The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee debuted as the WK version, or third generation, Grand Cherokee. The redesigned 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee is larger, more powerful, and has additional features compared to earlier versions.
The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee represents the midsize SUV entry from Jeep with a design that not only offers rugged off-road capability, but a comfortable on-road ride for the whole family. With the launch of the latest Grand Cherokee generation, performance on and off-road improves.
Body Styles: four-door midsize SUV
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
The new 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee is larger, more powerful, and includes many more standard features than previous models. It measures five inches longer and an inch wider than the 2004 model, and also has a longer wheelbase and a wider track. The increase in size results in a more stable ride and a roomier interior.
The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee base model sees a change of engine from the four-liter six-cylinder to a new, 3.7-liter V-6, which significantly improves power output. The Limited version comes fitted with a 4.7-liter V-8 and offers a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 as an option. As well as increasing power output, the Hemi engine uses a multi-displacement system that deactivates four of the cylinders during cruising or idling to help save gas. A new four-wheel-drive system and adjustments to the front and rear suspension improve performance and handling of both models.
New 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, rear obstacle detection, satellite radio, and UConnect by Chrysler, which provides a wireless link to cell phones.
The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee had minimal exterior changes. Slight tweaks to its rugged, classic style have led to better ergonomics, even with the increase in size. Although the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee measures longer and wider, it has a lower ride height to improve on-road performance. Overall, ground clearance decreases about seven inches from the previous model, which likely disappoints serious off-roaders.
The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee interior comes laden with features and technology. Most controls and instruments look clear and easy to use, although the quality of interior materials is lacking; especially the hard plastic used on the doors, dash, console, and armrests. The front seats feel firmer than previous models, leading to a more comfortable ride for longer trips.
The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers two rows of seats and seats five. Legroom remains limited in the rear seat, particularly with the front seats moved back. It offers no option for reclining of the rear seats and adults find it cramped if sitting in the back for any length of time.
The Grand Cherokee includes plenty of storage space in the interior, but the cargo space in the rear measures smaller than in previous years. Folding the rear seats down improves the rear cargo space, and all models come with a standard roof rack. Entry into the rear area can be done via the lift-back or by opening the rear window independently.
Performance & Handling
The 3.7-liter, V-6 engine produces 210 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque, while the 4.7-liter V-8 has a power output of 265 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. With the addition of the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, power increases to 330 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. All models come equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift. The V-6 and V-8 engines come with rear drive standard and all-wheel drive as an option. The Hemi V-8 only comes with the new all-wheel-drive system installed.
While 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee power has improved, V-6 engine, acceleration falls short of others in the class. The V-8 and Hemi V-8 provide a much more impressive amount of power more suited to the weight of the vehicle and give a better thrust on acceleration. On-road performance improves with the adjustment to the suspension; providing a comfortable ride that handles well, although body roll can cause an issue.
Standard safety equipment for all models includes anti-lock disc brakes, front airbags, and traction control. Stability control and head airbags remain optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jeep Grand Cherokee: 14/19 mpg city/highway
- Powerful engine choices
- Off-road capability
- Simple controls
You Won't Like
- Low-quality interior materials
- Legroom in back seat
- Reduced cargo space
Redesigned midsize SUV with improved power and handling.
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