2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

A strong off-road vehicle but its suspension gives a bumpier, less than comfortable ride.

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Overview

The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in four different models: the Grand Cherokee Laredo, Grand Cherokee Limited, Grand Cherokee Overland, and Grand Cherokee SRT-8. The biggest difference between the four models is the four different engines that come with them. Various other features and options are different as well. All four models have side-mounted airbags as a standard safety feature. Stability control and traction control also come standard on all four models.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8 flex-fuel, 6.1-liter V-8, optional 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8

What's New

The 4.7-liter V-8 has undergone major changes in the 2008 model and now has 305 horsepower. Soft-touch cabin surfaces are new as well as an upgraded lighting system and telescopic steering wheel. Xenon HID headlights, a hard-drive-based audio and navigation system, rear camera, rear entertainment system, and Sirius backseat TV are all new features in the 2008 models.

Exterior

The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with 20-inch alloy wheels that use run-flat tires. The privacy glass limits outside visibility of the interior. The rear wiper and rear defogger help the driver get a good view of from behind. The flip-up liftgate window and rear flip-up liftgate door are both manually operated. The Grand Cherokee has both cargo tie-downs and wiring for trailers in case the owner has a need for hauling.

Interior

The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s interior is roomy for the driver and all passengers. The driver seat is eight-way power-adjustable and the front-passenger seat is four-way power-adjustable. Both front seats have manually adjusted lumbar support. Only the driver seat is height-adjustable. The front seats are either leather or suede bucket seats. The back seats fold separately, allowing for extra cargo space and the folding center armrest has storage for the rear passengers. The Grand Cherokee has a 12-volt outlet in the front and a 115-volt outlet in the rear. The steering wheel is tilting and telescopic. The front has both overhead and front console storage areas. Cruise control is standard in all models. The steering wheel includes audio controls for the 276-watt six-speaker audio system that has a six-disc CD/DVD player with CD MP3 playback capability. The speakers are Boston Acoustics brand; Sirius satellite radio is available.

Performance & Handling

Engine options begin with a 3.7-liter V-6 that delivers 210 horsepower and goes up to a 6.1-liter V-8 that delivers 420 horsepower and takes the Grand Cherokee from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. All models include a three-liter, V-6 diesel engine option with 215 horsepower. The 4.7-liter engine gives the Grand Cherokee a 6500-pound tow capacity, and the 5.7-liter engine takes the tow capacity up to 7400 pounds. Acceleration with the V-6 is slower, so the 4.7-liter, V-8 or three-liter, diesel engine is recommended. With the Jeep Grand Cherokee designed as an off-road vehicle, the precise steering and handling are a pleasant surprise. The ride cannot compare to other vehicles that are not all-terrain and is somewhat bumpy as the road quality erodes. In an off-road environment, the four-wheel drive is very capable in handling hard driving terrain. The SRT-8 model has modified suspension that is stiffer than other models, but can handle turns as well as many other much smaller vehicles. The oversized brakes can bring the speed down quickly and efficiently.

Safety

The brake system on the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a four-wheel anti-lock brake system with electronic brake force distribution. In the front, the disc brakes are ventilated to prevent overheating, while in the rear they are solid. Stability control and traction control provide balance and help the four-wheel drive keep a good grip on the driving surface. Tire-pressure monitoring alerts the driver when air pressure is low in case any off-road driving has damaged the tires.

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: 11/14 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Variety of engine options
  • Off-road capabilities
  • Good acceleration with bigger engines
  • High-quality audio system
  • High-quality speakers
  • Fuel economy with the 3.0-liter diesel engine

You Won't Like

  • Firmer suspension that on-road vehicles
  • Short list of safety features
  • Standard engine fuel economy

Sum Up

A strong off-road vehicle but its suspension gives a bumpier, less than comfortable ride.

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