2018 Grand Cherokee
In the extremely crowded class of midsized SUVs, it can be difficult to stand out from the pack. However, this has not proved to be a problem for the 2018 Grand Cherokee – one of the most luxurious midsized SUVs on the market and certainly the most road (or should we say, off-road) worthy vehicles in the class. If you’re looking for a midsize SUV that marries powerful performance with top-notch interior amenities and wraps it all up with a solid safety rating, you’ve found it in the 2018 Grand Cherokee.
26 MPG Highway
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an SUV you’ll be proud to drive, and just because of it’s great interior amenities. While the official 2018 ratings have yet to be released for the Grand Cherokee, there have been no major updates that would invalidate the 2017 ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is great news for Grand Cherokee drivers. In 2017, the NHTSA gave the Grand Cherokee a four-out-of-five star rating.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee can comfortably seat five passengers in its two rows. The cabin is spacious and well-designed; passengers will not be fighting for space, even in the back seats. The cargo hold offers 36.3 cubic feet of space behind the back seats, which expands to 68.3 cubic feet once the second-row seats are collapsed down. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is offered in your choice of seven trims, beginning with the base model Laredo (starting MSRP of $30,595) and scaling upwards until the top trim, the Trackhawk (starting MSRP of $85,900). Clearly, there is plenty of room to find the trim that fits your needs, your wants and most importantly, your budget when you shop the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee trims; however, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with a few of the amenities that are available in each unique trim.
- The Laredo – Opt for the base model Laredo and you’ll still feel like you’re riding in a luxury vehicle. The Laredo comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen display, voice command, a proximity key, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker sound system which connects to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth and Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system.
- The Limited – Building on top of the Laredo, drivers who choose the Limited trim will enjoy heated front and back seats, a power liftgate, satellite radio, two USB ports, a 115-volt outlet, auto dimming mirrors, remote start, driver-seat memory and a heated steering wheel. The starting MSRP for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited is $38,195.
- The Trailhawk – This ones for the off-roaders and adventurers. When you opt for the Trailhawk, you’re choosing a trim that includes hill ascent and descent control, underbody skid plates, four-wheel drive with low-range gearing (known as Quadra-Drive II), Quadra-Lift adjustable air suspension, power-folding mirrors, 18-inch wheels, off-road tires, a nine-speaker sound system, smartphone integration, a navigation system, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, five traction-control and leather/suede upholstery. For a starting MSRP of $43,295, you’ll feel confident tackling any terrain if you’re in the Trailhawk.
- The Overland – Not to be outdone, the Overland takes many of the distinct features of the Trailhawk and adds a bit of elegance and luxury to the overall ride. The Overland equips the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee with automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, additional leather upholstery in the cabin, a power-adjustable steering wheel, LED fog lights and daytime running lights, automatic high-beam control, and xenon headlights. All of this rides on 20-inch wheels and can be yours with a starting MSRP of $44,995.
- The Summit – Once you get to the Summit trim, it becomes hard to think of a luxury that the vehicle could possibly be lacking. For the starting MSRP of $50,995, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is loaded down with front parking sensors, a self-parking system, headlight washers, adaptive cruise control, a forward-collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, noise-cancelling windows, adaptive cruise control, a 19-speaker sound system and upgraded leather upholstery. If safety is your main concern, the Overland has you more than covered.
- The SRT & TrackHawk – the SRT and the TrackHawk break the mold of the traditional 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both are essentially high-performance sports SUVs and offer features such as sport-tuned suspension and steering and Brembro brakes. For those who are truly into sports-mode and high-performance vehicles, the SRT starts at 67,395 while the TrackHawk has a starting MSRP of $85,900.
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is nothing if not powerful – even it’s base model packs a serious punch, thanks to the 3.6-liter V6 engine that comes standard on the vehicle and gets an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. Of course, you’re not limited to just the V6 engine; you actually have your choice of three V8 engines as well. You can choose either the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 (which gets an astonishing 707 horsepower), or a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 on the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT model. Before you rush out and buy the most powerful engine possible, remember that generally more power equals more fuel – in fact, the V8 engine options have EPA estimates that range between 11-14 miles per gallon in the city and 17-22 miles per gallon on the highway. Certainly not terrible fuel estimates, but certainly weaker than the numbers put out by the V6 engine. Regardless, you can rest assured that no matter if you’re looking for a solid commuting SUV or a serious powerhouse utility vehicle, there’s an engine option that’s perfect for you when you choose to drive the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Of course, performance isn’t just all about speed and fuel economy – if you’re considering buying a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you’re probably also looking to do some serious off-roading or at least some heavy towing. You won’t have to worry about staying on the highway and paved roads if you’re driving the 2018 Grand Cherokee – the car was built to tackle tough terrain, especially if you opt for the Trackhawk trim. You also won’t have to worry about limiting your tow load – in standard form the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Properly equip your 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and you’ll raise the maximum towing capacity to 6,200 pounds.