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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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$9,362 — $28,186 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
14-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Ride comfort and refinement
  • Seat comfort
  • Spacious backseat
  • Off-road capability

The Bad

  • Modest V-6 performance
  • High cargo floor
  • Small side mirrors
  • Cheap-looking silver interior trim
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • New Trailhawk model
  • 290-hp V-6 or 360-hp V-8
  • Three 4WD systems
  • Available Quadra-Lift air suspension
  • 7,400-pound towing capacity
  • High-performance 470-hp SRT8 version

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Vehicle Overview

The Grand Cherokee has a standard 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. A 360-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 is optional. The Grand Cherokee comes in rear- or four-wheel drive. Initially developed during DaimlerChrysler's tenure, it shares its framework with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. A high-performance SRT8 version is available.

(Skip to details on the: Grand Cherokee SRT8)

New for 2013
A new off-road-oriented Trailhawk model debuts for 2013. Offered with either the V-6 or V-8 engine, the Trailhawk features Kevlar-reinforced 18-inch tires, undercarriage skid plates, the Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain technology. The exterior gets special badging; gray, red and black accents; and five-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels. The cabin is fitted with black leather and suede seats with red stitching and Mopar floormats.

ExteriorSleeker-looking than the model it replaced, the Grand Cherokee still resembles a Jeep, but it's perhaps the brand's greatest stretch so far. Traditional Grand Cherokee cues remain, including a seven-slot grille and horizontally arranged headlights, but the rear end was completely reworked. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels; 18- or 20-inch wheels optional
  • Standard heated power side mirrors; power-folding mirrors optional
  • Standard fog lights
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional panoramic sunroof
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights

Interior
The cabin has nice materials, with well-integrated center controls and ...

Vehicle Overview

The Grand Cherokee has a standard 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. A 360-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 is optional. The Grand Cherokee comes in rear- or four-wheel drive. Initially developed during DaimlerChrysler's tenure, it shares its framework with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. A high-performance SRT8 version is available.

(Skip to details on the: Grand Cherokee SRT8)

New for 2013
A new off-road-oriented Trailhawk model debuts for 2013. Offered with either the V-6 or V-8 engine, the Trailhawk features Kevlar-reinforced 18-inch tires, undercarriage skid plates, the Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain technology. The exterior gets special badging; gray, red and black accents; and five-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels. The cabin is fitted with black leather and suede seats with red stitching and Mopar floormats.

ExteriorSleeker-looking than the model it replaced, the Grand Cherokee still resembles a Jeep, but it's perhaps the brand's greatest stretch so far. Traditional Grand Cherokee cues remain, including a seven-slot grille and horizontally arranged headlights, but the rear end was completely reworked. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels; 18- or 20-inch wheels optional
  • Standard heated power side mirrors; power-folding mirrors optional
  • Standard fog lights
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional panoramic sunroof
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights

Interior
The cabin has nice materials, with well-integrated center controls and genuine wood trim on uplevel models. There's an available leather-wrapped dashboard, something usually reserved for luxury cars. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Rear seats can recline several degrees or fold flat in a 60/40 split
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional heated rear seats
  • Optional heated steering wheel
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
The standard 3.6-liter V-6 makes 290 hp and 260 pounds-feet of torque. An optional 5.7-liter V-8 makes 360 hp and 390 pounds-feet of torque. With the V-8, maximum towing capacity is 7,400 pounds. The V-6 maxes out at 5,000 pounds. Mechanical features include:

  • Both engines use regular gas
  • Rear-wheel drive or choice of three four-wheel-drive systems
  • Available Quadra-Trac I automatically transfers power between the axles without any driver involvement
  • Available Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II have low-speed transfer cases for dedicated off-roading; Quadra-Drive II adds a rear electronic limited-slip differential
  • With Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II, the Selec-Terrain system allows drivers to choose among five situations: Sport, Auto, Snow, Sand/Mud and Rock, with the system adjusting drivetrain and suspension settings to suit conditions
  • Available Quadra-Lift air suspension can vary ride height

Safety
Standard safety features include front-seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows. Active head restraints, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are also standard. Available safety features include:

  • Backup camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Rear cross-path detection, which alerts drivers pulling out of a parking spot if there's oncoming perpendicular traffic
  • Collision alert that warns if the driver is overtaking another car too quickly

Grand Cherokee SRT8
Looking for an SUV that will serve as a daily driver and a high-performance track machine? The Grand Cherokee SRT8 is that vehicle. Powered by a 6.4-liter V-8, the SRT8 puts out 470 hp and 465 pounds-feet of torque, making it the most powerful Jeep ever. The Grand Cherokee has standard all-wheel drive, and it can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds, according to Jeep.

An SRT-tuned adaptive suspension keeps body motions in check, and it's configurable with the Selec-Track system. The Grand Cherokee SRT8 has steering-wheel paddle shifters for driver-initiated gear changes of the five-speed automatic transmission, and massive Brembo-brand brakes bring the SUV to a halt.

The Grand Cherokee SRT8 comes standard with 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in performance all-season run-flat tires or available summer tires. The SUV is rated to tow 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Distinctive styling elements include an aggressive lower front bumper and overall stance, body-colored wheel flares, LED daytime running lamps, a body-colored grille and a dual exhaust with 4-inch tips. The Jeep's sculpted hood also features functional heat extractors to help keep the engine cool.

Bright-white Alpine and brilliant-black Vapor special editions debut for 2013, featuring unique gloss-black exterior accents and black-chrome 20-inch wheels.

Inside, there are Nappa leather and suede front seats that are heated and ventilated for comfort. The rear bench seat is heated, too. The driver information center can measure zero-to-60-mph acceleration, steering input, 60-mph-to-zero braking distance and g-forces, among other things. There's carbon fiber trim on the instrument and door panels. A navigation system is standard while a Harman Kardon premium stereo is optional.

A unique feature of SRT ownership is the SRT Track Experience. It's a one-day high-performance driving school where owners can develop their driving skills in a controlled environment. The school is held year-round at various tracks. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
68 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(4.0)

Most reliable car I have ever owned

by Kmshepherd from Basking Ridge, NJ on November 11, 2018

No real issue with the car that weren?t related to wear and tear. Nothing broke or fell apart before it was supposed to. Had some issues with the electronics that took time and patience but I was ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car for the money!

by PKA from Winter Haven FL on November 10, 2018

This car is a good size for small family. It has lots of leg room. The back storage areas is very roomy. It is easy to back up and park using the camara. It is a very comfortable ride! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jeep

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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