2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

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Vehicle Overview

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee midsize SUV remains the brand's flagship vehicle, and sees a comeback for the record books. In previous models, the Grand Cherokee was heavy, unrefined, and guzzled gas; now, the Grand Cherokee feels upscale, performs better, and has been completely refreshed. The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 flex-fuel engine that delivers 290 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway. Jeep offers its flagship SUV in five models, the Laredo, Limited, Overland, SRT8, and limited edition Trailhawk.

In a recent test drive, the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 delivered just as much performance as other SUVs costing considerably more. Inside the Grand Cherokee SRT8 were more luxury features than we expected, with leather-trimmed seats with preferred suede, and both the front and rear seats were heated. The Grand Cherokee felt light on its fee, and the performance-tuned steering made it easy to push the vehicle around with ease. "If money isn't an issue, and you feel like your garage is missing an unruly SUV that's made in and screams "AMERICA" at the top of its figurative lungs, then the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 should receive your undivided attention."

Standard features for the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglamps, power accessories, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a six-speaker sound system. The Laredo E package adds roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, power driver seat, and satellite radio. The Laredo X package adds 18-inch wheels, upgraded sound system, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power front passenger seat, and rearview camera. Options for the Laredo include the Security and Convenience package and the Trailhawk package. The Limited model has all Laredo options standard, as well as bi-xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, Garmin navigation, panoramic sunroof, and heated second row seats. The Overland models feature optional equipment from the Limited model, as well as unique wheels, black or saddle-colored leather upholstery, forward collision warning, front parking assist, and blind spot and rear cross-path sensors.

New for 2013

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee now offers a Trailhawk edition and new standard features on the Overland Summit model, including front park assist, power-folding mirrors, headlight washers.

You'll Like:

  • Strong engine lineup
  • Stylish and comfortable interior
  • Off-road capabilities

You Won't Like:

  • Slow transmission
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Finicky optional navigation system

Key Competitors:

  • Ford Explorer
  • Honda Pilot
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Toyota 4Runner

See the New 2015 Grand Cherokee.

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