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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Jeep Grand Cherokee highlights

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Smart interior with plenty of comfort and tech
  • Engine choices range from an efficient turbodiesel V6 to mighty V8s

Cons

  • The suspension rides a bit firm on rougher roads
  • Plentiful passenger space but a not particularly large trunk

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 26 highway, 21 combined

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2018 Grand Cherokee adds blistering 707-hp Trackhawk to the mix

Few SUVs offer the expansive abilities of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We just got our heads around the abundant performance from the SRT model, with its 475-hp V8, and Jeep upped the ante for 2018 with a new SRT Trackhawk model. It shoehorns a 6.2-liter Hellcat HEMI® V8 under the Grand Cherokee's hood, with an outrageous 707 hp on tap. That's not likely to be on everyone's list for a midsize SUV, but it's an incredible model regardless. For more modest power, there are three non-SRT-badged engines that make a bit more sense: a base 3.6-liter V6 with 295 hp, a 3.0-liter 240-hp turbodiesel, and a 360-hp 5.7-liter V8. The turbodiesel gets the highest EPA estimates and performs well for towing. Rear-wheel drive is standard, though several four-wheel-drive options are offered along with other off-road-specific equipment that lets the Grand Cherokee perform its best off the beaten path.

All use a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, and even the base Laredo trim comes with a decent level of standard equipment. Even so, we'd suggest the Limited as a sensible starting point. Its equipment mix is comprehensive, though if your budget allows, check out the Overland and Summit trims above it. And if you want an off-road model without having to pick among options, the Trailhawk will fit the bill. Comfort levels are high for five people, but the trunk isn't as big as those of some rivals. To drive they're all capable, if unremarkable, except those SRT models, which are ridiculously quick, and surprisingly inexpensive compared with similar-power rivals. A talented all-rounder, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an attractive choice if you're looking for a capable midsize SUV.

All Jeep Grand Cherokee years

New this year

  • The Grand Cherokee is available in a variety of new trims, including the High Altitude, Laredo E, Sterling Edition, and Upland.
  • The 75TH Anniversary Edition trim has been discontinued for 2018.
  • Grand Cherokee trims have been upgraded with Turbo Diesel Engine, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • The Overland trim now comes with 4WD/AWD and Adjustable Suspension as standard equipment.
  • The Altitude trim now comes with 20 Inch Plus Wheels, Auxiliary Audio Input, Satellite Radio Ready, and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The SRT trim now comes with Adjustable Suspension as standard equipment.
  • The Summit trim now comes with Power Hatch/Deck Lid as standard equipment.
  • The Trailhawk trim now comes with Leather Seats as standard equipment.
  • The Base trim now comes with 4WD/AWD as standard equipment.

Explore Jeep Grand Cherokee details

Sterling Edition 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Diesel Engine

Optional Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • CD Audio
  • DVD Video System
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive type

2WD

Engine size

3.0L

Horsepower

240

Torque (ft-lbs)

420

Engine type

Turbo Diesel

Fuel capacity

24.6

Wheelbase

114.8"

Overall length

189.8"

Width

76.5"

Height

69.3"

Leg room

F 40.3"/R 38.6"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 39.2"

Front tires

P265/50TR20

Rear tires

P265/50TR20

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

5 reasons to buy the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1. Unmatched off-roading

2018 Jeep Grand-Cherokee: Gear Shift | CarMax

One of the main reasons you might be looking at a Jeep is its off-roading capabilities. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive is available on all trims and standard on the Trailhawk, SRT, and Trackhawk trims. The 2018 Grand Cherokee offers multiple four-wheel drive systems: Quadra-Trac I (like an AWD system), Quadra-Trac II (best for more torque at low speeds), and Quadra-Drive (which offers the most robust off-road capabilities). Available features like air suspension and hill descent control give you the confidence that you need to go further off the beaten path.

2. Powerful engines

2018 Jeep Grand-Cherokee: Engine | CarMax

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has plenty of powerful engine options that will make sure you never fall behind. The 2018 Grand Cherokee comes standard with a 295-hp 3.6L V6 engine. There are four other engine options available, including one V6 diesel and three V8 options. With five engines to choose from, you'll have no problem finding one that meets your needs.

3. Tow your toys

2018 Jeep Grand-Cherokee: Rear Angle | CarMax

If you're into boating, camping, or all-terrain vehicles, you'll love how the Jeep Grand Cherokee makes it easy to bring your toys along for the ride. The 2018 Grand Cherokee with the base 3.6L V6 engine can tow up to an estimated 6,200 pounds when properly equipped. If you opt for one of the available V8 engines, the 2018 Grand Cherokee can tow up to an estimated 7,200 pounds when properly equipped. The Grand Cherokee offers an optional tow package that includes features like an improved trailer hitch and trailer stability control. That makes the Grand Cherokee a standout among midsize SUVs.

4. Top-notch tech

2018 Jeep Grand-Cherokee: Dashboard | CarMax

You might find yourself focusing on the Grand Cherokee's capabilities, but it's worth considering its tech features as well. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a seven-inch high-resolution touch screen. The vehicle has standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity, making it easy to stay connected on the road. Two USB ports come standard, although all but the base trim have four USB ports.

5. Available high-end touches

2018 Jeep Grand-Cherokee: Front Seat | CarMax

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers most of the high-end touches that you can dream up. Want genuine Nappa leather? Opt for the leather package. Want premium sound? Choose the Harman Kardon® sound system, available on the Overland, SRT, and Trackhawk trims. Have a need for speed? Go zero to 60 in 3.5 with the sports-car-inspired Trackhawk trim.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

The Jeep Cherokee is a compact SUV that was introduced in 2014. It has seating for five, and 24.6 cu-ft of cargo space on the 2018 model. It comes standard with a 184-hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine, with an optional 271-hp 3.2L V6. The Cherokee comes standard with rear-wheel drive but has Jeep's flagship off-road capabilities when it's equipped with optional four-wheel drive.

Here's what you'll find on the Jeep Cherokee in model years 2014–2018:

  • Five-inch touchscreen

  • Standard remote-keyless entry

  • Available off-road features include locking rear differential, off-road suspension, and skid plates.

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a great vehicle with a comfortable ride and a stylish design. Customers also like the Jeep's towing capacity and the infotainment system.

RepairPal reliability rating

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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 27th out of 31 among Midsize SUVs.

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee trims

Laredo

Limited

Trailhawk

Overland

Summit

SRT

Trackhawk

  • Standard supercharged 6.2-L V8 and four-wheel drive; performance tuning; Nappa leather interior; navigation.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee FAQ

More about the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Jeep Grand-Cherokee: Top Colors | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Billet Silver

  • Bright White

  • Diamond Black

  • Granite Crystal

  • Ivory Pearl Tri-Coat

  • Redline (Trailhawk, SRT, and Trackhawk only)

  • Rhino

  • True Blue

  • Velvet Red

  • Walnut Brown

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Black/Light Frost Beige

  • Black/Ruby Red (Trailhawk and Trackhawk)

  • Brown

  • Brown/Light Gray (Overland only)

  • Dark Sienna Brown/Black

  • Indigo Blue/Brown (Overland only)

  • Indigo/Ski Gray

Interior details

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with cloth seats. Leather, suede, and Nappa leather seating is available, and you can find some form of leather seating available on all trims except the Laredo and Limited. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers a premium metal package that gives the SUV real metal accents on the SRT and Trackhawk trims. The 2018 Grand Cherokee offers plenty of legroom, with more than 40 inches in the front and 38 inches in the rear. However, its cargo hold is on the small side for an SUV at only 36.3 cu-ft.

Child seat details

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with two sets of LATCH anchors, on the rear outboard seats. All three rear seats have car seat tethers, and some parents have had luck fitting three car seats in the Grand Cherokee, although this will depend on the seats and how they are installed.

Performance

The Jeep Grand Cherokee's performance really shines when you're off-roading. The Grand Cherokee offers a few different optional four-wheel drive systems, as well as an optional traction management system that helps the vehicle perform on snow, sand, mud, rock, or road. If you're focused on speed, choose the Trackhawk trim and its standard supercharged V8. With that engine, you'll fly from zero to 60 in just 3.5 seconds and reach speeds of more than 200 mph, easily competing with any sports car.

Emissions

  • The four-wheel drive 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions with the standard 3.6L V6 engine are 427 grams per mile, according to EPA estimates.

  • With the available turbodiesel V6, the four-wheel drive 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 432 grams per mile, according to EPA estimates.

  • With the available 5.7L V8, the four-wheel drive 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 533 grams per mile, according to EPA estimates.

  • With the available 6.4L V8, the four-wheel drive 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 592 grams per mile, according to EPA estimates.

  • With the available 6.2L supercharged V8, the four-wheel drive 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 664 grams per mile, according to EPA estimates.

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