There is no true fan of high-riding vehicles that will turn away an offer to drive Jeep’s Grand Cherokee. This isn’t “love it or hate it” SUV, because the car offers really everything you need. Although the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee has no changes compared to the previous model year. However, it’s still fresh and exciting option. Moreover, this fourth generation model came as the all-new in 2010, but it still exceeds most of its competitors. This is due the luxurious exterior and interior styling, really magnificent features and pretty capable performance, which keeps the SUV nailed to the road and off the road as well. If you are looking for a flaw, this could be its fuel economy, because the manufacturer offers some pretty thirsty options, as it is the Hemi.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Styling and Convenience
The carmaker has never emphasized SUV’s luxurious side, but from our point of view, there is no need for that. The 2017 Grand Cherokee features a handsome and mighty exterior styling. So, you immediately realize that it is not some “joke”, but the amazing and premium SUV. By looking from the front, you will see quite unusual face, which revels pretty nice grille and inconspicuous headlights. All the way down, the SUV sports an outstanding bumper styling with lots of chrome and large air intakes. The overall bodywork isn’t too dynamic, but it’s not boxy either. We would rather say that the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee looks just exactly as it should look a true SUV. The powerful design is additionally boosted with wide shoulders, while the rear end features great layout and quite unique taillights.
If you jump inside, the 2017 Grand Cherokee will reveal an impressive design with marvelous materials and plenty of luxury. A five-passenger setup is the best you will get, because the SUV still doesn’t offer seating for seven. However, the next generation model will definitely have this option, so if you really need this, you will have to wait for another year or two. If not, you will get plenty of room for all five passengers.
After all, with 114.8-inch long wheelbase, the 2017 Grand Cherokee must be cozy and spacious. Also, the doors are opening up 78 degrees. You actually can jump in the car at full speed without any problem. No, no we are just kidding. Don’t do that. Anyway, except of the unsurpassed leg- and head-room, the SUV’s seats are having good back support. As for the cargo room, well there is 36.3 cubic feet, which isn’t too bad at all.
Interior Design and Features:
Jeep’s most luxurious SUV comes in five trim levels and several special editions, so we aren’t sure where to start. Although, it hasn’t been redesigned for almost seven year, the vehicle offers quite impressive technology. There is an amazing infotainment system with 8.4-inch LCD touchscreen, which also in charge for car’s climate. We can say that the tilt and telescoping steering wheel does the great job, but we are a bit confused with a big number of buttons here. Still, you can use voice commands, which are pretty reliable. As for the rest of the standard equipment, you will also get cruise control, keyless entry, AM/FM audio system with CD player and satellite radio.
In case you need more, you can choose the Laredo or even the Limited model that adds leather all around the interior, as well as rearview camera, navigation, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and off-reading-assistance and lots more. The Overland trim features even better equipment, so can you imagine what is hidden inside of the Summit or SRT models. Well, we gotta say that these are really special options, which is pretty clear when you look at prices, because the Summit starts over $50K, while the SRT goes over $70K. Still, except of powerful drivetrains, they are loaded with a bunch of additional options, fancy cloth and wood accents.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Options
Under the hood, the Grand Cherokee offers really “grand” engines. The base model runs a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 mill, which is capable to deliver 295 horsepower, and this is 5 ponies more from the last year’s model.
Their also a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that develops around 360 HP. This engine may be more powerful than the Pentastar, but it features really horrible fuel economy.
In case you need something ultra-efficient, you could go for an oil-burner model. It uses an impressive 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 with 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. For example, the thirsty Hemi unit and this diesel option are able to two up to 7,400 pounds, while the V6 stays lower at 6,400 pounds, so you could seriously reconsider what do you need.
Still, the wildest performance comes with the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. This model uses an impressive 6.4-liter V-8 mill that produces 470 horsepower. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all four wheels, which helps the SUV to develop a fast 0-60 sprint of 4.8 seconds. Top speed is limited at 160 mph, while if you hit the brakes at 60 mph, the car stops in just 116 feet. This is really amazing result for this type of vehicle.
You don’t have to be a genius to guess which one powertrain delivers the best fuel economy of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s the diesel of course, and yes it’s pretty impressive, because the rear-wheel drive model gets 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined. The AWD version stops at 21/28/24 mpg, which is also very impressive. On the other hand, the Hemi V-8 is seriously bad and achieves just 14/20/17 mpg. The SRT model goes even worse (13/19/15), but this is pretty expected because of the output. The Pentastar is only acceptable unit, but this is due the new stop/start system that improved fuel efficiency on 19/26/22 for rear-wheel drive and 18/25/21 for all four wheels.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee isn’t just a single SUV. The carmaker offers a wide range of trim levels and special editions, so don’t you be surprised with a pretty expansible price range. It starts low at $30,000, but reaches $66,000, which is the current price of the ultra-premium SRT model.