2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
We miss our long term 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee… so much, in fact, that we jumped at the first opportunity to drive the revamped 2014 edition.
Since the ’14 GC is a mid-cycle do-over, the updated styling brought no changes to its size. There are new LED daytime runners and taillight accents, revised fascia and grille, and a larger rear spoiler.
The former interior, while very comfortable, lacked a modern edge… and Jeep was quick to remedy that. Both the gauge cluster and center stack are tidied up, lending a cleaner, more premium look. And Chrysler’s UConnect system cleans up infotainment duties through a 5 or 8.4 inch touchscreen display.
A new Audi-like gear selector signals a badly needed fuel economy boost thanks to the same ZF-designed 8 speed automatic transmission used by the RAM 1500. With the carryover 3.6-liter V-6, the two-by highway rating goes from 23 to 25 MPG. The 5.7-liter V8 nudges up too. But, the other big news is the return of a 3.0 liter V-6 turbo-diesel option with 30 MPG economy.
No off-road capabilities were sacrificed, as the Grand Cherokee remains one of the best of its size. A new Selec-Speed Control function allows up and down hill climbing-speed selection through the paddle shifters.
Available in rear, all-wheel, and two-speed four-wheel drive, there are now four trim levels with a new top-tier Summit. On sale this spring, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee starts around $30,000.
Engine: 3.6-liter V-6
Price: Starts around $30,000