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2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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$936 — $19,460 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
12-18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • Navigation radio can reroute around traffic
  • Competent gas V-6
  • Nimble Quadra-Drive 4WD
  • Towing capacity
  • SRT8 performance for price

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Interior space vs. exterior bulk
  • Interior quality trails competitors
  • Height complicates entry/exit

What to Know

about the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Redesigned 5.7-liter Hemi V-8
  • High-power SRT8 with 420-hp V-8
  • Choice of three 4WD systems
  • Optional Sirius Backseat TV

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2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Grand Cherokee is one of Chrysler’s bread-and-butter offerings. It’s a five-seat midsize SUV. Trim levels include Laredo, Limited, Overland and high-performance SRT8 models. The Grand Cherokee’s competition includes the likes of the Ford Explorer and Toyota 4Runner.

New for 2009
The Grand Cherokee receives a redesigned 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and a new leather-appointed interior package.

Exterior
The Jeep Grand Cherokee features classic Jeep styling cues, with a seven-slot grille. The SRT8’s exterior features a revised front with larger air dams and cooling ducts.

The Grand Cherokee is smallish for its segment, trailing the Explorer and 4Runner’s exterior dimensions. It comes in at 186.7 inches long and 72.6 inches wide.

  • Standard body-colored door handles, grille, and front and rear bumpers
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels (Laredo and Limited)
  • 18-inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels (Overland)
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels (SRT8)
  • Optional sunroof

Interior
The interior features a rich two-tone cabin and an LED-illuminated instrument cluster. For 2009, a leather appearance package adds leather to the armrest, doors and the top of the instrument panel.

The Grand Cherokee has a decent 108.9 cubic feet of passenger space — larger than the 4Runner’s (103.1). The Grand Cherokee has 34.5 cubic feet of cargo space, and almost doubles it with the second-row seats down (67.4). Cargo room is smaller than both the Explorer and 4Runner’s.

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Vehicle Overview
The Grand Cherokee is one of Chrysler’s bread-and-butter offerings. It’s a five-seat midsize SUV. Trim levels include Laredo, Limited, Overland and high-performance SRT8 models. The Grand Cherokee’s competition includes the likes of the Ford Explorer and Toyota 4Runner.

New for 2009
The Grand Cherokee receives a redesigned 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and a new leather-appointed interior package.

Exterior
The Jeep Grand Cherokee features classic Jeep styling cues, with a seven-slot grille. The SRT8’s exterior features a revised front with larger air dams and cooling ducts.

The Grand Cherokee is smallish for its segment, trailing the Explorer and 4Runner’s exterior dimensions. It comes in at 186.7 inches long and 72.6 inches wide.

  • Standard body-colored door handles, grille, and front and rear bumpers
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels (Laredo and Limited)
  • 18-inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels (Overland)
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels (SRT8)
  • Optional sunroof

Interior
The interior features a rich two-tone cabin and an LED-illuminated instrument cluster. For 2009, a leather appearance package adds leather to the armrest, doors and the top of the instrument panel.

The Grand Cherokee has a decent 108.9 cubic feet of passenger space — larger than the 4Runner’s (103.1). The Grand Cherokee has 34.5 cubic feet of cargo space, and almost doubles it with the second-row seats down (67.4). Cargo room is smaller than both the Explorer and 4Runner’s.

  • Standard air conditioning, optional dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Standard power locks, mirrors and widows
  • Standard eight-way power driver’s seat, optional four-way power passenger seat
  • Standard steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls
  • Cloth, leather or perforated leather seats
  • Faux aluminum, wood veneer and real wood trim available
  • Optional second-row 9-inch overhead TV monitor
  • Optional hands-free communication system and remote start
  • Optional voice-activated navigation and/or audio system (including touch-screen, voice commands, 30GB hard drive and navigation radio)

Under the Hood
There are several powertrains available. All engines team with a five-speed automatic transmission. For 2009, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 has been redesigned, now applying variable-valve timing and cylinder deactivation for better fuel economy.

Rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered, and the latter driveline comes standard with Hill Descent Control, which is designed to keep the SUV’s speed to a crawl when traversing difficult terrain. Hill Start Assist is also offered and serves to keep the Grand Cherokee from rolling backward on an incline.

  • 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 235 pounds-feet of torque
  • 305-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 with 334 pounds-feet of torque
  • 357-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 389 pounds-feet of torque
  • 420-hp, 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 with 420 pounds-feet of torque (SRT8)
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear- and four-wheel drive (SRT8 only available with 4WD)
  • SRT8 employs SRT-tuned suspension, a lowered ride height and Brembo brakes

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side curtain airbags for all rows
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Standard smart key that immobilizes the engine in a theft attempt
  • Optional parking assist and rear backup camera
  • Optional rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
22 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Excellent Vehicle

by aarocks from Plainfield, NJ on July 27, 2019

This is an outstanding vehicle. It has a great powerful engine with a stylish look on the outside along with a luxurious leather seat interior. It rides smooth, and being that it is a Jeep, it will ... Read full review

(4.0)

Does what you expect

by JohnD from Lafayette, CO on June 13, 2019

We purchased one year old, has been very reliable. Kept it well maintained! This is the perfect vehicle for your high school and college age drivers. Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee currently has 0 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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