Few vehicles can handle a broad scope of duties as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, whether it's making a carpool run or conquering an off-road trail. Jeep serves up the 2016 Grand Cherokee with a choice of four engines, rear- or four-wheel drive, and five well-equipped trim levels. A number of packages will boost its off-road capabilities if adventure is on your mind. The Laredo kicks off the lineup, featuring alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control, and Bluetooth® connectivity for its 5-inch touchscreen-operated six-speaker sound system. The next-level Limited makes a lot of sense, featuring some desirable convenience features like a power tailgate, remote engine start, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
The Overland and Summit above the Limited add luxury and more high-tech features, but they start to look expensive alongside rivals, however well equipped they are. At the top of the lineup is the SRT model, a road-focused performance model, with a 6.4-liter V8 with 475 hp, and it looks like a bargain compared with its key high-performance rivals. Power for the rest of the lineup isn't quite as substantial, but it's certainly not lacking. The base gasoline engine is a 3.6-liter V6 with 295 hp, followed by a 360-hp 5.7-liter V8. There's a turbodiesel choice in the form of a 3.0-liter 240-hp V6, and its low-rev torque makes it adept at towing and off-roading. It offers attractive EPA estimates, too. All come with an eight-speed automatic as standard. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a tough, capable choice for a midsize SUV, one that offers an almost unique breadth of ability.