2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Starting MSRP: $29,995 - $64,895

Estimated MPG: 17 city / 25 hwy

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee blends passenger carrying practicality with available off-road utility, delivering a capable midsize SUV few competitors can match. The Grand Cherokee is ideal for consumers who prize Jeep heritage while making the most of its around-town utility.

Offering room for five, the Grand Cherokee is available in standard rear-wheel drive or available four-wheel drive. Jeep offers the 2015 Grand Cherokee in Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland and Summit trims. A high-performance SRT trim is also available.

Changes for 2015 are relatively minor following a significant refresh the previous year. Noise cancellation technology was added to the Summit trim, while the SRT gained an increase in engine output.

The 2015 Grand Cherokee offers what most people want, regardless of trim. That said, the base Laredo models don’t offer as many upgrade possibilities or a rearview camera.

Unlike most other models such as the Ford Edge, the Grand Cherokee supplies standard rear-wheel drive, which delivers a handling edge its front-wheel drive competitors can’t match.

Exterior

Exterior

The 2015 Grand Cherokee projects a powerful and confident expression, front and back. Jeep’s trademark seven-slat vertical grille is offset by sleek headlamps with available LED daytime running lights. Bi-xenon headlamps are standard on upper trims. Fog lamps are standard across the model line and found embedded on both sides of the lower grille opening. At the rear are LED tail lamps, and a power liftgate becomes standard at the Limited trim level. Base models are equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels. Other trims bring in 18- or 20-inch polished wheels. SRT models features unique wheels and black-out effects.

Interior

Interior

The Grand Cherokee’s interior is roomy, elegant and offers an upscale vibe. Manually operated front cloth seats in the base model give way to leather-appointed power-operated seats in the upper trims. SRT models feature performance-oriented cues along with carbon fiber trim. Soft-touch materials and a leather-trimmed steering wheel are common to all trims. Behind the 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat is excellent cargo space, measuring 36.3 cubic feet. Fold the rear seat and cargo capacity increases to 68.3 cubic feet.

Performance

Performance

Four engine choices are available, although the SRT is powered by a Hemi V8 exclusive to that trim. Each engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

A 3.6-liter V6 engine making 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque is standard across the model line, except in the SRT. The fuel economy estimates for rear-wheel drive models is 17/25 mpg city/highway and 17/24 mpg for four-wheel drive models.

Customers can opt for a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine, except in the base model. This engine makes 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque and delivers up to 22/30 mpg city/highway.

A 5.7-liter V8 engine is available, except in the Laredo. This engine makes 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

The Grand Cherokee SRT is powered by a 6.4-liter V8 engine making 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. By far the quickest Grand Cherokee, this model goes from 0-to-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

When properly equipped, the Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,400 pounds.

Technology

Technology

All Grand Cherokee models offer front and rear 12-volt outlets. Front and rear USB ports are included, except in the Laredo trims. A 115-volt auxiliary power outlet is added at the Limited trim level.

A five-inch touch-screen display with a basic Uconnect infotainment system is offered in Laredo and Limited trims. The system includes a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and a CD player. An upgraded 8.4-inch Uconnect system is available on all but the base trim and standard on the Overland model. This system brings in Wi-Fi, HD radio, satellite radio, voice recognition and navigation.

An available rear-seat entertainment system includes a Blu-ray player, two screens and HDMI and RCA inputs.