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By Cars.com Staff
September 1, 2009
Vehicle Overview The Grand Cherokee is one of Chrysler's bread-and-butter offerings. It's a five-seat midsize SUV. Trim levels include Laredo, Limited and high-performance SRT8 models. The Overland model is no longer available. The Grand Cherokee's competition includes the likes of the Ford Explorer and Toyota 4Runner.
New for 2010 The Grand Cherokee is now available in Laredo, Limited and SRT8 trims only. The Overland trim has been discontinued.
Exterior The Jeep Grand Cherokee features classic Jeep styling cues, with a seven-slot grille. The grille is body-colored, but an optional chrome grille is available. The standard outside mirrors are heated, and there is the option of auto-dimming, memory mirrors. The SRT8's exterior features a different front with larger air dams and cooling ducts.
Standard body-colored door handles and grille
Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
Optional 17-inch machined-face aluminum wheels
Optional 18-inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels
Optional 20-inch wheels
Interior The interior features either a single- or two-tone cabin and a chrome-trimmed instrument cluster. The Grand Cherokee comes standard with cloth seats, but leather and perforated leather are also available. Optional equipment includes heated seats, adjustable pedals, remote start and an auxiliary power outlet.
Standard air conditioning, optional dual-zone automatic air conditioning
Standard power locks, mirrors and widows
Standard eight-way power driver's seat, optional four-way power passenger seat
Standard steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
Faux aluminum, wood veneer and real wood trim available
Optional hands-free communication system and remote start
Optional navigation system
SRT8 models feature a distinct interior with accent stitching, carbon-weave aluminum inserts on the dash, and other features
Under the Hood The Grand Cherokee Laredo and Limited models now have two available powertrains, and both engines pair with a five-speed automatic transmission. The Hemi V-8 applies variable-valve timing and cylinder deactivation for better fuel economy. SRT8 models come with a 420-horsepower, 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 engine that does not offer the cylinder deactivating feature.
Rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered in Laredo and Limited models, while the SRT8 is available only with four-wheel drive. Hill start assist is also offered and serves to keep the Grand Cherokee from rolling backward on inclines.
Standard 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with 235 pounds-feet of torque
357-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 389 pounds-feet of torque
420-hp, 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 that makes 420 pounds-feet of torque
Standard five-speed automatic transmission
Rear- or four-wheel drive
SRT8 employs SRT-tuned suspension and a lowered ride height
Safety Safety features include:
Standard multi-stage front airbags
Standard side curtain airbags for all rows
Standard antilock brakes
Standard electronic stability system and traction control
Standard Smart Key that immobilizes the engine in a theft attempt
Optional parking assist and rear backup camera
Optional rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps
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