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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

Good features, performance, and looks but a poor reliability record.

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The 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to impress drivers who like off-roading, but also need a reliable vehicle on the pavement. Adequate in both areas, the Grand Cherokee represents one of the most popular SUVs on the market. For the 2002 model year, the options and upgrades increase its popularity. Coming in four trim levels with fantastic standard equipment, the Grand Cherokee allows shoppers to choose the best version for personal needs.

Trim levels include the Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Sport. The latter two trims provide new additions to the lineup. The Sport and Overland debut for the 2002 model year. A new engine also makes an initial appearance this year, the 4.7-liter V-8 higher-output version.

The 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee provides an all-around excellent purchase for multiple types of performance and remains a top choice in the segment.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Grand Cherokee Sport, Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

What's New

The 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets more power from its V-8 engine and receives two new models, the Sport and Overland. In addition, new important convenience and safety options include side airbags, automatic wipers, adjustable pedals, and a tire-pressure monitor.


The exterior of the 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee features the hallmark upright grille. The SUV measures 181.5 inches in length and sits on a 105.9-inch wheelbase. It stands 69.4 inches tall with a width of 77.3 inches. Various exterior features include skid plates, a rear defogger, intermittent wipers, a roof rack, a rear wiper, cargo tie-downs, all-season tires, and rear liftgate door. The Sport and Laredo use 16-inch steel wheels, and the Limited and Overland models have alloy 17-inch wheels.


The Limited and Laredo seat five passengers. The Limited, the Overland, and the Sport feature leather interior as standard equipment, which comes as an optional choice on the Laredo.

The standard features for the 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee include power windows, power locks, cruise control, air-conditioning, a power driver’s seat, front door pockets, a tilt steering wheel, cup holders, interior air filtration, external temperature display, a trip computer, low fuel warning, and dual vanity mirrors. A universal remote transmitter connects to security systems and garage doors.

The Overland adds a leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel that has controls for cruise and audio. All models have a six-speaker single-CD stereo system, and the upper levels have Infinity speakers and stereo. The cargo capacity with the seats folded totals 72 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The Grand Cherokee comes standard with a four-liter six-cylinder that produces 195 horsepower with 230 lb-ft of torque. The base engine mates with an automatic four-speed transmission. Options include a 4.7-liter V-8, producing 230 hp and pairing with a five-speed automatic. The 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with either four-wheel or rear drive, depending on model. The two-speed transfer case comes with the Selec-Trac 4WD system or Quadra-Trac on-demand system. The optional four-wheel-drive Quadra-Drive system has good reaction time. Going offroad and rock climbing proves easy with this luxury SUV because it is a Jeep, after all. Jeeps perform equally well in the asphalt jungle. Other SUVs can’t live up to that fact. The towing capacity when properly equipped reaches 5000 pounds, and the payload capacity totals 1100 pounds. All Grand Cherokees have an 8.3-inch ground clearance.


The 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee receives excellent safety scores from the government, including a perfect five stars for rear side-impact testing. Standard safety equipment includes child safety anchors, an engine immobilizer, driving lights, front fog lights, auto delay-off headlights, child safety locks for the rear doors, a center lap belt, electronic brake force distribution, and front seat belt pretensioners. All models also have a four-wheel anti-lock brake system. Overhead airbags, a panic alarm, and security systems remain optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jeep Grand Cherokee Sport: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • All-terrain ability
  • Comfortable for four
  • Powerful V-8 engine

You Won't Like

  • Unrefined and noisy
  • Questionable reliability

Sum Up

Good features, performance, and looks but a poor reliability record.

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