2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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$27,415

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Better ride and handling than early models
  • Low-speed acceleration with Hemi
  • Multiple driveline choices
  • Seat comfort
  • Quietness
  • Offroad capability, especially with Quadra-Drive II

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • Rear legroom

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Three levels of 4WD
  • Choice of V-6 or two V-8s
  • Standard Electronic Stability Program
  • Available navigation and DVD systems
  • Potent SRT8 edition for 2006

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee review: Our expert's take

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I thought a hot rod Jeep Grand Cherokee would be a bit like the Dodge Ram SRT10 – power overkill just for the heck of it. Driving the Grand Cherokee SRT8 for 800 miles in three days, however, really opened my eyes.

What I discovered is that the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is not a four-wheeled caricature, but a delightfully impressive road car of the first magnitude. Of course I expected the 420-horsepower Hemi V-8 to be a giggle, but I was totally surprised by its ability to unload its power in such a sophisticated way. Acceleration was awesome. Jeep says the SRT8 hits 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds, and that makes the SRT8 quicker than a Porsche Cayenne Turbo or a BMW X5. It is priced lower than either.

So the power was a given, but the road holding, and ride quality, was not at all what I expected. Zinging down the interstate or roaming back-country two lanes, the SRT8 felt as solid as if it were carved from a billet of aluminum. The suspension was firm without the kind of harshness one expects from 20-inch wheels and a low-to-the-ground stance. The SRT8 felt more like a car from its sister company Mercedes-Benz than a Jeep.

Huge Brembo brakes, a deep front spoiler and bucket seats complete the transformation from standard Grand Cherokee to SRT8.

Best of all, the SRT8 has a base price of $39,995, and the nicely optioned test car still only listed for $45,630. That’s thousands less than its European competitors.

The 6.1-liter version of the Hemi is the same engine used in the Chrysler 300 SRT8 and Dodge Magnum SRT8. This brute has a wonderful sound and even more satisfying manners. The dual exhausts that exit in the center of the rear fascia not only look cool, but they emit a lovely burble that is loud enough to be enjoyable yet not all all intrusive after hours at highway speeds.

One drawback to an engine with this much power is less-than-exciting gas mileage. The EPA numbers are 12 miles per gallon in the city and 15 on the highway. I beat that average while cruising at 70 or more.

It’s natural to categorize a Jeep as an off-road vehicle, and while most certainly have that capability, the only dirt the SRT8 will see is from a dusty road. The full-time four-wheel drive system is tailored for pavement use, and it does a fantastic job of putting all 420 horsepower to the pavement with very little drama. Floor the throttle from a stop and the SRT8 squirts ahead.

Find a twisty country road and the SRT8 carves the turns with the grace of a figure skater. Never did I sense that I was driving a tall, heavy SUV. Rather, the SRT8 felt like a hunkered-down European sedan.

The SRT8’s cabin looks racy, but in an understated way. The light gray leather seats were deeply sculpted for great support, and the suede inserts do a nice job of holding you in place during spirited driving. The seats had a wide range of adjustment, including additional lumbar support for long drives.

The Jeep SRT8 is one of the nicest road cars in the Chrysler Group. Sometimes the biggest surprises are the ones we least expect, and I didn’t expect the SRT8 to be so terrific.

Price

The base price of the test car was $39,995. The test car was equipped with the optional power adjustable pedals, navigation system, satellite radio, heated seats, side-curtain airbags, dual-zone air-conditioning and power sunroof. Options brought the sticker price to $45,630.

Warranty

Three years or 36,000 miles.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Jeep grand Cherokee 2006

No bulbs for heater control knobs LED have to change whole heater control system to get new lights that they shortly went out why not just put bulbs in there. But no they Saturday and LED bulbs . Problem with seatbelts Frayed through like they were cut. After a while you’ll have to push the red button on the seatbelt connector to get it to seat. Passenger side keeps dinging if somebody says they’re with a seatbelt on? Spare tire under Jeep you have to take the spare tire down if you want to spray and clean up there and if you don’t it will rust I used to get under the car wash and it still wouldn’t get up on top of the spare tire. water pump failed at 140,000 miles. Control arms were out another front linkage. Flush lug nuts if they break in Half the cost about $150 to get them chiseled out take them off and put regular Chrome Lugnuts on them .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5.0

2006 Grand Cherokee Limited. A great car. Perfect.

Great car. If only everything on my life would be as reliable and durable as my Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited automobile. Gas milage is just OK, but everything else is phenomenal! It is blazingly fast! Use the cruise control and comply with the law. Keep up proper maintenance. Research the past history of the car before purchasing. I bought mine at Feslers Dealer in Fairfield Iowa and they were totally honest and reliable. I even received a phone call 1 and a half years later asking how the car is doing! Who else would do that. 5.0 perfect rating.

1.4

2006 JEEP GRAN CHEROKEE

Got this suv. As my other suv got written off. Was looking an looking and didn’t see anything was needed. Then found this. And started having problems/troubles right away. First little things sun roof drains get clogged. Then over heating. Then electrical badly. Tire sensors the worst anytime rain or snow melt. It act up. Now there’s noises vibrating and it’s a constant they can’t seem find why. Engine light doesn’t happen. It’s a piece of gunk. 100% DONT RECOMMENDED IT AT ALL. Safe your money.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Jeep
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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