Looking for a truly off-road-ready SUV at a reasonable price? The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
TRAVIS LANGNESS: I'm Travis Langness, Edmunds editor. And this is the Expert Rundown of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 2017 Grand Cherokee gets an off-road Trailhawk model. And the top of the line Summit model gets some new styling. And there are a few new features, like self-parking system and lane departure warning. In its class, it's definitely a standout. All the trim levels, other than top of the line Summit are Trail Rated. So pretty much each one of them can go pretty far off-road. The base trim level comes with a decent V6 gasoline engine, but it's not our favorite. If we're honest, we'd upgrade to the diesel or the available V8. Those are both great. And they improve tow ratings quite a bit. No matter what model you get for the Grand Cherokee, it's got a plush interior, lots of luxury and available tech, and comfortable seats, easy to use Uconnect interface. Those are two of the best parts of the interior. The ride quality is a bit disappointing, especially with the air suspension. We'd think it'd be a little bit better. But it's totally livable. The Grand Cherokee we recommend is the Trailhawk model. Even in the base levels, you get a lot of standard kit. But the Trailhawk model comes with the extra off-road equipment as well as all the swanky stuff, like ventilated seats and the 8.4-inch touchscreen. Bottom line, the Jeep Grand Cherokee may be getting on in age, but it's definitely still one of our favorite SUVs on the road. For more reviews of key competitors, go to YouTube and check out more of the Edmunds Expert Rundowns.
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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Overview
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel is offered in the following styles: Limited 75th Anniversary 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A). Grand Cherokee Diesel models are available with a 0-liter diesel engine, with output up to 240 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 Grand Cherokee Diesel comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 Grand Cherokee Diesel comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.