Best Model Years for a Used Jeep Grand Cherokee

August 4th, 2015 by

2015 Jeep Grand CherokeeOne of the best aspects of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is that it is a vehicle with true SUV capability that really does drive like a car.

Though its been around since the early 1990s, the Jeep Grand Cherokee retains its rugged durability even as it has evolved to include luxurious upgrades and overall comfort enhancements.

Pay a visit to your Jeep dealership and check out all the used Jeeps Colorado Springs has to offer.

But before you do, take a look at this a quick review of some of the best model years to choose from

A Complete Overhaul: The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

For the 2011 model year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee launched unlike any other that had come before it. Sporting a total redesign, the new Grand Cherokee was roomier, particularly with respect to the second row of passenger seats.

But a more spacious interior wasn’t all that Jeep had in store for the reworked Grand Cherokee.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee OverlandEquipped with a brand new 3.6-liter V6 engine, able to produce 290 horsepower with 260 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2011 still kept the 5.7-liter V8 engine option, generating 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque.

Both came operated by a standard five-speed automatic transmission.

Available in three trim levels: the Laredo, Limited, and Overland, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee featured both 4×2 or 4×4 capabilities.

Fuel efficiency for the base drivetrain rated at 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, while the V8 got an estimated 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.

Able to tow 7,400 pounds, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee set the pace for the segment with respect to capability and comfort.

This would be an excellent model year to scout for your used or certified pre-owned Jeep Grand Cherokee purchase.

Keeping Current: The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2015 Jeep Grand CherokeeIf you’re the kind of car buyer who feels more comfortable purchasing a used vehicle from the most recent model year available, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is another serious contender for your consideration.

Still able to seat five passengers in plenty of space and comfort, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee keeps the same drivetrains as the 2011 model; however, the SRT trim level gets a real boost.

If you’re interested in the SRT model, expect to drive a Grand Cherokee outfitted with a 6.4-liter V8 engine, able to get 475 horsepower with 470 lb.-ft. of torque.

The extra power of the SRT compromises its fuel economy compared to the other model options, dropping it to a 15 mpg combined. However, as you might expect, the power boost protects the Grand Cherokee’s towing capacity of 7,200 pounds.

No matter your engine choice, all of this year’s Grand Cherokees operate with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

When it comes to the safety of your passengers and other precious cargo, you can drive with confidence knowing that the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top rating of “Good.”

And there are more model years to choose from, of course, but these two represent the most current and notable from recent years.

No matter what year you ultimately choose, in a Jeep Grand Cherokee it really is possible to “Go Anywhere, Do Anything.”


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