Jeep Grand Cherokee: The Most-Awarded SUV
Arguably among the most iconic vehicles on the American automotive scene, the Jeep brand is instantly recognizable and beloved by generations of drivers from all walks of life. But of those celebrated vehicles, the experts have embraced one more than all others.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV ever, boasting more than a dozen major accolades from industry experts and consumers alike.
And it’s easy to see why. Stop into any Jeep dealerships in South Florida and see for yourself.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Everybody’s Favorite SUV
Before we review the awards, let’s take a look at what makes the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee when it comes to powertrains, performance, and safety. Based on its award-winning heritage, the 2015 Grand Cherokee is poised to persist as a seriously celebrated SUV.
One of the best things about the Grand Cherokee, which partly explains its appeal and popularity, is that it knows no boundaries. Drivers from all over the United States love the Grand Cherokee for its rugged capability in even the most challenging climates and extreme weather conditions. Able to conquer all kinds of terrain, the Grand Cherokee is perfect for year-round road trips, consistently delivering dependable comfort and security.
Powertrains – Plenty of Options on the Grand Cherokee
When it comes to engines, the Grand Cherokee demands respect and gets it.
The 2015 model year wasn’t given major upgrades, due to the fact that the Grand Cherokee received a major revamp in 2011. However, Jeep is always enhancing its already winning formula, and so this year’s Grand Cherokee does boast a few improvements across the six trim levels.
However, all trim levels, with the exception of the SRT, share the same powertrains. The standard engine comes in the form of a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, generating 290 horsepower with 260 lb.-ft. of torque, among the “10 Best engines of 2013,” according to Ward’s magazine.
Certain trim levels, including the Limited, Overland, and Summit offer the available 5.7-liter V8, producing 360 horsepower with 390 lb.-ft. of torque, or the turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6, able to get 240 horsepower with 420 lb.-ft. of torque.
Both the V6 and V8 engines boast Best-in-Class Driving Range, owing to their Variable Valve Timing feature.
For an environmentally-friendly option, which let’s face it, SUVs aren’t generally known for, the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel earned the Green Car Journal’s 2015 Green SUV of the Year award.
This award follows the Grand Cherokee’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine’s distinction as one of Ward’s 10 best Engines in 2014.
According to The Northwest Automotive Press Association, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4, equipped with the EcoDiesel engine represented the year’s Best Premium Standard Utility.
This year’s SRT trim gets a serious boost from the 6.4-liter V8 engine, which gets 475 horsepower with 470 lb.-ft. of torque. The SRT is equipped with a finely-tuned all-wheel-drive system designed for enhanced performance, rather than the off-road capability traditionally associated with Jeep SUVs.
No matter the trim level or engine option, all 2015 Grand Cherokees are operated by the standard eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Boasts a Celebrated Safety Record
Here is where the well-earned awards start to roll in: safety ratings. Based on the success of earlier models, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is poised to collect as many gold stars as those that have paved the way before it.
Federal crash tests awarded the 2014 Grand Cherokee five out of a possible five stars, thanks to its 45 available passive and active safety options, particularly its Forward Collision Warning System, recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety deemed the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee a “Top Safety Pick,” and the subsequent model years continue to support the Grand Cherokee’s reputation for safe reliability.
It’s really not surprising to learn, based on this model’s background, that this year’s Jeep Grand Cherokee did as well in federal crash tests, earning five out of a possible five stars for overall crash protection and total front and side crash protection, given the number of standard and available safety features it offers its drivers and passengers.
Standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, air bags throughout the front and rear cabins (front side, side curtain, and active front head restraints), hill ascent and descent control, complemented by stability and traction control, which explains the 2015 Grand Cherokee’s top-level rating of “Good” by the IIHS.
The Overland, Summit, and SRT trims come standard with the Advanced Technology Group, which offers enhanced active and passive safety technology, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning complete with crash mitigation.
The Advanced Technology Group is an available option on the Grand Cherokee Limited edition.
All upper trim levels are equipped with rearview cameras and park assist.
Riding Inside the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
After nabbing another award, this time the prestigious WardsAuto 10 Best Interiors Award in 2014, the 2015 Grand Cherokee continues to please with its comfortable, roomy, and easily-accessible cabin features.
Although there isn’t a third row in this SUV, the Grand Cherokee easily and comfortable seats five passengers. Those seated in the back will enjoy more legroom than available in class-competitors like the Toyota 4Runner.
All Grand Cherokees, even the base level Laredo, come standard with a 7-inch screen for all your infotainment preferences. A larger, WiFi and smartphone integrated 8.4-inch touchscreen is available, and preferred by reviewers and industry experts.
Ample cargo space stands at 36.3 cubic feet. Once the seats are folded down, the cargo area extends to 68.3 cubic feet.
With tons of available bells and whistles to choose from, like ventilated front seats, rear entertainment system with Blu-Ray capability and a range of luxurious, soft-touch details, you can create the ideal interior for your Grand Cherokee.
A Future Launched by Legacy: The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Continues the Trend
It’s a bit early in the year to expect the 2015 to have amassed the awards and accolades of its 2014 and 2013 predecessors. However, there is every reason to believe that the current model will continue the trophy-collecting trend started by earlier years.
When the trend does continue, the 2015 should slide into the spots secured by the 2014 Grand Cherokee, according to the following industry experts:
According to Edmunds, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was the “Most Popular Midsize Traditional SUV,” based on the highest number of monthly shoppers reviewing the SUV for possible purchase.
Autobytel also named the 2014 Grand Cherokee its SUV of the Year.
Not to be outdone, a panel of experts from USA Today, “MotorWeek,” and Cars.com determined that the 2014 Grand Cherokee was its “Mid-Size SUV Challenge Winner,” meaning it beat five same-class competitors in fuel efficiency, comfort, features, practicality, and driving ability.
And it’s a smart purchase, according to Consumers Digest, which named the Grand Cherokee the “Best Buy” full-size luxury SUV for 2013.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Already Winning
No matter the climate, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is consistently a favorite SUV. Last year, the Grand Cherokee earned the distinction of being named the Official Winter Vehicle of New England for the fourth consecutive year by the New England Motor Press Association.
Head south and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is just as beloved in the hot Texan environment. The Texas Auto Writers Association voted the 2015 Grand Cherokee as its “SUV of Texas” for the fifth year in a row.
No matter where you want to go, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the ideal SUV to get you there.