The 2016 Grand Cherokee: Another Award Winner?
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee took home a variety of awards last year, helping emphasize its place atop the SUV market. Among the major awards won by the vehicle were:
- The 2015 Green SUV of the Year
- Most Popular Midsize Traditional SUV
- SUV of Texas
- Official Winter Vehicle of New England
- Ward’s 10 Best Engines
- IIHS Top Safety Pick
- Mid-Size SUV Challenge Winner
- Best Premium Standard Utility
- Consumers Digest Best Buy
As you can see, the Grand Cherokee wasn’t recognized for one particular attribute… it received accolades for numerous reasons. We should expect more of the same from the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, as the brand has once again delivered with their SUV. Let’s see the main reasons why this year’s model may be another award winner…
The 2016 Grand Cherokee should be commended for it’s luxurious interior, as the cabin is filled with top-of-the-line materials. To start, customers can choose between four luxury trims (Natura leather Trim, Nappa Leather Trim, Capri Leather Trim, and Cloth) to help cover the heated front and rear seats.
From there, drivers will find an assortment of premium upholsteries covering the interior. Open-pore wood surrounds the cabin, and the leather is supplemented by “detailed stitching.” Finally, a premium headliner (composed of leather) means luxury is in every corner of your vehicle.
The Grand Cherokee’s engines and mechanics have been commended previously, and we expect similar accolades in 2016. Each of the vehicle’s three engines are competent in their own specific way, including the impressive 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. The unit isn’t only efficient and emissions compliant, but it also delivers an impressive 240 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque (contributing to the best-in-class 7,400-pound towing capacity). Furthermore, the system offers a 30 highway mile per gallon fuel efficiency.
The next step up is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. Offering a best-in-class V6 driving range of 600 highway miles (due to the 25 highway mile per gallon efficiency), the motor can also deliver 290 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. Finally, the 5.7-liter V8 delivers the most impressive power specs among the Grand Cherokee’s engines, pumping out 360 horsepower and 390 pounds-feet of torque. The unit contains Fuel Saving Technology, resulting in a 22 highway mile per gallon fuel efficiency.
With over 70 available safety and security features, the Grand Cherokee is a shoo-in to win several end-of-the-year safety awards. It starts with the vehicle’s design, as engineers included high-strength metal to keep their SUV secure.
Drivers will also appreciate the plethora of safety technologies, like the Blind Spot Monitoring system, the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, and the Forward Collision Warning (with Crash Mitigation). The best technological feature may be the 9-1-1 Call Button, which will team up with the vehicle’s Uconnect Service to connect you to emergency personnel.
2016 should be another banner year for the Jeep Grand Cherokee. As you’ve read, there are plenty of reasons why the SUV could be awarded once again. Whether the Jeep is recognized for its safety, impressive engine, or interior luxury, we’re confident that the vehicle will be taking home a handful of awards.