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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers some of the best on- and off-road performance among midsize SUVs, as well as one of the best interiors in the class. It ranks in the middle of the pack, however, because of its poor reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-roading capability
  • Comfortable interior with lots of features
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Small cargo area for the class
  • Below-average fuel economy with the gas engine
  • Poor reliability rating

New for 2015

  • Summit and SRT trims received standard active noise cancellation system

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee's #12 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2015 Best 2-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.2
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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overview

Is the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee has all the features of a good affordable midsize SUV, except good reliability. It has a luxurious interior, a comfortable ride (regardless of where the road takes you), and a user-friendly infotainment system. It compares favorably against more expensive luxury midsize SUVs, but it has above-average predicted operating costs.

Why You Can Trust Us

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 59 professional evaluations for this 2015 Grand Cherokee review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage our advertising.

How Much Is the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Based on nearly 5,200 listings on our site, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee ranges in price from about $21,000 to roughly $53,700. The average price is around $26,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Grand Cherokee are estimated at about $29,427. That’s well above average for an affordable midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Grand Cherokee?

The 2019 Grand Cherokee starts at about $31,700, which is around $5,100 more than the average price of a used 2015 Grand Cherokee. With the Grand Cherokee’s history of below-average reliability ratings, you might be better off buying a 2019 model for the new-car warranty. The 2019 Grand Cherokee has more standard features than the 2015 model, including active safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Other standard features in the new Grand Cherokee include a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a base V6 engine with slightly more horsepower, improved fuel economy, and a stop-start system.

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If you want a less expensive new Jeep, you might want to consider a 2018 Jeep Wrangler (MSRP: $23,995 to $41,445). The Wrangler matches the 2015 Grand Cherokee’s off-road capabilities, and it has a tighter turning radius and offers a soft top for open-air driving. However, it can’t match the Grand Cherokee’s on-road qualities, including the larger Jeep’s more refined ride. The Grand Cherokee also offers keyless entry, as well as far more back-seat space and cargo room.

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Which Model Year of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Is Best?

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is part of the SUV’s fourth generation, which launched for 2011 and includes the 2019 model year. There are few differences between the 2014 and 2015 models, so you might consider a 2014 Grand Cherokee to save some money. However, the 2016 Grand Cherokee with the base V6 engine received an updated design, a slight horsepower increase, improved fuel economy, and an engine stop-start system. The 2016 model is great choice, even though it will probably cost you more than the 2015 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee has the lowest-possible reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Grand Cherokee has six open recalls. The recalls address the following issues: the inability to cancel cruise control in some models, the transmission may show that it is in park when it is not, a supercharger bracket that may damage the ABS line, a front left brake caliper that may break, a rear lower control arm that could fracture, and radio software security vulnerabilities. Make sure these issues have been addressed before purchasing a used 2015 Grand Cherokee.

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Which Used Jeep Grand Cherokee Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Grand Cherokee comes in six trims: Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland, Summit, and Grand Cherokee SRT. The base Laredo includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touch screen, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and paddle shifters. The Laredo E adds satellite radio and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The Limited has leather-trimmed seats, heated front and rear seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a power liftgate, and a rearview camera. A 360-horsepower V8 engine and a diesel V6 engine are available in Limited trims and higher.

The Overland trim is more opulent than lower trims, offering premium leather upholstery, wood trim, ventilated front seats, a nine-speaker audio system, an 8.4-inch touch screen, a navigation system with voice recognition, and additional steering wheel controls.

The Summit trim features a 19-speaker premium audio system, open-pore wood trim, and active noise cancellation inside the cabin. The high-performance SRT trim includes all the active safety features available for the Grand Cherokee, as well as a standard 475-horsepower V8 engine. For the best combination of luxury and comfort, we recommend the Limited trim.

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What Does Jeep's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jeep offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jeep extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Jeep has one of the worst CPO programs in the industry. Only Volkswagen offers a worse program.

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How Safe Is the Grand Cherokee?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee the top score of Good in four out of five crash tests. The Grand Cherokee earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the four-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee five out of five stars overall. The rear-wheel-drive model earned four stars overall because of its lower rollover crash test score.

The base Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer much in the way of active standard safety features. Available advanced safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning with crash mitigation, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.

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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2015 Nissan Murano?

The 2015 Nissan Murano’s interior rivals the high quality of the Grand Cherokee’s, but the Nissan lacks the Jeep’s off-road chops. However, the Murano has higher safety and reliability scores. The Murano is the better choice, unless you plan on doing any sort of off-roading.

Which Is Better: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2015 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2015 Toyota 4Runner measures up to the Grand Cherokee’s off-road capabilities with its available part-time four-wheel drive or full-time four-wheel drive in the Limited trim. Some trims also feature a locking rear differential and better approach and departure angles. On road, though, and the Jeep is the better choice. The 4Runner’s interior is utilitarian, and its on-pavement handling lags well behind the Grand Cherokee’s. The 4Runner has a better reliability rating than the Grand Cherokee, but the Jeep is the better SUV.

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2015 Grand Cherokee Performance

How Does the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Drive?

When equipped with one of the three available four-wheel-drive systems, the Grand Cherokee handles well on demanding off-road courses. The Grand Cherokee also has a comfortable, quiet ride and composed handling on road. Its small turning radius makes it easy to maneuver on the street or the trail. If you plan on traversing challenging trails, look for a used model with the Quadra-Lift air suspension system to gain extra ground clearance.

The Grand Cherokee comes standard with a 290-horsepower V6 engine. The Grand Cherokee is also available with a 240-horsepower diesel V6 and a 360-horsepower V8. For potent performance, the Grand Cherokee SRT comes with a 475-horsepower V8 and four-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with all engines.

Does the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine, the 2015 Grand Cherokee returns an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. With four-wheel drive, the highway estimate drops to 24 mpg. The 360-horsepower V8 has an EPA rating of 14/22 mpg city/highway. When equipped with four-wheel drive, its highway estimate drops to 20 mpg. The SRT V8, only available with four-wheel-drive, has an EPA rating of 13/19 mpg city/highway. With the diesel engine, the Grand Cherokee returns 22/30 mpg, which is excellent for the class.

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2015 Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,400 pounds.

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2015 Grand Cherokee Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Grand Cherokee Seat?

The 2015 Grand Cherokee seats five people in two rows on standard cloth seats. The Grand Cherokee has one of the finest interiors in the midsize SUV class, and some models add luxury-grade niceties like leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, and ventilated front seats. The Grand Cherokee's front seats are comfortable and supportive for long trips, and the back seat offers ample legroom and headroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2015 Grand Cherokee has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system a Marginal rating (the second lowest) for its ease of use. Other hardware can be confused with the tether anchors, lower anchors are too deep in the seats, and it's difficult to maneuver around the lower anchors.

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features

The Grand Cherokee comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and the Uconnect infotainment system, which includes a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth. Available features include a USB port, a nine-speaker audio system or a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, Uconnect with an 8.4-inch touch screen, remote start, active noise cancellation, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system. The infotainment interface was one of the easiest to use when the Grand Cherokee debuted, and all the cabin controls (both on the screen and off) are convenient and straightforward.

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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Dimensions

Jeep Grand Cherokee Cargo Space

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee has 36.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and up to 68.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Grand Cherokee's overall cargo space is small for the class.

2015 Grand Cherokee Length and Weight

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee measures 15.8 feet long in the standard model and 15.9 feet in the SRT trim. The Grand Cherokee’s curb weight ranges from 4,545 to 5,393 pounds, while the gross vehicle weight rating goes from 6,500 to 6,800 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Built?

Jeep built the 2015 Grand Cherokee in Michigan.

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