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  • Overview

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    The introduction of the third generation (WK) Jeep Grand Cherokee for the 2005 model year represented a shift in focus, away from the rigorous demands of off-road enthusiasts, and towards the refinement of the on-road experienced. Although seemingly counterintuitive to the Jeep philosophy, it was appropriate based on the Grand Cherokee’s association with luxury (as opposed to sports utility).

     

    In all fairness, the Used Grand Cherokee had always felt like a luxury offering, even before its (nearly) complete overhaul in 1999. From its powerful V8, four-wheel capabilities and rich, leather interior it made an immediate impression to those who can remember its introduction in 1992. But with that second generation refresh, customers began to enjoy a number of changes that felt even more centered around comfort. From increasing the dimensions of rear doors to allow for easier entry and exit, to the relocation of displays and controls for ease of use, the Grand Cherokee was evolving to embrace a broader customer base.

  • 2006

    A lifted 2006 Silver Used Jeep Grand Cherokee on desert hill

    Offered in three-time levels: the (base) Laredo, Limited and (then) newly-added Overland trim, the 2006 Laredo came equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 paired to the five-speed automatic transmission (standard on all trim levels). Producing 210 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque, the Laredo was a confident performer. And yet, the higher trim levels pumped those numbers up with equal confidence.

    Powered by a 4.7-liter V8, the Limited churned out 235 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, with the option of upgrading to the 5.7-liter V8 that came standard on the Overland. At 330 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque, there was no shortage of power assigned to these third generation offerings. And despite any perceived transition away from off-road capabilities, the Grand Cherokee’s 4WD performance never felt diminished. Even the Laredo (equipped standard with full-time AWD) offered an optional upgrade to the Quadra Trac II drivetrain, while the Limited had the option of upgrading to the Quadra-Drive II system (with a two-speed transfer case and electronic limited-slip differentials) that came standard on the Overland.

    That said, this second model year had reaffirmed Jeep’s success in improving the Grand Cherokee’s on-road handling in its third generation.

  • 2007

    Black 2007 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale in a parking lot

    Never content to rest on their laurels, Jeep injected the 2007 model year with some exciting new offerings. First the introduction of two new powertrain options, in (i) a flex-fuel variant of the 4.7-liter V8 and (ii) a 3.0-liter CRD (common-rail diesel) engine. In the wake of rising fuel prices, the former empowered drivers to use an alternative fuel called E85, which was a blend of ethanol and distilled-corn, intended as a more renewable option. The latter offered up to a 30% improvement in fuel economy while producing 215 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque.

    Most notable, however, was the introduction of the SRT8 trim, a high-end offering conceived to rival the likes of Porsche and BMW. Driven by a 6.1-liter Hemi 48, the SRT8 left nothing to spare with its 420 hp output, 420 lb-ft of torque and custom drivetrain (engineered to handle the powered up Grand Cherokee). Sprinting to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, the SRT8 certainly managed to grab its fair share of attention.

    Finally, 2007 brought upgraded safety features which earned it a perfect five-star rating in government front and side-impact testing. Side curtain airbags with roll-detection were complemented by the Grand Cherokee’s stability control and four-wheel antilock brakes. Offering safety, multiple powertrain options and 4WD capabilities all within an upscale luxury-inspired design, the 2007 Grand Cherokee had certainly hit a stride. That said…

  • 2008

    Green 2008 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee on rocky hill in the sunset

    The increase in available technologies served up a perfect opportunity to upgrade the Bluetooth-enabled Grand Cherokee’s amenities. Features such as a hard-drive-based navigation system and a rear camera would become far more standard but, combined with a strong (pre-info) entertainment system, made for a strong offering in 2008.

    The interior also enjoyed a refresh, receiving enhanced lighting and some new soft-touch material choices, including restyled leather and wood-grain surfaces.

  • 2009

    Red 2009 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in front of stone house

    The Grand Cherokee went largely unchanged for the 2009 model year, which is forgivable considering the pacing of upgrades that had been kept throughout the model years, prior. That said, Jeep would continue to update available technologies to ensure that the JGC stayed current in the wake of other midsize SUV and crossover offerings.

  • 2010

    Blue 2010 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in front of a lake and mountains

    Marking the end of the third generation, the most significant changes came in the form of refining the line for what was to come. Elimination of the Overland trim and discontinuation of the 4.7-liter V8 and diesel engine options would pave the way for what was to come

  • 2011

    Silver 2011 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in the desert at dusk

    Those who were upgrading from a 2010 model to a 2011 variation would find that the interior was completely revamped, as designers adorned the interior with high-quality leather and wood surfaces. Plus, with the inclusion of innovative technology, the Grand Cherokee was now one of the most sought-after vehicles in the entire industry.

     

    Of course, the SUV’s opulence wasn’t the only reason why the nameplate was so desirable. Engineers also did an admirable job of including several powerful engine offerings with the new Grand Cherokee, leading to unmatched power for drivers. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine was capable of cranking out an impressive 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while the hulking 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine managed to deliver 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque (for those seeking a smaller V8 experience, the 5.7-liter HEMI variation pumped out 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque). Plus, Jeep touted that their new engine offering also provided a considerable increase in fuel efficiency over the previous options (thanks in part to the new Fuel Saver Technology), saving owners some additional money at the gas pump.

     

    Clearly, critics and customers were impressed with the fourth-generation of the beloved Jeep Grand Cherokee. The SUV was listed as a “Best Buy” by Consumers Digest and “Truck of the Year” by the Detroit News. The vehicle also earned the distinction of being MSN Autos’ Safety SUV in America, and this was emphasized by the Top Safety Pick accolade from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • 2012

    Black 2012 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee parked on street next to tall grass

    The biggest addition to the 2012 model was the inclusion of a new six-speed automatic transmission, as well as a new power-assisted steering system. These two inclusions both had a positive influence of fuel efficiency, as the rear-wheel version of the V6-equipped Grand Cherokee delivers a 23-mile-per-gallon highway fuel efficiency. These are numbers that are rarely seen in this specific segment.

     

    Meanwhile, in pursuit of a lower price for their inexpensive base model, Jeep removed several notable features. Primarily, the power eight-way driver’s seat was eliminated, as were some of the higher-quality upholsteries.

  • 2013

    Closeup of a Black 2013 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee grille with red recovery hooks parked in mountain park

    Considering the success of the fourth-generation Wrangler during the nameplate’s first two years, the engineers kept the SUV pretty much the same for the 2013 model year. The brand did add a new off-roading variation to their list of offerings, and several of the trim options saw exterior modifications that revised the vehicle’s persona (for instance, the Trailhawk version now included rugged, athletic exterior accents).

  • 2014

    White 2014 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee parked on a mountain at dusk

    While the 2014 version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was classified as a new generation, engineers did revamp the nameplate. For starters, the brand offered a brand new 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine option that ultimately delivered 30 miles per gallon on the highway, one of the most impressive specs in the entire class. Of course, customers still had the ability to opt for the 3.6-liter, 5.7-liter, or 6.4-liter engines, which still managed to pump out a whole lot of power.

     

    Cosmetically, engineers included a number of new exterior amenities, including a new grille and headlamps. Depending on what specific trim you opted for, you’d also have the chance to capitalize on the Harman-Kardon premium surround sound system, as well as an 8.4-inch touch screen. There were also new paint colors and upholstery options, allowing these owners to truly customize their own ride.

  • 2015

    Black 2015 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee angled right parked outside

    Following some relatively drastic changes during the 2014 model year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee remained mostly identical in 2015. The majority of the changes to this particular model were cosmetic, and even then, the revamps solely impacted the various trims. For instance, customers could now opt for the California Edition appearance package, which added a number of high-quality amenities to the exterior (including a new grille and bezel).

     

    Meanwhile, the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that’s included in the Grand Cherokee SRT saw its power specs slightly boosted. Drivers could now anticipate 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which puts this particular variation of the model in their upper tier of powerful SUVs.

  • 2016

    Red 2016 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee profile parked in front of white chain link fence

    While the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s changes were mostly cosmetic, the majority of the 2016 model’s changes took place under the hood. For instance, the standard 3.6-liter V6 engine now cranked out more power, as owners could expect an incredible 295 horsepower (a boost over the 290 horsepower from previous models). Mechanically, engineers included an electric power steering unit, an aluminum suspension, new tires, and the brand’s innovative stop-start technology.

     

    Those who opted for the SRT variation would see the addition of a new gauge, which displays important information right in front of the driver. Meanwhile, the new-and-improved Performance Pages system allows these drivers to choose from a number of different driving modes, meaning their SUV can adapt to any type of road conditions.

  • 2017

    Black 2017 Used Jeep Grand Cherokee driving on the rural road

    While it’s unlikely that you’re going to find a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee currently sitting on a dealership’s lot, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Who knows, in the upcoming months, owners could start trading in this specific nameplate for a newer edition.

     

    Either way, this particular version of the famed SUV includes several minor changes to individual trims. For instances, the brand unveiled their new Trailhawk model, which included a number of amenities that boost the vehicle’s off-roading prowess. Meanwhile, the Laredo saw the addition of a rear camera, which helps reduce the chance of pesky fender benders.

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