By Aaron Bragman on March 5, 2013
The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets a subtle freshening this year, and with the new face comes some new options. A new diesel engine enters the mix, as well as an additional trim, the top-of-the-line Summit. Add in a nicer interior, the optional Chrysler 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen multimedia system and the smack-you-in-the-face SRT version, and there's a lot to talk about. But these new models will cost you: The new Grand Cherokee is one of the few domestic brand vehicles that spans tens of thousands of dollars between its base model and its most expensive.
We recently tested the new 2014 Grand Cherokee. To help you decide which of the models is right for you, here is our trim-level breakdown of the updated off-road champion. All prices include a $995 destination fee.
Getting into the cheapest Grand Cherokee means a starting price of $29,790 for the Laredo, which includes things like a body-color grille, remote keyless entry, a 5-inch Uconnect touch-screen, manually adjustable cloth seats and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The powertrain is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission in rear-wheel-drive form. Adding four-wheel drive is a $2,000 option on the Laredo, and two packages are available to add features like a power liftgate, 18-inch wheels and the Selec-Terrain adjustable traction control system.
Moving up to the Limited means a jump to $36,790, but it also means a significant jump in luxury appointments. Leather seats are included, heated front and rear, with memory functions. Eighteen-inch polished wheels are standard as is a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-speaker audio system, a two-speed transfer case on the optional four-wheel-drive system, rear-park assist and remote start. The Limited also opens the door to two optional engines: a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 for $2,195 or a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 for a hefty $4,500. Option packages include two off-road equipment packages: a luxury package with nicer leather, high-intensity discharge headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and an electronics package with adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, advanced brake assist and lane departure warning.
It used to be the top trim level, but now the Overland is the second-nicest Grand Cherokee you can buy, starting at $43,990. More of the luxury appointments become standard on the Overland, such as the multi-adjustable seats, a premium leather option, stitched leather on the dashboard and doors, wood steering wheel, genuine wood trim and the 8.4-inch touch-screen. Lighting improves with standard LED running lamps, bi-xenon headlamps and a moonroof.
For the ultimate in luxury, however, the Summit is the new top dog. For $48,990, nearly everything is standard, including the Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system and air suspension, and a few items are exclusive — a unique Jeep Brown monochrome interior color, suedelike material for the A-pillars and headliner, and a standard 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.
It's not really a trim level — more of a separate model with its own marketing effort — but the most expensive, most outrageous Grand Cherokee is the SRT, starting at $63,990. For that, you get an exclusive 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, standard all-wheel drive, a special electronic Selec-Track system instead of the Selec-Terrain traction control system and Brembo brakes. The interior gets an SRT-specific steering wheel and suedelike sport seats, and carbon fiber replaces all of the wood. There are only a handful of options: a moonroof, the 19-speaker audio system, a trailer tow package and a rear-seat Blu-ray DVD package.Related
Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman grew up in the Detroit area, comes from an automotive family and is based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Email Aaron