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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Utility
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      185/220
    • ENGINE
      4.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $24,903
  • 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Utility
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      185/220
    • ENGINE
      4.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $30,629
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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

An upgraded off-road tank.

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Overview

The 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee takes the impressively designed Jeep Cherokee and improves on it in almost every way. Retaining the excellent off-road performance of the Cherokee, the Jeep Grand Cherokee provides a larger, more powerful vehicle that performs better on roadways and has a more luxurious and comfortable interior. The Jeep Grand Cherokee remains significantly more expensive than the Cherokee, but the additions offered by the Grand Cherokee seem well worth the cost.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee makes an excellent family vehicle and still performs well as a day-to-day driver for people who can afford the extra cost over a conventional passenger vehicle. The handling on roadways more closely resembles a smaller passenger vehicle than the cumbersome truck-like handling of many SUVs. The only negative aspects of the Grand Cherokee concern the large size, which can make it difficult to park, and the low fuel economy, which makes it expensive to operate. However, drivers willing to look past these issues find the Grand Cherokee to be a large, spacious vehicle, with excellent handling, and ample off-road capabilities.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
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

What's New

The 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis starts as a new model. The redesigned eight-cylinder engine increases torque. The Grand Cherokee Limited now offers two-wheel drive, and a power sunroof provides an optional feature.

Exterior

The Jeep Grand Cherokee classifies as a midsize SUV, measuring in at 179 inches long, with a wheelbase of 105.9 inches. The 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee stretches a full foot longer than the Cherokee. Steel wheels and a roof rack provide standard equipment along with power windows, power locks, keyless entry, a rear window defroster, and a rear window wiper. Alloy wheels, fog lights, power heated mirrors, a power sunroof, and a camper towing package offer optional features on all models.

Interior

The Jeep Grand Cherokee looks far more luxurious than the more utilitarian Cherokee. Even with standard equipment, the Grand Cherokee offers more than a fully loaded Cherokee. Cruise control, air-conditioning, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player all come standard on the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. An overhead console, a CD player, Infinity audio, power seats, leather seats, and an anti-theft system remain optional. Higher-end models offer 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 Grand Cherokee performs just as well as the Jeep Cherokee offroad. Unusually, the Jeep Grand Cherokee also handles itself exceptionally well on roadways. The 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee marks one of the earliest SUVs to start demonstrating a car-like grace. It might not perform quite as well as a car or many minivans, but it does not have the cumbersome, truck-like feel common in SUVs.

Safety

A driver airbag and four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard on the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. A built-in child seat remains available as optional equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0-liter six-cylinder: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.2-liter eight-cylinder: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Slightly overpriced options

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Slightly overpriced options

Sum Up

An upgraded off-road tank.

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