2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a versatile SUV that mixes up a luxurious upscale cabin with outstanding off-roading capabilities.
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The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers two drivetrains, 2×4 and 4×4, and has up to 11 trims available for consumers to revel in. The 2×4 and 4×4 drivetrains include the following trims – the Laredo, Laredo E, Altitude, Limited, Sterling Edition, Overland, High Altitude, and Summit trims. The 4×4 drivetrain will awaken your inner daredevil, granting you access to the Trailhawk, SRT and the all-new Trackhawk trims.
All trims, with the exception of the SRT and the Trackhawk, come equipped with a standard 3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT Engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission for optimized performance, rounding out the fuel efficiency at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Keeping fuel economy and efficiency in mind, Jeep has issued all trims of the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee to include an electric start-stop (ESS) system.
Looking to outrun the competition? The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT flexes its muscles, powered by an SRT 6.4-Liter HEMI V8 engine, able to generate 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque and run a quarter-mile run in 13.0 seconds. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk manages to top the muscle-flexing power of the entire lineup by clocking in at 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft torque, powered by a 6.2-Liter V8 Supercharged engine capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
Driving and Handling
Jeep, true to their off-road history and appeal, offers a large selection of 4×4 systems in the Grand Cherokee lineup. Of course a 4×4 system implies availability only with a 4×4 drivetrain, which in 2018 is no small feat for Jeep considering they’re offering a 4×4 system for every trim in the Grand Cherokee lineup. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Laredo E, and Altitude are designed with all-weather capability in mind, with a brake-lock differential and Jeep Selec-Terrain system – all a part of the standard Quadra-Trac I 4WD system.
Also equipped with the Quadra-Trac I 4WD system are the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, Trailhawk, Sterling Edition, Overland, High Altitude, and Summit trims. The system was designed with a two-speed transfer to detect and correct tire slippage, working in tandem with the Jeep Selec-Terrain Control system to help navigate through snow, sand, mud, or rock. Additionally, the Quadra-Trac system comes with a low-range to enhance off-roading capabilities. The Trailhawk trim finds itself “Trail Rated Tough” in large part thanks to the Quadra-Drive II system which was designed with an electronic rear limited-slip differential for ultimate off-road traction and capability. The Quadra-Drive II is also available as an optional add-on for the Grand Cherokee Overland and High Altitude trims. The stars of the 2018 Grand Cherokee lineup, the SRT and Trackhawk trims, come with their own 4×4 system named Quadra-Trac Active on Demand 4WD – a system that locks in the 4×4 drivetrain regardless of driving conditions.
Throughout the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup, consumers can enjoy many standard features available. For example, the Jeep G.C. features deep tint sunscreen glass, an acoustic windshield, tinted front door and windshield glass, automatic on/off headlamps, heated exterior mirrors, body-color door handles and mirrors, hood insulation, integrated liftgate rear spoilers. Platinum side roof rails and premium LED fog lamps are available in the high-tier trims, such as the High Altitude and the Summit. More luxurious features such as a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, exterior mirrors with memory and integrated turn signals, bi-xenon HID headlamps, and a power liftgate are also optional for higher-tier trims. Optional bright door handles, grilles, and roof rails can be added as accents to help consumers stand out even more while on the open road.
Jeep doesn’t skimp out on the interior luxury of the Grand Cherokee, offering a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel audio controls, luxury front and rear floor mats, dual-zone automatic temperature control, electronic vehicle information center, and full-length floor console as standard features regardless of trim. Heated Leather seats are available starting from the Altitude trim onward; both the Laredo and Laredo E, that precede the Altitude trim, come with standard cloth bucket seats and no heating. Heated second-row seats are standard, starting with the Limited trim, while the availability of ventilated front seats is reserved for the high-tier Overland, High Altitude, Summit, Trailhawk, SRT, and Trackhawk trims. Special leather trims, the likes with perforations or suede seats, and steering wheel mounted shift levers are examples of optional upgrades available in higher-tier models.
Jeep outdoes itself by offering a Uconnect 4 system with 7-inch display as the 2018 lineup standard. Designed to keep consumers connected and focused on the road, the system is fully equipped with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities, and integrated voice command with Bluetooth is also included. The Grand Cherokee Laredo, Laredo E, Altitude, and Limited trims enjoy a 6-speaker sound system as the standard, while the rest of the lineup includes a 9-speaker amplified system with a subwoofer. The Grand Cherokee Summit has a 19-speaker Harman Kardon system,which is also available as an optional upgrade on the Grand Cherokee Overland, High Altitude, SRT, and Trackhawk.
Select trims can even opt for an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 4C NAV, providing consumers with greater remote access and control. Available add-ons that will run the gamut would be a rear seat dual screen Blu-ray/DVD player, and a Blu-ray compatible dual screen video system. A complimentary 1-year SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is included with the purchase of any Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee touts itself as the “Most Awarded SUV Ever” and safety is no exception. Created with the idea of off-roading in mind, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers safety features such as 4-wheel traction control, electronic stability control systems, head-restraints, advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front-mounted, rear and side-curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, child seat tethers and a 3-point center rear seat belt. Advanced tech-related safety features that are available include adaptive cruise control with stop, blind spot and cross path detection, enhanced accident response system, ParkSense rear park assist, and ParkView rear backup camera. Full speed forward collision warning, parallel and perpendicular park-assist, and LaneSense lane departure warning are some of the more advanced optional safety features.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000, respectively whichever comes first. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a starting MSRP of $30,595 (plus destination fee).