The Jeep brand is usually associated with the great outdoors and often conjures up images of rugged vehicles traversing rocky hillsides, rivers, and dirt roads. However, the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn’t quite fit that picture. It has a muscular stance with a twinge of luxury.
As the name implies, the Grand Cherokee marks the bigger, more expensive, and more luxurious option in the Jeep lineup. It classifies as a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV), like the Jeep Cherokee, but the Grand Cherokee aims at the higher-end segment of the market.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
The Jeep Grand Cherokee just got redesigned for its release in 1999. The 2000 model of the flagship vehicle only receives minor changes. The Laredo model gets a new cladding for its exterior. Both models show minor interior tweaks. Buyers get the 4.7-liter V-8 on the two-wheel drive SUV.
The designers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee take a much deserved time out for the 2000 release. The vehicle receives no significant changes in terms of its looks and mechanical setup.
The 2000 Grand Cherokee retains its upright grille to give instant affinity to the brand when seen on the road. It comes with a four-door configuration and measures about 14 inches longer than its sibling, the Jeep Cherokee.
This SUV remains true to the tradition of Jeeps having a rugged, hard edge look. It might not look as boxy as its predecessors, but it falls far from the competitors’ rounded and bulbous styling.
The Grand Cherokee accommodates seven passengers, but it seems ideal for four, or occasionally five, individuals. The vehicle’s new architecture gives it three inches of additional hip room and about 1.2 cubic feet more cargo space than the previous release. The interior still seems small, though.
The bucket seats in front may feel comfortable and soft at first but prove weak for long or off-road drives.
Radio controls are conveniently placed on the steering wheel. Other welcome additions include cruise control, a better audio system, and a dual-zone climate system.
The Laredo features cloth surroundings, while the higher-end Limited model offers leather trim.
Performance & Handling
The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a four-liter, six-cylinder engine; however the optional 4.7-liter, V-8 engine is highly preferable. The more potent engine choice gives out 235 hp combined with a monstrous torque. The raw power of the V-8 makes the Grand Cherokee fun to drive.
The V-8 also offers good power in low-torque driving conditions that helps it accelerate aggressively from a standstill. It can blast from zero to 30 mph in a matter of 2.3 seconds. It reaches 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds, which puts it ahead of all vehicles in its segment. The numbers look quite impressive, putting the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee close to the numbers of some performance vehicles.
The Grand Cherokee also comes with the Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system. This controls the wheel spin during the toughest driving conditions by applying progressive transfer of torque to the vehicle differentials on the rear, front, and center. It provides the best vehicle for crawling up a rocky hill where one wheel might rise off the surface.
The demure look and Jeep characteristics also stay consistent with its performance on the asphalt road. Drivers easily maneuver the Grand Cherokee to pass other vehicles or dodge potholes. The vehicle marks the epitome of agility for a vehicle that performs well offroad.
The 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes equipped with next generation airbags in front for the driver and passenger. It includes standard anti-lock brakes on all corners with electronic brake force distribution.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jeep Grand Cherokee: 17/22 mpg city/highway
- Great performance on all terrains
- Flawless V-8
- Cargo room
You Won't Like
- Doubtful braking
- Gear whining
- Fuel economy
Great combo of raw power and good looks.
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