Description: The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 4-door, 5-passenger sport-utility, available in 6 trims, ranging from the Laredo 4X2 to the Overland 4X4.
The Laredo 4X2 is equipped with a standard 3.6-liter, V6, 290-horsepower, flexible fuel engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 23-mpg on the highway. The Overland 4X4 is equipped with a standard 3.6-liter, V6, 290-horsepower, flexible fuel engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 22-mpg on the highway.
Year / Model Reviewed: 2008 Grand Cherokee Limite4d
Strengths: The technology in this vehicle is amazing. The windshield wipers are automatic; and not only does it tells you that the tire pressure is low but also gives you the actual values for each tire!
Weaknesses: Its small. The DVD obstructs the rear view. Back seat okay for small child. Difficult for three adults or even one adult seated next to a car seat. We have one two year old but will likely have to trade this vehicle in should we decide to extend our family.
Summary: Quite impressed with all the amenities to include bluetooth, Navigation, DVD, rear parking camera, hard drive, etc. However I believe the engine to be louder than past SUV's I have owned not to mention much smaller. If you are looking for a roomy vehicle (something similiar to a Durango) this is not the vehicle for you. The rear seating is quite cramped and the overall feel of the vehicle is more like a car and not an SUV. Having traded in a 2004 Durango for it, I personally have not experienced massive savings at the pump.
If I had to do again, I would not purchase this vehicle.
Similar Products Used: 2004 Dodge Durango, 1995 Ford Explorer, 2001 Chevy Tracker
Rating Reviewed by: Dave Naatz(Unregistered User)
Review Date November 17, 2007
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Value Rating 4 of 5
Used product for Less than 1 month
Visitors rate this review 4.89 of 5,
Review 4 of 633
from Adamson Motors, Roch
Year / Model Reviewed: 2007 Jeep Gr Cherokee Laredo 4WD 4.7L V8
Strengths: Nice ride, 4.7 has plenty of power and OK MPG.
Easy to drive/manuever with smaller turning radius and good visibility including parking.
LIFETIME POWERTRAIN WARRANTY.
Excellent value as deals on 07s with good dealer cash or rebates (appears to be spilling over to 08s since there are a lot of SUVs on the lot due to $3/gal gas).
Weaknesses: MPG, ok, but could be better.
Frequent 15k mi differential, 30k mi transfer case and 30k mi plug changes (100k mi coolant however)pushes high costs of ownership like other truck SUVs (CUVs better) and drops resale, only a factor if you plan to trade in < 5 years.
Summary: We bought a loaded Jeep Gr Cherokee Laredo 4WD with the X package (heated leather seats, sunroof, remote start, hi power radio, etc). We got the 4.7L V8 since it has higher torque to tow and MPG is not much worse the the V6. (We sold our 01 Gr Cherokee to our son, the Inline 6 cylinder engine had better torque than the new V6).
So we were familiar with JGCs already: the new body styles from 05 on are much better highway rides, quieter, with more room inside. EG, I could not fit in the 01 with a sunroof so we skipped that but the new 07 w/sunroof I have an inch to spare.
MPG was a concern with a V8 but in first 500 miles am getting 15mpg in town and 21 on highway, just like EPA sticker (ours will take E85 ethanol, common in midwest, we will probably try it next spring since it's not supposed to start/run as well in cold winter temps). The lifetime warranty and resonably priced extended warranty was attractive as well since we tend to drive our vehicles 10 years or more. However Jeeps do require frequent drivetrain fluid maintenance much of it like transfer case and differentials are under vehicle, hard to reach (the engine belts, plugs, filters, battery, cooling system however are very accessable and look relatively easy to service).
Strengths: Fit and finish is very good. The ride is smooth yet firm, more like a car than an SUV. Looks nice.
Weaknesses: Gas mileage is horrendously bad!
Summary: We have the 4.7L V8 Flex Fuel motor Laredo, and got a good deal on it used. However, the gas mileage on this vehicle is heinously bad (about 13 mpg), and there are huge, dangerous 'blind spots' on the two front pillars where the windshield meets the dashboard. The ride is smooth and firm, and fit and finish are otherwise OK. If we had known the mileage would be so terrible, we would not have bought the vehicle. This is a prime reason why foreign made vehicle have surpassed American ones. While other same sized SUV's are 6 cylinders, and get 19 to 22 mpg, this gas guzzler has 8, and gets 13 mpg. Why couldn't Chrysler/Jeep have done the same?