2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel

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Pros

  • Appealing engines, including a thrifty diesel V6 and a brawny V8
  • Enough off-road ability to conquer practically any trail
  • Plush interior with plentiful luxury and technology
  • Impressive tow ratings for the class

Cons

  • Ride quality may disappoint, even with air suspension
  • Diesel engine is noisy at idle and low speeds


Which Grand Cherokee does Edmunds recommend?

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a lot of standard and optional features to choose from, but in general, we're most fond of the off-road-ready Trailhawk. It can go nearly anywhere and yet still comes with swanky equipment such as ventilated seats and the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. The Trailhawk's standard V6 is capable, but an upgrade to the diesel-powered V6 or the 5.7-liter V8 will significantly increase tow ratings. Beyond the extra pulling power, the diesel V6 offers impressive fuel economy, and the V8 gives this Jeep the character of a classic muscle car.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

It's hard to find a truly off-road-ready SUV these days, especially at a reasonable price. But if you're shopping for one, Jeep has you covered with the 2017 Grand Cherokee.

Off-road prowess isn't the Grand Cherokee's only trick, though. Three compelling engines help set the Jeep Grand Cherokee apart. The base 3.6-liter gasoline V6 delivers decent power and fuel economy; the optional turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 increases fuel economy considerably and also pumps up the low-end torque. As for the available 5.7-liter V8, it sounds great and rivals the diesel with its robust towing capacity.

In addition to its well-sorted powertrains, the Grand Cherokee offers just about every upscale amenity and high-tech option you can think of. A premium interior and serious versatility make the Grand Cherokee a standout in the class. For Trail Rated luxury in a stylish package, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is certainly tough to top.

Trim levels & features

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that comes in five trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland and Summit. Each is available with rear-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), except the Trailhawk, which is 4WD-only. One of our favorite things about the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is that it feels relatively plush whatever trim level you choose. Certain desirable upgrades are offered only on higher trims, however, including the 8.4-inch touchscreen and the optional diesel V6 and gasoline V8 engines.

The base Laredo comes fairly well-equipped, including a 3.6-liter V6 engine (295 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque) with an eight-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a 5-inch touchscreen, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

If you're looking for a few more creature comforts (or if you just need heated seats for cold winter commutes), then check out the Limited trim level. On Limited and above, you can go with the standard V6 or you can opt for one of two more capable motors. The first is a 5.7-liter V8 (360 hp, 390 lb-ft), and the second is a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 (240 hp, 420 lb-ft). An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard for both. Other standard equipment on the Limited includes 18-inch wheels, additional chrome exterior trim, remote start, an auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirror, a power liftgate, a 115-volt power outlet, satellite radio, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar adjustment), driver-seat memory settings and an additional USB charging port.

New to the Grand Cherokee lineup this year is the Trailhawk trim level. Without a doubt, it's one of the most capable off-road SUVs in its class. On top of the Limited trim, it adds unique exterior styling flourishes, different 18-inch wheels with off-road tires, four-wheel drive with low-range gearing (Quadra-Drive II), an adjustable air suspension (Quadra-Lift) with increased suspension travel and other Trailhawk-specific tuning, hill ascent and descent control, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, underbody skid plates, trim-specific interior styling, and an upgraded instrument cluster display with exclusive off-road features. The Trailhawk also adds power-folding mirrors, ventilated front seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen interface with voice controls and a nine-speaker sound system.

Next in the Grand Cherokee lineup is the Overland. It has a few more luxury options and shares the Trailhawk's latter four standard features as well as a mainstream version of its air suspension. It also adds 20-inch wheels, automatic wipers, xenon headlights with auto leveling and auto high-beam control, LED daytime running lights and foglights, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, HD radio, a power-adjustable steering wheel and extended leather upholstery. Consider the Overland if you're looking for something classy and well-equipped right near the top of the range.

If you want everything you can get out of a Grand Cherokee, the top-of-the-line Summit trim is the one to have. It includes the Overland's standard equipment plus polished 20-inch wheels, headlamp washers, front parking sensors, a self-parking system (both parallel and perpendicular), illuminated doorsills, additional noise-reducing acoustic glass for the windows, active noise-canceling technology, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and upgraded leather upholstery with diamond-quilted accents. (A full leather interior with even more coverage is an extra-cost option.)

Many of the higher trims' standard features are offered on lesser models as options. A dual-screen rear entertainment system with Blu-ray capability is optional for the Limited, Trailhawk, Overland and Summit. Quite a few aesthetic upgrades are also available, including a 75th Anniversary package that adds gloss-black exterior trim.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit (3.0L V6 diesel; 4x4; 8-speed automatic). NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Grand Cherokee has received some revisions, including a new gearshift lever, the addition of electric-assist power steering and a weight reduction courtesy of some aluminum suspension components. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Grand Cherokee.

Driving

3.5
The EcoDiesel V6 is the way to go if you're serious about fuel economy, towing and off-roading. Plus, it's quicker than the standard V6. Off-road grip is sensational, but on-road handling is mediocre at best. The top-level Summit model we tested is the only Grand Cherokee that's not Trail Rated.

Acceleration

3.5
The EcoDiesel 3.0-liter V6 is all about torque, a full 420 lb-ft worth. With 0-60 mph arriving in 7.7 seconds, it's quicker than the V6-gasoline GC. The eight-speed automatic is smooth, though its shifts are slow. For more thrilling acceleration, check out the V8.

Braking

3.0
Around town, the Grand Cherokee brakes provide decent power and pedal feel. At the test track though, the GC nosedives and squirms during full panic stops. It took 121 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is average for the class.

Steering

2.0
The GC's steering has a light effort and a chunky steering wheel that feels good in your hands, which should suit most people. Unfortunately it also doesn't have much in the way of feel, so you never really know what the front tires are up to on road or off.

Handling

2.0
Whether at the test track or on back roads, the Grand Cherokee feels lethargic and heavy. It has little roll control, meaning it leans considerably through corners. The stability control intervenes early and often.

Drivability

3.0
The eight-speed automatic shifts seamlessly on the highway, though there's some jerkiness in stop-and-go traffic, and the engine requires more revs than you expect to get going. The massive amount of turbodiesel torque means you can easily hold just one gear up long grades.

Off-road

4.0
The Summit model, with its low front fascia, isn't Trail Rated, despite the Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system and height-adjustable air suspension. Still, it's ultra-capable when scurrying up steep off-road trails.

Comfort

3.5
The Grand Cherokee has excellent sound deadening, plus supportive seats and plenty of room to stretch out. Although we expected good things from the air suspension, it suffers in the city, struggling to soak up smaller bumps.

Seat comfort

4.0
The front seats are wide and overstuffed with padding, yet they are surprisingly firm. Adjustable lumbar and heating and cooling up front are complemented by well-padded armrests. Rear reclining seatbacks have easy-access levers. The rear middle seat is livable but not wide enough for adults.

Ride comfort

2.0
Oddly, the optional air suspension struggles to absorb smaller pavement ripples, allowing significant vibration into the cabin. It's definitely not the best urban vehicle. Big bumps, on the other hand, are absorbed with ease.

Noise & vibration

4.0
The optional diesel engine clatter makes it louder at idle than rival gas engines, but the EcoDiesel is considerably quieter at full throttle, partially because it doesn't rev as high. Dual-pane front glass means nearly zero wind noise on the highway.

Climate control

Large primary buttons and knobs for the climate control system are easy to operate and the system cools/warms the cabin well. Some of the secondary controls located in the infotainment screen are a bit harder to find, though, and can be frustrating even for owners used to the system.

Interior

4.0
Jeep's most recent improvements certainly make the Grand Cherokee's cabin a nice place to be. The Uconnect infotainment system, materials and controls are at the top of the class, though the touchscreen forces too many steps for certain functions.

Ease of use

3.0
The centerpiece is an excellent chunky steering wheel paired with solid, substantial controls. Large, grippy knobs for stereo volume/tuning/fan speed are nice, but some climate control functions require three to four button pushes through the touchscreen. Ridiculous.

Getting in/getting out

3.5
Wide-opening front doors help entry. The step-in height is higher than average, but the air suspension can be lowered when parked. The rear doors also open wide, though the opening is compromised by the intrusive rear wheelwell and wide rocker panels.

Roominess

4.5
Despite the high seating position, there's still generous headroom up front. Good elbow room, too, and the center console leaves room for the driver's right knee. Excellent rear foot- and kneeroom, plus plenty of headroom.

Visibility

4.0
The windshield pillars are fairly long and thick, hampering views on curvy roads. Most other pillars are narrow, though, and the tall side windows facilitate lane changes. Standard rearview camera and parking sensors are especially handy in a tall SUV.

Utility

4.0
When you consider all that it offers in one package, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is very utilitarian. It has above-average tow ratings, an optional adjustable air suspension and decent cargo space, although the latter could be better in terms of maximum capacity.

Small-item storage

The main front bin has little space and a cheap-feeling door. Up front, the door pockets are too narrow for most hands. There are, however, good anti-tip cupholders.

Cargo space

4.0
The Jeep Grand Cherokee's trunk isn't the largest in the department; it also doesn't have a very low load floor, but with the optional air suspension you can lower the ride height when you park. The trunk houses a full-size spare and still offers 36.3 cubic feet of space.

Child safety seat accommodation

There are two sets of two latches, each on the outboard positions of the rear seat. Realistically, you'll be able to put two child seats in the rear.

Towing

5.0
The EcoDiesel and Hemi V8 4x4s have the same tow rating: 7,200 pounds. Two-wheel-drive models can tow 7,400 pounds, while gasoline V6 models can tow 6,200 pounds. Most crossover SUVs don't come anywhere close to those numbers.

Technology

Though the Uconnect system in the Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the most user-friendly on the market, our test vehicle had several issues with reliability during operation. Knobs often failed to respond to inputs, and the satellite radio cut out so many times that we lost track.

Audio & navigation

Audio and navigation controls are extremely user-friendly. Almost any novice can master the basic functions of the Uconnect system after just a few uses. The optional nine-speaker stereo has good sound quality and dynamic range.

Smartphone integration

Connecting via Bluetooth or USB is easy and quick with the Grand Cherokee. Songs and podcasts are indexed with lightning speed. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however, are not available.

Driver aids

Optional systems such as blind-spot monitoring and forward collision mitigation are nice to have, but unfortunately they're oversensitive in the Grand Cherokee. Warnings sound with the slightest encroachment on other cars or even when a car is two lanes away in your blind spot.

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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.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Expert Rundown

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.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$41,505
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
240 hp @ 3600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Grand Cherokee safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitoring
Along with rear cross-traffic alert, the Grand Cherokee's blind-spot monitor helps detect cars that aren't visible in your mirrors.
Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation
This optional system can detect objects (or cars that have stopped short) in your path and apply emergency braking.
Lane Departure Warning
This feature warns you when you're drifting out of your lane and prompts you to correct your heading.

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%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Marginal
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

With a unique blend of off-road chops, decent highway manners and around-town maneuverability, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of shoppers looking for an upscale midsize SUV. Even though controversial redesigns have softened some of the traditional Jeep styling cues, resulting in sleeker lines and a more aerodynamic look, the Grand Cherokee retains enough muscular Jeep DNA to preserve its appeal to purists. And the less trucklike appearance has allowed it to attract entirely new groups of buyers.

For 2017, Jeep has made a rearview camera and rear parking sensors standard equipment on all Grand Cherokee models. The line-topping Summit trim level gains updated styling and a more luxurious interior. Perhaps the most intriguing news for 2017 is the addition of the Trailhawk model with 18-inch off-road tires, air suspension with extra travel, skidplates and an electronic limited-slip differential.

Standard power for the Grand Cherokee comes from a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and comes linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Other engine choices abound. There are V8s of 360 horsepower and 475 hp, as well as a 240-hp diesel V6. All models are available with four-wheel drive, except the off-road-oriented Trailhawk, on which it's standard.

Fuel economy for the base rear-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee with the V6 engine is EPA-rated at 21 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway). Choose the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with four-wheel drive and the rating drops to 15 mpg combined (13 city/19 highway).

The experience of driving the Grand Cherokee can vary, depending on which trim level you choose and what you ask it to do. Equipped with four-wheel drive, all models except the posh Summit are capable off-roaders. True, most buyers won't ever wander off into the dirt, but those who do will find Jeep's flagship able to conquer the majority of the competition. On the open road, the Grand Cherokee is surprisingly smooth and comfortable, thanks to suspension that is tuned to split the difference between utility hauler and people carrier. But there's no way this SUV can be can considered a sportster. It's just not oriented toward corner-carving.

There's a good story inside the Grand Cherokee as well. The interior of even the base Laredo model is well designed and pleasant, with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, an infotainment center with Bluetooth connectivity and a 5-inch touchscreen. Moving up to the Limited and Overland trim levels adds a host of comfort and convenience features, and the top-of-the-line Summit piles on more of those, plus increasingly luxurious interior touches. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee that best meets your needs.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Overview

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