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1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
The original in offroad luxury.
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As the name implies, the 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee improves on the Jeep Cherokee in almost every way. Retaining the excellent off-road capabilities of the Cherokee, the Jeep Grand Cherokee proves larger and more powerful; it performs better on roadways and offers a more comfortable interior. Of course, the Jeep Grand Cherokee costs significantly more than the Cherokee, but many drivers consider it money well spent.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee makes an excellent family vehicle and day-to-day driver for people who can afford it. The roadway handling more closely resembles a smaller car than the cumbersome truck-like handling common in SUVs. The only really negative aspects result from the large size, which makes it difficult to park, and the low fuel economy, which makes it expensive to operate. However, drivers willing to look past that find the Grand Cherokee to be a large, spacious vehicle, with excellent handling and more than ample off-road capabilities.
Engines: 4.0-liter six-cylinder, 5.2-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Grand Cherokee SE, Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis provides a new model. The redesigned eight-cylinder engine increases torque. The Grand Cherokee Limited now offers two-wheel drive. A power sunroof joins the list of optional features.
The Grand Cherokee classifies as a midsize SUV, measuring in at 179 inches long, with a wheelbase of 105.9 inches. The 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee stretches a full foot longer than the Cherokee. Steel wheels, rear window defroster, rear window wiper, and a roof rack come standard. Alloy wheels, power heated mirrors, a sunroof, fog lights, and a camper towing package remain available as optional features on all models.
The 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee looks far more opulent than the Cherokee. Even with standard equipment, the Grand Cherokee offers more than a fully loaded Cherokee. Cruise control, air-conditioning, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player all come standard on all models. An overhead console, a CD player, Infinity audio, power seats, leather seats, and an anti-theft system comprise the list of optional equipment. Higher-end models get these features as standard equipment, as well.
Performance & Handling
Performance marks the high point of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and it outperforms most of the competition with ease. As long as the driver gets four-wheel drive installed, the Jeep Grand Cherokee performs just as well as the Jeep Cherokee offroad. Unusually, the Grand Cherokee also handles itself exceptionally on roadways. The 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee represents one of the earliest SUVs to demonstrate carlike grace. It might not perform quite as well as a car and many minivans, but it does not have the cumbersome, truck-like feel common to SUVs.
A driver airbag and four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide standard features on the 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee. A built-in child seat remains available as optional equipment.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.2-liter eight-cylinder: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- Excellent performance
- Spacious interior
- Standard anti-lock brakes
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Slightly overpriced options
The original in offroad luxury.
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