Price: $37,795 ($47,480 as tested)
Engine: 5.7-liter V8
Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
Power: 360hp and 390 lb-ft of Torque
If there was one company that I would say has dominated the SUV market for as long as I could remember, it would have to be Jeep. Since its humble beginnings, Jeep has always created capable SUVs that always deliver on and off the road.
Jeep’s latest and greatest is the 2014 Grand Cherokee. It takes everything that you know and love about Jeep and add some extra luxurious features. This year’s models can is also offered in many variants. The different models include the Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland, and Summit. Engine options include the 3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8, and 3.0-liter V6 Turbo Diesel, with our testing model being fitted with the V8.
On the outside, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited looks more elegant and sleek. It looks as though Jeep took some pointer from Range Rover when creating it, slimming the headlights and grille. It is almost confusing as to why they changed their iconic griller, however. Instead of the bold statement given by the earlier models’ grilles, you get an almost forgettable grille that acts as a just a divider between the shiny new headlights. Besides this one tiny misstep, Jeep did an incredible job designing the exterior of the new Grand Cherokee.
If I go back a few years, I can recall my family’s 1997 Jeep Cherokee. It was an incredibly reliable car, but its interior was so incredibly sub-par, it hurt. Everything from the dashboard to the seating seemed as though it was taken from an 80’s model. It was basic, but functional nonetheless. Now, coming back to 2014 Grand Cherokee, Jeep has outdone themselves. The interior in this new SUV is not only functional, but also surprisingly luxurious. A stitched leather dash steals the show and real wood trim spruces up the doors, dash and steering wheel. No pun intended. I’d say I felt like I was in a Mercedes or BMW rather than a Jeep. Chrysler has clearly stepped up their game when it comes to decorating the inside of Jeeps.
[quote align=”left” color=”#000000″]It will be hard to own one of these and not have it caked in mud from off-roading.[/quote]
But, what is a Jeep if it can’t perform on and off the road? Well, I would say that it wouldn’t be considered a true Jeep then. Luckily, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4 is acts exactly as you would expect on and off the road. On the road you get a smooth ride with heaps of power. That big ol’ V8 under the hood provides 360hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, and a towing capacity of up to 7,400 lbs. Jeep has also mated an eight-speed automatic transmission to the engine, along with a new Eco Mode. With these two additions, the Grand Cherokee 4×4 can get up to 22mpg on the highway.
Even though this SUV may look fancy, don’t expect it to back down off of the road. It can tackle steep grades, climb over difficult obstacles, and power through the thickest mud puddles. It will be hard to own one of these and not have it caked in mud from off-roading. This year’s Grand Cherokee still features the Quadra-Lift air suspension, and offers the Selec-Terrain management system, allowing you to select the right suspension or drivetrain setup depending on the driving condition. I will say, the air suspension was a bit noisy at times.
If you were expecting the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4 to be a letdown, I’m sorry to inform you that it is still as tough and rugged as ever. Even though it may look gorgeous, it will still handle whatever terrain you can dish out at it and at a base price of $37,795, it’s a steal.