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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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$1,565 — $7,185 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
18 MPG
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Vehicle Overview
Jeep’s top-shelf model adds a five-speed automatic transmission for its V-8 engine but sees no major changes this year. Grand Cherokee, which is larger and more expensive than the Cherokee, was redesigned for the 1999 model year.

As Jeep’s highest-volume SUV, it competes with the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Blazer, Toyota 4Runner and other midsize rivals, as well as luxury models such as the Infiniti QX4 and Lexus RX 300.



Exterior
Grand Cherokee comes in classic four-door SUV styling highlighted by a bold, upright grille that is a Jeep trademark. At 181 inches bumper to bumper, it is 14 inches longer than the Cherokee and 9 inches shorter than the Ford Explorer. The rear liftgate has a window that swings up separately.



Interior
Both the Laredo and Limited models seat five, but the ritzier Limited comes with standard leather upholstery (an option on the Laredo). Unlike the Cherokee, whose spare tire is in the cargo bay, the Grand Cherokee’s spare is underneath the rear cargo floor. Cargo volume is 72 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.



Under the Hood
A 195-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 is the base engine and comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. This year, a 230-hp 4.7-liter V-8 is optional and comes with a five-speed automatic transmission instead of the four-speed.

Both engines are available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and there is a choice of 4WD systems. Selec-Trac is a full-time system that can be left in 4WD on dry pavement or tu...
Vehicle Overview
Jeep’s top-shelf model adds a five-speed automatic transmission for its V-8 engine but sees no major changes this year. Grand Cherokee, which is larger and more expensive than the Cherokee, was redesigned for the 1999 model year.

As Jeep’s highest-volume SUV, it competes with the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Blazer, Toyota 4Runner and other midsize rivals, as well as luxury models such as the Infiniti QX4 and Lexus RX 300.



Exterior
Grand Cherokee comes in classic four-door SUV styling highlighted by a bold, upright grille that is a Jeep trademark. At 181 inches bumper to bumper, it is 14 inches longer than the Cherokee and 9 inches shorter than the Ford Explorer. The rear liftgate has a window that swings up separately.



Interior
Both the Laredo and Limited models seat five, but the ritzier Limited comes with standard leather upholstery (an option on the Laredo). Unlike the Cherokee, whose spare tire is in the cargo bay, the Grand Cherokee’s spare is underneath the rear cargo floor. Cargo volume is 72 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.



Under the Hood
A 195-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 is the base engine and comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. This year, a 230-hp 4.7-liter V-8 is optional and comes with a five-speed automatic transmission instead of the four-speed.

Both engines are available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and there is a choice of 4WD systems. Selec-Trac is a full-time system that can be left in 4WD on dry pavement or turned off. Quadra-Trac is a permanently engaged system that distributes power among the wheels as needed for traction.



Driving Impressions
The V-8 is a smooth, potent engine that generates neck-snapping passing power. Its only drawbacks are high fuel consumption and excessive engine fan noise when it is first started.

Despite being smaller on the outside than some key rivals, the Grand Cherokee doesn’t seem short of passenger or cargo room, and the Limited model treats occupants to first-class accommodations. Neither the Laredo nor the Limited is cheap, so it may be worthwhile to shop other brands before making a decision.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
48 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

215 THOUSAND AND STILL GOING STRONG

by UMATILLA's DUKE from Umatilla ,Fl. on October 26, 2018

From the comfortable heated seats to the dependabability this jeep is amazing.i have the 6 cylinder Laredo with 4 wheel drive and leather seats.And the tow package.It drops a little oil and the check ... Read full review

(4.0)

Best ride in an SUV that I've ever owned.

by Deadpool from Rockford IL on October 10, 2018

Was in need of 2nd car/work vehicle. For a 17 year old car,this Grand Cherokee is a well put together vehicle. You'd expect rattles... smooth ride and no noises. Read full review

Safety

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The 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee currently has 10 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Grand Cherokee received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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