2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep® brand sure has had a lot of news this year. There have been constant spy shots of new vehicles like the new Jeep Cherokee, the Jeep Patriot was discontinued, and the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL debuted at the 2017 LA Auto Show. Jeep also released the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk this year, an SUV to match the power of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Going into the 2018 model year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is still capable of kicking up dirt and burning some rubber.
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With some new additions to the lineup, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee also changed its selection of engines. With two drivetrains, there are a total of 11 trims when the 4×4 drivetrain is selected. If going for the 2×4 drivetrain, then only the following trims are available – the Laredo, Laredo E, Altitude, Limited, Sterling Edition, Overland, High Altitude, and Summit trims. The 4×4 drivetrain gives access to the Trailhawk, SRT, and Trackhawk trims.
The standard engine for all trims, no matter the drivetrain (except for the SRT and Trackhawk), is the ol’ faithful 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine with variable valve timing (VVT) technology for optimized performance, and with electric start-stop (ESS) this year for conserving fuel economy. All trims equipped with the 3.6L engine are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, leading to a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Optional on all trims with the V6 engine is a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, capable of generating 360 horsepower. If looking for more power, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is made for the track, built with a SRT® 6.4-Liter HEMI® V8 engine under the hood, clocking in at 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The strongest out of all of the available engines is the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, powered by a 6.2L V8 Supercharged engine, capable of generating 707 horsepower, and able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
Known for their off-road systems, Jeep comes with a large selection of 4×4 systems, each particular to a model or trim in the brand lineup. Being that these are 4×4 systems, they are of course only available with a 4×4 drivetrain. This round, every trim in the 2018 Grand Cherokee lineup gets a 4×4 system – not usual for the brand, but possibly inspired by the new Wrangler lineup. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Laredo E, and Altitude come standard with the Quadra-Trac I 4WD system, designed for all-weather capability with a brake-lock differential and the Jeep Select-terrain system. Learn more about brake-lock differentials and the other components in the below systems in our article about Jeep Performance 4×4 Systems.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, Trailhawk, Sterling Edition, Overland, High Altitude, and Summit all come with the Quadra-Trac II 4WD system, designed with a two-speed transfer case for detecting and correcting tire slippage, and comes with the Jeep Selec-Terrain Traction Control system for driving in snow, sand, mud, or rock. Qudra-Trac II also comes with a low-range for greater off-road capability. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk trim also comes with Quadra-Drive II, an optional add-on for the Grand Cherokee Overland and High Altitude trims, designed with an electronic rear limited-slip differential for ultimate off-road traction and capability, making the Trailhawk “Trail Rated Tough.” Although we wouldn’t suggest flying over any boulders in the Grand Cherokee SRT or Trackhawk trims, they do come with their own 4×4 system, the Quadra-Trac Active On Demand 4WD, a full-time 4×4 that locks in the 4×4 drivetrain no matter the driving conditions.
Although Jeep is known for hoarding up-scale features for high-tier trims, there are some lineup standards consumers may enjoy. For instance, across the lineup, automatic on/off headlights can be found, along with premium fog lamps for lighting, LED fog lamps in the Grand Cherokee High Altitude and Summit trims. Other lineup standards to enjoy are deep tint sunscreen glass that keeps the cabin from heating up, heated exterior mirrors, ParkSense rear park assist with stop, tinted windshield and front door glass, and an acoustic windshield.
High-end features found on high-tier trims include platinum side roof rails, bi-xenon HID headlamps, an optional dual-pane panoramic sunroof, exterior mirrors with memory and integrated turn signals, tow hooks, a roof rack, a power liftgate, rock rails, and a rain-sensitive windshield wiper. Select trims come with their usual aesthetics, such as a “Trail Rated” badge on the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk trim, or a blacked-out hood decal. Wheel sizes range from 17-20 inches, and consumers may have up to nine color choices for the paint job.
The interior of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee follows a similar pattern to the availability of features in the exterior, but this year has some nice features standard. These include the usual 60/40 split-fold rear seat, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, luxury front and rear floor mats, a rear view day/night mirror, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. In terms of upholstery, cloth is the standard for the Grand Cherokee Laredo and Laredo E trims; then it’s leather the rest of the way.
Comfort and convenient features like heated front seats start out as an option on the Grand Cherokee Laredo E, but ventilated seats are held back until the Grand Cherokee Overland trim. An active noise control system starts as an option on the Altitude, but an auto-dimming rearview mirror and heated steering wheel can be found on the Altitude trim going forward. Personal aesthetic features such as a wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel and red seat belts are available options on select trims.
Stop the presses, Jeep actually put the Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen as the lineup standard for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This system comes with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities. Integrated voice command with Bluetooth is also included, and a 6-speaker system is the standard for all trims from the Grand Cherokee Laredo to the Grand Cherokee Limited. Past that is a nine-speaker amplified system with a subwoofer, and there is a 19-speaker Harman Kardon system on the Grand Cherokee Summit, an optional upgrade on the Grand Cherokee Overland, High Altitude, SRT, and Trackhawk.
Select trims may opt-in for an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 4C navigation. Add-ons to look for would be a rear seat video system, a rear seat dual screen Blu-ray/DVD player, and a Blu-ray compatible dual screen video system. SiriusXM Satellite Radio comes include with a 1-year radio subscription.
Safety Features and Warranty
Made for going off-road, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has great safety features like 4-wheel traction control, active head-restraints, a 3-point center rear seat belt, advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front-mounted, rear and side-curtain airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, child seat tethers, and stability systems. For convenience, the Jeep Grand Cherokee also comes with an enhanced accident response system, keyless enter ‘n go, a ParkView backup camera, remote proximity keyless entry, and a Sentry key theft deterrent system. Advanced available safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop, blind spot and cross path detection, full-speed forward collision warning plus autonomous brakes, LaneSense lane departure warning plus lane keep assist, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a starting MSRP of $30,595 (plus destination fee). All Jeep vehicles are protected by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.