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Sport Utility
5 Seats
16-19 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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

What to Know

about the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 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

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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Vehicle Overview
A new Overland model joins the Laredo and Limited trims for 2006. An Electronic Stability Program and one-touch up/down front-door windows are now standard. New Laredo options include Quadra-Trac II four-wheel drive and an offroad package for V-6 models.

Redesigned for 2005, the Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle can be equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6, a 4.7-liter V-8 or a 5.7-liter V-8. The 5.7-liter Hemi incorporates a Multi-Displacement System that deactivates half of the cylinders during cruising and light acceleration in order to increase fuel economy.

Three four-wheel-drive systems are available. Quadra-Trac I provides full-time all-wheel-drive operation and requires no attention from the driver. Quadra-Trac II is a full-time active four-wheel-drive system that has low-range gearing. Quadra-Drive II includes electronic limited-slip differentials for heightened offroad capability.

To satiate high-performance fans, a Grand Cherokee SRT8 debuts for 2006.
(Skip to details on the: SRT8)

Exterior
Appearance is similar to the 1999 – 2004 Grand Cherokee, led by Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille, which is flanked by round headlamps. The grille is body-colored on the Laredo model, chrome on the Limited and wire lattice on the Overland.

Cladding is no longer used on the sides of the Grand Cherokee. The SUV has what Jeep calls “powerful” wheel flares. Built on a 109.5-inch wheelbase, the Grand Cherokee is 186.6 inches long overall and 67.7 in...

Vehicle Overview
A new Overland model joins the Laredo and Limited trims for 2006. An Electronic Stability Program and one-touch up/down front-door windows are now standard. New Laredo options include Quadra-Trac II four-wheel drive and an offroad package for V-6 models.

Redesigned for 2005, the Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle can be equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6, a 4.7-liter V-8 or a 5.7-liter V-8. The 5.7-liter Hemi incorporates a Multi-Displacement System that deactivates half of the cylinders during cruising and light acceleration in order to increase fuel economy.

Three four-wheel-drive systems are available. Quadra-Trac I provides full-time all-wheel-drive operation and requires no attention from the driver. Quadra-Trac II is a full-time active four-wheel-drive system that has low-range gearing. Quadra-Drive II includes electronic limited-slip differentials for heightened offroad capability.

To satiate high-performance fans, a Grand Cherokee SRT8 debuts for 2006.
(Skip to details on the: SRT8)

Exterior
Appearance is similar to the 1999 – 2004 Grand Cherokee, led by Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille, which is flanked by round headlamps. The grille is body-colored on the Laredo model, chrome on the Limited and wire lattice on the Overland.

Cladding is no longer used on the sides of the Grand Cherokee. The SUV has what Jeep calls “powerful” wheel flares. Built on a 109.5-inch wheelbase, the Grand Cherokee is 186.6 inches long overall and 67.7 inches tall, with a 62-inch track width.

Interior
Five occupants fit inside, and the driver faces a symmetrical two-tone instrument panel. The four-gauge cluster has LED illumination with red pointers.

Laredos get standard cloth upholstery, while seats in the Limited are two-tone leather with perforated inserts. Overland seats are covered in leather and suede upholstery.

A reversible load floor panel in the cargo area improves versatility. Available features include a navigation radio, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Boston Acoustics audio and rear-park assist. Cargo volume behind the rear seat is 34.5 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available: the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, rated at 330 horsepower and 375 pounds-feet of torque; a 3.7-liter V-6 that develops 210 hp and 235 pounds-feet of torque; and a 230-hp, 4.7-liter V-8. All engines work with one of two five-speed-automatic transmissions.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are optional in Laredo and Limited models but are standard in the Overland.

Driving Impressions
With the Hemi V-8, this Jeep starts off with a leap. Acceleration is less assertive at highway speeds, but the automatic transmission performs well on steep upgrades by downshifting promptly when you push the accelerator.

The V-6 is short on power going up steeper grades, but otherwise its performance will suffice for most drivers. After a sluggish startup, speed actually rises fairly rapidly. Jeep’s 4.7-liter V-8 is an appealing compromise — closer to the V-6, though more refined.

Ride comfort is appealing in each version. Surprisingly, the less-potent versions have felt a bit more stable on twisting roads and mountainous inclines. The Hemi edition eases through every forbidding offroad obstacle. The seats are exceptionally comfortable and have good support and fair side bolstering. Rear legroom is modest unless the front seats are well forward.

SRT8
The new SRT8 gets a 6.1-liter version of DaimlerChrysler’s Hemi V-8; it develops 415 hp and 410 pounds-feet of torque. Equipped with full-time four-wheel drive, the SRT8 has an upgraded rear differential and a five-speed-automatic transmission with AutoStick for manual gear changes. Jeep claims the SRT8 has a 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of less than 5 seconds.

SRT-tuned dampers, unique sway bars, special spring rates and suspension bushings are installed. Ride height has been lowered by an inch. Forged five-spoke aluminum wheels hold 20-inch tires. Brembo brake calipers are standard. The front fascia features integrated brake-cooling ducts and an air dam. A center cutout accommodates dual 4-inch exhaust tips, and sill extensions help give the SRT8 a distinctive look. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Reliability
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Value For The Money
(4.0)

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(5.0)

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by SRT8 from Kansas City, mo on November 3, 2019

Love it, drove it for pleasure and sport. Off the line smoked cobra and corvette on drag strip. AWD gives great traction on turns. It is a lot of fun. Read full review

(4.0)

WOW! I've never owned a Jeep before.

by Mavon from Kokomo, In on September 24, 2019

This Grand Cherokee has met all my needs and more. Has a GREAT music system, plenty of room in the front and back, ample cargo space, and offers a very nice smooth ride.I love that the rear window ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee currently has 6 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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