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7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.9
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features a luxurious cabin and excellent off-roading capability. It also has the lowest possible reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious cabin
  • Great off-road capability
  • Diesel engine’s excellent fuel economy
  • Poor reliability
  • Low mileage from gas engines

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overview

Is the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee provides a pleasant on-road experience and has legendary off-road capability. Its cabin is upscale and its handling is solid. For these reasons and more, we named it the 2014 Best 2-Row SUV for Families. Be aware, however, that its reliability score is the lowest a vehicle can earn, which makes it tough to recommend.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee has a 290-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. A turbodiesel V6 engine and two V8 engines ranging in power from 240 to 470 horsepower are available. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models. All-wheel drive, which is great for bad weather and dirt roads, comes in the base model.  The Grand Cherokee is available with a number of systems for off-roading. Two off-road four-wheel-drive systems are available depending on your traction needs. Look for Grand Cherokees with Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II. These systems include drive modes that improve grip on a variety of terrain conditions. The Grand Cherokee has good handling on pavement. Fuel economy ranges from a low 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway with the 6.4-liter V8, up to an excellent 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Properly equipped, the Grand Cherokee can tow anywhere from 6,200 to 7,400 pounds.

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The 2-row 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee seats five comfortably. Cloth seats are standard, and leather is available. High-quality materials line the interior. Back-seat room for taller passengers is satisfactory. Dash controls are well-placed and within easy reach of the driver. There are three full LATCH anchors and tethers in the second row for connecting child safety seats.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system, which includes a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch touch screen. A sunroof, satellite radio, navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, HD Radio, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and an 8.4-inch touch screen are available.

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Used 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Prices

The price of a used 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee ranges from about $20,500 for a base Laredo model to around $43,200 for an SRT model. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a reliability score of two out of five from J.D. Power and Associates – the lowest score possible for any vehicle. Poor reliability is a common issue with many used Jeep vehicles.

How Safe Is the Grand Cherokee?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2014 Grand Cherokee four out of five stars in overall crash test safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not rate the 2014 Grand Cherokee. Standard safety features include all-speed traction control and electronic stability control (ESC) for better vehicle handling both on- and off-road. Grand Cherokees also feature standard trailer-sway control for safer towing.

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Should I Consider Another Used Grand Cherokee?

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is part of the SUV’s fourth generation, which launched in 2011 and includes the 2017 model. These SUVs share common interior space and exterior size specifications. Over the years, however, there have been considerable changes to the number of features and types of engines offered. You can buy a 2013 model to save money, but you won’t get features like keyless start, Bluetooth, brake assist, and an automatic transmission with manual mode, which were new for the 2014 model.

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Which Used Grand Cherokee Model Is Right for Me?

There are six Grand Cherokee trims: the base rear-wheel-drive Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland, Summit, and high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Standard features include push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The Overland is a good model if you want a feature-rich, luxurious daily driver. It has a standard 8.4-inch touch screen with voice-recognition navigation, heated and cooled power front seats, and front and rear leather seating.

The Limited meets the need for off-roading when equipped with four-wheel drive. It comes with Quadra-Trac II, which includes features like hill descent control and Selec-Terrain. The latter allows you to adjust the vehicle for a variety of off-road surfaces.

Given the Grand Cherokee’s low reliability score, you may want to spend a bit more money to get a certified pre-owned model. For certified pre-owned Jeep 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.

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We Did the Research for You: 55 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We’ve researched 55 data points in order to help you make the best car buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash tests, expert reviews, and fuel economy estimates.

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U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars for a decade, and we have more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Other SUVS to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2014 Ford Edge?

The 2014 Ford Edge is no off-roader, but it’s a better day-to-day SUV. The Edge is a much more reliable vehicle than the Grand Cherokee. It has front-wheel drive paired with a standard V6 engine, which gets better fuel economy than the Grand Cherokee. An even more fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available. The Ford has poised handling and top-notch cabin materials. All-wheel drive is available, which improves traction when the weather turns bad. The Edge was our 2014 Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2014 Nissan Murano?

The 2014 Nissan Murano can’t match the Jeep’s off-road ruggedness. In every other respect, however, the Murano is the better choice. The Nissan has agile handling and strong acceleration from its standard V6. It also has a luxurious cabin, supportive seats, and above-average reliability.

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2014 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2014 Toyota 4Runner is a very good off-road vehicle. It’s also more reliable than the Grand Cherokee. On road, it’s no match for the Jeep; it suffers from a bouncy ride and sluggish acceleration. The 4Runner has just one engine: a 270-horsepower V6. It’s better than the base Grand Cherokee’s engine, but not as strong as the Jeep’s available engines. Overlook the hard plastic interior – which is better for off-road cleanup – and focus on the reliability difference. The 4Runner’s the better bet if you’re serious about getting in the mud and don’t want to be on a first-name basis with your mechanic.

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