must not be for me. Watch out for the 75th edition release.
I leased the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk after considering the JGC Limited. When I looked at the standard features and option packages of each trim level the Trailhawk made more sense. The difference in the ride with the Quadra Lift suspension is remarkable. This is written while still in "honeymoon" stage, as I have owned the truck for just 3 weeks, but it has a better ride than my previous crossover GMC Acadia Denali 2014. I got luxury pig w pano roof, Xenon auto hi/lo beam headlights, & rain sensitive wipers. Loving it so far. Plenty of pick up w paddle shifters & auto stick yet my wife can leave it in regular automatic mode. She'd rather drive our jeep than our Benz!