The Grand Cherokee has been received well by both desert ramblers and daily commuters since 1992. Jeep continues to build reliable vehicles with the promise of off-road excellence. However, most Jeep owners tend to drive more on asphalt than gravel or dirt, so customers still expect the spacious interiors and handling characteristics of a car.
The Grand Cherokee comes standard with a 4.7-liter, V-6 engine and an optional 5.7-liter, V-8 engine. For 2007, a 3.0-liter, diesel engine and a flex-fuel, V-8 engine were introduced as options as well. This provides customers with different options when filling up gas. The Grand Cherokee SRT8 packs a V-8 Hemi engine, and has an all-wheel-drive custom set-up to help with getting the muscle to the asphalt.
Overall, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is highly respected. With its tastefully upgraded interior, the SUV offers more comfort and luxury than ever, but it still remains the functional and rugged vehicle that Jeeps are known for.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.7-liter, V-6; 4.7-liter V-8; 5.7-liter V-8; 6.1-liter V-8; 3.0-liter diesel
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8
The Jeep Grand Cherokee underwent a complete redesign around 2005, and thus does not offer many drastic changes for the 2007 model year. The Grand Cherokee has expanded its options with the advanced front suspension, all-wheel-drive (AWD) option, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), and optional diesel engine. Several standard safety features have also been included across the line.
There are four models for the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee: the Laredo, the Overland, the Limited, and the SRT8. The exterior of the 2007 Grand Cherokee can’t be mistaken for anything but a Jeep, with its seven-slotted grille and round headlamps. The Grand Cherokee Limited has all-wheel-drive functionality and aluminum wheels, while the Overland adds chrome wheels.
The Grand Cherokee Laredo features a CD player, power windows, a reversible cargo floor, fold-up rear seats, and air conditioning. The Grand Cherokee Limited includes climate control, leather seats, a leather steering wheel, power pedals, and a stereo system with MP3 and a CD changer. The Grand Cherokee Overland adds leather seating, park assist, satellite radio, power mirrors, and a navigation system. Other optional features are heated seats, a power sunroof, a remote start option, and a package with tow hooks and skid plates. For the Grand Cherokee SRT8, nearly all of these features are standard.
The leather seats of the Jeep Cherokee are firm, stylish, and comfortable. The chrome accents and wood trim on the interior are elegant, the controls and switches are user-friendly and clearly marked, and the gauge cluster evokes a European flair.
Performance & Handling
The Grand Cherokee Laredo has a standard 3.7-liter, V-6 engine, and the Limited trim features a more powerful, 4.7-liter, V-8 engine. An impressive, 5.7-liter, V-8 engine is standard for the Overland and optional for the Limited. A 3.0-liter, diesel engine is also available for the Overland and Limited models, which improves fuel economy by 30 percent. Lastly, the SRT8 Grand Cherokee model comes with a sporty, 6.1-liter, V-8 engine capable of pumping out 420 hp with 420 lb-ft of torque. Each of the engines has five-speed automatic transmissions. The SRT8 can get from zero to 60 mph in a little under five seconds, which tops the class in acceleration tests.
The driving experience is engaging and smooth with the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The road imperfections are hardly noticeable with the suspension, and the road feel is enhanced with the steering rack-and-pinion. When the Cherokee is fitted with all-wheel drive, the asphalt is easy to handle and ensures the driver feels confident behind the wheel. The bigger, more powerful, V-8 engine has bragging rights, but the diesel engine may be preferable when considering fuel economy.
Standard safety features on the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee include side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control. The Grand Cherokee received five out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) side- and front-impact crash tests. A five-star rating is the best overall rating that an automobile can achieve.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland: 13/19 mpg city/highway
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8: 11/13 mpg city/highway
- Optional flex-fuel and diesel engines
- Controls are simple
- Good off-road capabilities
- High-performance SRT8
You Won't Like
- V-8 has low fuel economy
- Bouncy ride over uneven pavement
- Cramped rear seating
An array of options for engine selection and impressive off-road capabilities make the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee one of the best midsize SUVs on the market.
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