Consumer Reviews Summary
28 of 32 (87%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overview
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has enjoyed a long and industrious history as a rugged, passenger friendly off-roader. The new 2013 Grand Cherokee follows the same path with strong looks, an upgraded interior, and nearly infinite options.
The 2013 Grand Cherokee looks big and weighs in at nearly five thousand pounds. It gets the classic Jeep front grille, automatic halogen headlamps with fog lamps, acoustic isolation glass, and cool 17-inch alloy wheels. The exterior options list is quite extensive, and includes HID headlamps, roof rails, underbody skid plates, chrome trim pieces, and huge 18 and 20–inch alloy wheels. Overall, the Grand Cherokee’s look is sleeker than anything else made by Jeep previously, which speaks to the Grand Cherokee’s new, more docile road mannerisms.
The interior of the Grand Cherokee is upscale, almost luxury grade. Cloth is standard on seating surfaces, but several leather options are available in many colors and patterns. The trim pieces are well put together, consisting of wood, leather, and soft-touch plastics. Several features come standard in the 2013 Grand Cherokee: radio/CD player, multifunction tilt/telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, Uconnect, and push button start. Also available are heated seats, automatic climate control, navigation systems, and several top-tier sound systems.
The 2013 Grand Cherokee gets one of three available engines. The base engine is Chrysler’s 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 (known as the Pentastar V-6) that makes 260 pounds-feet of torque and is paired with a five speed automatic transmission. The V-6 offers the best fuel economy of the bunch, checking in at 17/23 mpg city/highway. The mid-range model features a larger, 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 making 390 pounds-feet of torque. The V-8 is mated to a six-speed automatic and returns 14/20 mpg city/highway. Topping off the range is the Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the performance oriented Jeep gets a monstrous, 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 making 465 pounds-feet of torque paired with a more robust five-speed automatic. This combination returns a hardly stellar 12/18 mpg city/highway.
In 2011, the Grand Cherokee switched to a four-wheel independent suspension but didn’t completely make the move to crossover-land. It still has standard rear-wheel drive and plenty of off-road capability. There are no less than three four-wheel drive systems offered, each with different features that get more and more rugged. The top two systems, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II offer the Selec-Terrain system in which the driver select the current terrain and the suspension/drivetrain adapt to the different conditions, be it sand/mud, rocks, or snow.
According to the IIHS, the 2013 Grand Cherokee is a very safe car receiving a coveted Top Safety Pick award. The expected standard safety features are all included: six airbags, traction control, antilock disc brakes, and active head restraints. Other electronic aids are also available and include hill-start assist, descent assist, and parking sensors.