• (4.7) 13 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $3,876–$19,524
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 12-18
  • Engine: 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

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.

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

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 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


Average based on 13 reviews

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I love my car-hopefully it is my last car.

by G-Unit from Arlington Heights, IL on December 2, 2017

This car is perfect for my needs, ability to travel with others, easy to maneuver and great for upkeep.

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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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