2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee review

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Jeep Grand Cherokee highlights

Customer rating


  • Well equipped from the base model upward
  • Good both on- and off-road


  • Diesel engine is a bit noisy at idle and low speeds
  • Trunk space isn't as generous as in key rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

13 city, 19 highway, 15 combined

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From a fuel-efficient diesel to mighty V8s, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee has it all

With its Jeep badge, off-road ability is a key selling point of the Grand Cherokee, but plenty of buyers never go near an off-road trail. And for them, Jeep's midsize SUV has a lot to offer. The upscale interior is nicely finished, and even the entry-level Laredo trim comes with a good stock of standard equipment. There are also plenty of choices to increase the luxury and convenience. The 2017 Grand Cherokee offers six trim levels, including a pair of models that appeal to the ends of the buying spectrum. The Trailhawk is one, and, as its name suggests, it's suited for off-road trails and comes with the most off-road-focused equipment in a single trim. Elsewhere in the Grand Cherokee lineup, you'd need to option off-road packages and four-wheel drive and suspension systems. At the opposite end is the SRT, a thundering 475-hp V8-powered Grand Cherokee whose performance focus makes it desirable for road and possibly even track use.

Elsewhere in the range, the power isn't quite so outrageous, but with three available engines there's a powertrain for any buyer. There are two V6s, one the base 295-hp 3.6-liter gasoline unit and the other a 240-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel. The turbodiesel is the EPA fuel economy champion in the lineup. Topping the regular engine lineup is a 5.7-liter V8, which makes 360 hp, and like the diesel gives the Grand Cherokee serious towing capability. All engines use a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. With many choices and desirable qualities, the 2017 Grand Cherokee is impressive even six years after this model debuted. If you're in the market for a midsize SUV, chances are there's a Grand Cherokee to suit you.

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What is new for the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

  • The Grand Cherokee is available in a variety of new trims, including the Altitude, Laredo E, and Trailhawk.
  • The High Altitude and SRT Night trims have been discontinued for 2017.
  • Grand Cherokee trims have been upgraded with Automated Parking, Lane Departure Warning, and Alpine Sound System as standard equipment this year.
  • SiriusXM Trial Available features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Limited trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The Overland trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The Summit trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The SRT trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The 75TH Anniversary Edition trim now comes with Cloth Seats and Remote Start as standard equipment.
  • The Laredo trim now comes with Parking Sensors, Power Seat(s), Rear View Camera, and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1. Utility

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Undoubtedly one of the greatest things about the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is how truly utilitarian it is. Above all, it's very strong and has a high towing capacity. The base Grand Cherokee powered by a 295-horsepower 3.6L V6 engine and rear-wheel drive can tow up to an estimated 6,200 lbs when properly equipped, so you'll have no problems hauling a boat, jet ski, or trailer.

What's more, it has lots of small-item storage options throughout the cabin, this makes it great for passengers whether you're doing the school run or heading out on a road trip.

2. Refined interior

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The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a high-end interior that gives passengers a sense of luxury and refinement during each ride. The cabin is lined with soft-touch materials and various surfaces are covered in leather, such as the armrests, parts of the dashboard, and the upper door panels. Almost all controls for various vehicle systems are within reach, and the Uconnect® infotainment system is very user-friendly and intuitive, which makes it easy to use while driving and doesn't cause any distractions.

3. Off-road capability

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Another thing that sets the Grand Cherokee apart is its off-road prowess. This off-road-ready SUV comes standard with rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive available on all trims. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee owes its ability to conquer various rough terrains to a locking differential in the middle and 50/50 power split between the front and the rear, in addition to the special traction control system and the available hill ascent and descent control. With these off-road features, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is able to overcome pretty much every obstacle and all kinds of road surfaces with ease.

4. Lots of cargo space

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Having plenty of room for cargo is one of the greatest benefits of owning an SUV. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers greatly in this department, with a huge trunk and lots of small-item cargo options throughout the cabin. It offers 36.3 cu-ft of space behind the rear seat, and a maximum volume of 68.3 cu-ft when the rear seats are folded down. This means that it has enough room to carry all your belongings on your family vacations, haul any sporting equipment around town, several days' worth of groceries, or other large items you might need to transport without a hassle.

5. Attractive engine lineup

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On top of being extremely utilitarian and practical, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee provides a great driving experience as well. It's offered with an attractive engine lineup that can meet various preferences and driving styles. The base model is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which generates 295 hp. Available engines include a 5.7L V8 delivering 360 hp, and a turbocharged 240-hp 3.0L diesel V6.

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An available sliding rear cargo deck also provides easy access to camping gear.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited include:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a great SUV for a growing family or those who take frequent road trips and need more space.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Jeep Grand Cherokee an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Jeep Grand Cherokee 32nd out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee features and specs

Summit 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • CD Audio
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 40.3"/R 38.6"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 39.2"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee FAQ

More about the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Exterior colors:

  • Billet Silver Metallic

  • Bright White

  • Diamond Black Crystal

  • Granite Crystal Metallic

  • Recon Green

  • Rhino

  • True Blue

  • Velvet Red

  • Walnut Brown Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Light Frost Beige/Black

Child seat details

Two sets of lower LATCH connectors are standard in the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. They are located on the outboard seats, and there is one upper tether connection on the middle seat. You can install a rear-facing infant seat, as well as a rear-facing convertible, in addition to a high-back booster seat.

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee received overall 4/5 (2WD) and 5/5 (AWD) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

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