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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

The used 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee does well in our rankings. It rides well on the road and can tackle most off-road challenges. The Grand Cherokee also has one of the nicest interiors in the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride, especially with available air suspension
  • Great off-road capabilities
  • First-rate interior
  • Lackluster fuel economy

Rankings & Awards

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee's #10 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2013 Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for Families award. Currently the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 46 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 8.6
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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overview

Is the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee a Good Used SUV?

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a good used SUV. It has a strong base V6 engine, as well as two powerful available V8s. The Grand Cherokee also handles well for a midsize SUV. It has an above-average ownership cost, but the Jeep’s interior is filled with nicer-than-average materials. We named the Grand Cherokee our 2013 Best 2-Row SUV for Families.

Used 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance and Interior

The base rear-wheel-drive 2013 Grand Cherokee has a 290-horsepower V6 engine matched to a five-speed automatic transmission. There is also an available 360-horsepower V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic. For even more power, Jeep offers a performance-oriented SRT model, which generates 470 horsepower. The Grand Cherokee handles well. When properly equipped with various packages, the Grand Cherokee has outstanding off-road capabilities. These packages add features like adjustable suspensions, abundant ground clearance, and various traction modes. The Jeep also has comfortable ride quality.

The Grand Cherokee’s fuel economy ranges from an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway down to 12/18 mpg city/highway (with the V8 SRT8).

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The 2013 Grand Cherokee seats five. Both rows of seats are supportive and comfortable, and they offer good legroom. Cloth seats come standard, but leather seats are available. There are also available heated first- and second-row seats, as well as cooled front seats. The Grand Cherokee has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second-row outboard seats and a middle-seat tether anchor.

Among the interior features in the Grand Cherokee are a six-speaker stereo, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Available features include a voice-activated navigation system with Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The audio and climate controls are easy to use and well-placed.

The Grand Cherokee trails other midsize SUVs when it comes to cargo space. It has just 68.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded and 35.1 cubic feet when the second-row seats are up.

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Used 2013 Grand Cherokee Prices

The price of a used 2013 Grand Cherokee ranges from about $17,300 to $37,900. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 46 Reviews Analyzed

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 46 professional evaluations for this 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2013 Grand Cherokee has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is considered average for the auto industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the Grand Cherokee?

The 2013 Grand Cherokee earned four out of five stars in overall safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side impact test (four-wheel-drive models). The rear-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee earned three stars in the rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Grand Cherokee a Top Safety Pick. The Jeep earned the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and rear crash tests. It received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front crash test. A rearview camera, front park assist, rear park assist, blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and rear cross traffic alert are available in some Grand Cherokees.

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Is the 2013 Grand Cherokee the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee is part of a generation that launched with the 2011 model year. Over the course of the generation, the Grand Cherokee has received various package upgrades and new trims. You’ll probably save money by choosing a 2012 Grand Cherokee instead; its equipment is similar to what you’ll find in the 2013 model, but it lacks the Trailhawk trim. The 2011 Grand Cherokee is probably even cheaper, but it has the previous generation’s five-speed automatic transmission, which isn’t as fuel-efficient as the six-speed automatic transmission in the 2012 Grand Cherokee. It also lacks the SRT model.

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Which Used Grand Cherokee Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in six trims: Laredo, Limited, Overland, Overland Summit, Trailhawk, and SRT. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo has limited features, including dual-zone temperature control, keyless entry, cloth seats, and six-speaker stereo system. The Limited adds features like remote start and heated first- and second-row leather-trimmed seats. The Overland trim has a power liftgate, cooled front seats, and Uconnect with navigation. The Overland Summit adds tow hooks, front park assist, and 20-inch bright polished aluminum wheels. The Trailhawk – designed for off-roading – has a four-wheel-drive system, hill descent control, an air suspension system to adjust ground clearance, skid plates, and full-size spare. In addition to its powerful 6.4-liter V8, the SRT has a Selec-Trac adaptive damping system with track, sport, auto, snow, and tow modes, as well as an electronic limited-slip rear differential, a heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, forward collision warning, and rear cross traffic alert. The Laredo is bare-bones for the segment, so you’ll want to start at the Limited trim level.

Even with the Grand Cherokee’s average reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For certified pre-owned Chrysler vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully. The Grand Cherokee’s original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Grand Cherokee and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2013 Ford Explorer?

The 2013 Ford Explorer ranks better for safety than the Grand Cherokee, and it also has considerably more cargo space – 80.7 cubic feet compared with the Jeep’s 68.7 cubic feet. However, the Grand Cherokee has the better-crafted interior and more luxurious materials. The Jeep is also the better off-road vehicle. The Explorer’s lowest-possible reliability rating makes the Jeep the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2013 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2013 Toyota 4Runner and Grand Cherokee are peers when it comes to off-road capabilities. However, on the road, the 4Runner lags. This makes the Grand Cherokee the better choice. The 4Runner is a heavy vehicle that doesn’t handle well, and its interior is focused more on functionality than the more luxurious Grand Cherokee. The Jeep also has a more comfortable passenger cabin.

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