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Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a great choice for a midsize SUV. It has several powertrain options, luxurious interiors and provides a smooth, comfortable ride.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 5-seat midsize SUV. It offers exactly what you'd expect from the Jeep brand - a vehicle that is tough on trails. Pairing this with a smooth, comfortable ride and an upscale interior make the Jeep Grand Cherokee a stand-out among family crossover vehicles.
New for 2016 are the start-stop system, the variable valve timing unit and the lift on its base 3.6-liter V6 engine. Electric-assist power steering and low-rolling-resistance tires are standard features on all models except the SRT. With the addition of more aluminum suspension components, weight has been significantly reduced across all models making for a smoother ride. A new High Altitude Package has also been introduced to Overland models.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee maintains its high shoulder stance for 2016. The last full redesign was done in 2011 and it carries forward much of the same look this year. The front-end and grille have been toned down the last couple of years. In addition, all 2016 models get a spoiler and LED tail lights are amplified.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in five trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit and SRT. Standard equipment for the Laredo includes 17-inch alloy wheels and automatic headlights. The Limited trim level is upgraded with 18-inch wheels, heated steering wheel and leather seats. The Overland trim level steps up the game with 20-inch wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, power-folding mirrors, additional body color exterior trim and a tow package for 4WD. The Summit trim line adds 20-inch polished wheels. And lastly, the SRT model upgrades to 20-inch forged wheels with performance tires and Brembo brakes.
Optional packages can also be purchased. The Off-Road Adventure I Group includes skid plates, tow hooks, a two-speed transfer case, all-terrain tires and a full size spare tire. The 75th Luxury Group adds xenon lights with auto-leveling and high beam control, automatic wipers, LED running lights and fog lights. The Luxury Group II package adds a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. Exclusive to the Overland trim level is the High Altitude package with adds 20-inch black wheels, a sporty body kit and black exterior accents. The Platinum Series Group includes a variety of exterior trim enhancements.
Power and Performance:
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee has several engine options, with some exclusively available to specific trim levels. The standard configuration is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that outputs 295 horsepower. This is available on all models except the SRT version. The SRT comes with a 6.4 -liter V8 engine that offers 475 horsepower with 470 lb-ft of torque. Additional engine options (5.7-liter V8 with 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 engine with 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft) are offered to the mid-range trim levels Limited, Overland and Summit. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee has powerful towing capacity with the V6 engine rated at 2,812 kg while the Hemi V8 is rated for 3,265 kg.
Rear-wheel drive is standard on all models except the SRT. There are other 4WD options with availability depending on the trim level. The two-speed light-duty Quadra-Trac I system, the two-speed transfer case Quadra-Trac II, the Quadra-Drive II which has a rear electronic limited-slip differential and the Quadra-Lift system which has an adaptive air suspension and a terrain-adjusting traction control system. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT comes with a specialized 4WD system meant for high-performance driving.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been admired for its handling and steering ability as an SUV. Road manoeuvres are smooth and similar to that of smaller crossovers with a good sense of stability around turns. Different trim levels and upgrades make the Jeep Grand Cherokee suitable for off-roading; it has even earned a Trail Rated designation.
Interiors and Special Features:
Whichever Jeep Grand Cherokee model you choose, you'll be impressed by its ultra-cool exterior and spacious interior with cabin space with for five. The rear cargo bay measures 1028 L with seats up and expands to 1934 L with seats folded down.
Interior seats boast upgraded fabrics for maximum comfort and durability in this versatile vehicle. Jeep also uses real wood trim on dashboards, doors and steering wheels staying true to the perception of being an off-road vehicle. All models have a standard 5-inch touchscreen with navigation, but can be upgraded to an 8.4-inch display. The interface is easy to use and includes a WiFi hotspot.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers all the safety features of its predecessor including; disc brakes, stability/traction control, hill start assist, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. Hill descent control is available on 4WD only, optional for Laredo and is standard for all other models. Rearview camera and rear parking sensors are standard on Limited, Overland, Summit and SRT models. A front parking sensor is standard on the Summit model only. The Advanced Technology Group comes with a forward collision warning system with crash mitigation, rear cross path detection, and blind-spot monitoring.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated Jeep Grand Cherokee with five stars for front protection and side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Jeep Grand Cherokee the top rating of "Good" in most of its crash tests.
Overall, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a strong contender in its class offering a range of powertrain options to suit those looking for a high performance, off-road vehicle.