Top Reasons You Should Consider Buying a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The flagship for the Jeep brand – the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV in history. That should continue in 2016 as it continues to impress on and off the road, has incredible towing capabilities, is loaded with lots of hi-tech features and is very well built.
If you are asking yourself “why should I buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee?” – check out the pros and cons below.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Pros
Several trim levels to choose from – with five trim levels and three limited edition models for the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee there is a diverse selection to consider. The Laredo (MSRP from $29,995), Limited (MSRP from $37,365), Overland (MSRP from $44,195), Summit (MSRP from 49,595) and the SRT (MSRP from $62,495) make up the five trim levels. The limited edition models are the 75th Anniversary Edition which is based off the Laredo trim it has an MSRP of $34,775), the Limited 75th Anniversary Edition (MSRP from $40,875) is a special package applied to the Limited trim and the High Altitude (MSRP from $46,690).
All the trim levels are distinguishable by their subtle differences in highlight features found inside and on the exterior of the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
So depending on your preferences and budget there should be a Grand Cherokee suited to your needs – whether that is buying at a lower price point, or the desire for more luxury features to the pure street performance of the SRT – Jeep has got you covered! For a more detailed run down of the trims – check out the review.
- Choice of 4x2 or 4x4 – while Jeeps are known for their legendary off-road capabilities there are some people that know they will never go off-road or ever really use the 4x4 but love the look and brand of the Jeep. For them they have the choice to save some money and buy a 4x2 version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee not only saving on the initial buying price – but on maintenance and on gas.
- High-quality and comfortable interior – even the base Laredo model has a high-quality feel to it, whether the seats come in cloth or leather the seating is very comfortable and all the instruments, controls, buttons and dials are well laid out and easily within reach.
The interior becomes more luxurious as you climb higher up the trim levels – the Laredo and Limited trims have dark wood trim on the doors, center console and dashboard – the Laredo comes with cloth seats while the Limited has Capri leather seats.
The Overland has Nappa leather seats and the leather wrapped steering wheel also has wood trim on it.
The Summit is the most luxurious of the trims whith Premium Natura-plus vented leather seats and open-pore wood trim and copper accents. The Overland and Summit also come with the CommandView dual-pane sunroof.
- Off-road capabilities – probably the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of the Jeep brand is off-road dominance and the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee won’t disappoint in this category. With the optional package groups Off-Road Adventure I or Off-Road Adventure II (package depends on trim level) – the Grand Cherokee receives Jeep’s Trail Rated badge.
- Best-in-class towing capacities – the Jeep Grand Cherokee really blows away its competition in this category – it’s almost like it could tow its challenger and whatever that SUV had hooked up to tow. When properly equipped the Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,400 lbs. Check out the full towing capacity chart here with a breakdown of specific models, engine and drive systems.
|Jeep Grand Cherokee
||3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 4x2
||3.6L V6 engine AWD
||3.5L EcoBoost V6 4WD
||3.5L V6 AWD
|Kia Sorento L
||3.3L V6 AWD
||3.6L 6-cylinder AWD
||3.5L V6 FWD
|Note: This chart shows the maximum listed trailer towing of the model - not all trim levels may be equipped to achieve these levels - check with the manufacturer before you attempt to tow.
- Strong engine choices – there are four engine choices that come either standard or available depending on trim level. The 4x2 trims come with the 3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT Engine which is quite capable of powering the Grand Cherokee. It puts out 295 horsepower.
A 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is available on the Limited, Overland, High Altitude and Summit 4x4. It produces 360 hp @ 5,150 rpm and 390 lb-ft. torque @ 4,250 rpm.
Also available on 4x2 and 4x4 trims (except the Laredo) is a 3.0-Liter V6 EcoDiesel Engine which gets up to 30 mpg highway driving and has an overall driving range of over 730 miles.
The SRT has an exclusive powerhouse of an engine – a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque it propels the Grand Cherokee SRT from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds.
- Technology features – There are a lot of high tech features that come standard or are available with the Grand Cherokee starting with the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation. Besides navigation – it allows you to do hands free calling, voice commands and voice texts.
The instrument cluster that contains a 7-inch Multiview display with TFT technology that will allow you to see vehicle information at a glance.
To keep the rear seat passengers entertained there is an available Dual-screen Blu-ray and DVD Entertainment System with 9-inch screens on the back of the front seat headrests. It comes withHDMI ports that will allow you to connect gaming consoles or other devices..
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Cons
Pricing escalates quickly – while the base Laredo 4x2 trim starts with an MSRP of $29,995 the prices rise dramatically as you look at the more luxurious trim levels such as the 4x2 Summit which reaches $49,595 MSRP – if you want their high performance SRT trim it will run you $65,495 MSRP.
- No third row seating available – it’s not really an issue as people know they are buying a 5 passenger SUV but with so many of the competitors in the midsize SUV category offering 3rd row seating it is a little surprising that Jeep hasn’t adjusted the Grand Cherokee to accommodate more passengers.
a Price Quote on a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.