• (4.2) 58 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,576–$7,268
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 16-18
  • Engine: 195-hp, 4.0-liter I-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Our Take on the Latest Model 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Last redesigned for the 1999 model year, the top-of-the-line model from DaimlerChrysler’s Jeep division has been the highest-volume seller. Bigger than the new Liberty, the four-door Jeep Grand Cherokee competes against the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Ford Explorer, Toyota 4Runner and other midsize models, as well as luxury SUVs like the Infiniti QX4 and Lexus RX 300.

For 2002, a new pressure-based tire monitoring system goes into the Grand Cherokee, which is said to be the first sport utility vehicle to get such a system. Sensors attached to the wheel rims send signals to a central receiver, which emits both audible and visual warnings of low pressure. Curtain-type airbags are a new option for 2002.

Featuring the bold upright grille that is a Jeep hallmark, the Grand Cherokee’s classic four-door SUV styling is evident but is more rounded than some rivals. Measuring 181.5 inches long overall, the Grand Cherokee rides a 105.9-inch wheelbase, stands 69.4 inches tall and is 77.3 inches wide. The rear liftgate contains a window that swings up separately.

Laredo and Limited models both seat five occupants. The snazzier Limited has standard leather upholstery, which is optional on the Laredo. Cargo volume is 72 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. The Grand Cherokee’s spare tire is mounted underneath the rear cargo floor. Standard Laredo equipment includes a cassette stereo, roof rack, rear privacy glass, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Stepping up to the Limited adds such standards as dual-zone automatic temperature control, power front seats, heated mirrors and a cassette/CD audio system.

Under the Hood
The standard engine is a 195-horsepower, 4.0-liter inline-six-cylinder that drives a four-speed-automatic transmission. A 230-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 with a five-speed automatic is optional. Depending on the model, the Grand Cherokee comes with rear-wheel drive or a choice of two four-wheel-drive systems. Selec-Trac is a full-time 4WD system that can be left in 4WD mode on dry pavement, while Quadra-Trac offers on-demand 4WD that distributes power among the four wheels as needed for traction. Both systems have a two-speed transfer case. All-disc antilock brakes are standard.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews


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Replaced 2000 Eldorado with 2002 Grand Cherokee

by Dyno Don from Uwharrie National Forest, North Carolina. on September 1, 2017

Very good vehicle if you get one with 6 cylinder motor, (avoid the 4.7l v8, I had the 4.7l in a Dakota and it imploded, poor oil return passages, to small). The 6 cyl. is a great engine, and the rest ... Read Full Review

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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety Ratings

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There are currently 17 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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