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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee finishes in the middle of our midsize SUV rankings. This is one of the best off-roaders in the class, and it has a comfortable, upscale interior. However, its poor predicted reliability rating keeps it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road capabilities
  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Upscale cabin
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Small cargo space
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

New for 2017

  • New Trailhawk trim
  • Rearview camera and rear parking sensors now standard

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee's #13 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 66 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.2
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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overview

Is the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a good SUV. It's powerful and capable, both on and off the road. The interior looks great and feels upscale, there's plenty of room in both rows of seats, and the infotainment system is easy to use.

This Jeep comes up short in terms of practicality, though. The Grand Cherokee has relatively limited cargo space and a poor reliability rating, and it’s typically priced higher than rivals. It’s also one of the few SUVs in this class with two rows of seats instead of three.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 66 Jeep Grand Cherokee reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Our site has nearly 3,000 listings for the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The average price is $32,100, but list prices range from $25,000 to $43,000, depending on the model. Prices vary based on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Cost to Own?

Over a five-year period, you can expect to spend about $27,000 for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. These estimates are lower for rivals like the Toyota 4Runner ($24,900) and Nissan Murano ($24,100), but you would likely spend a bit more for the Honda Pilot ($27,700).

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

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee starts at $30,695 and tops out north of $86,000. With 11 trim variations and a wide range of available features, matching a used 2017 model to a new model is tricky. Still, buying a used 2017 Grand Cherokee will likely save you money (prices range from $25,000 to $43,000). The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts several newly standard features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen display. There’s also a new Trailhawk trim. These are the only notable differences between the model years, so unless you simply can’t live without these additions, you’re better off with the 2017 model.

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A used 2017 Grand Cherokee has a higher average price than several 2018 midsize SUVs. The 2018 Kia Sorento starts at $25,900. It’s one of our top-ranked SUVs, and we named it our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money. It features an attractive, roomy, and hushed interior that has a user-friendly infotainment system. Additionally, the Sorento has good gas mileage and a long warranty. The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe ($24,950) is another option, offering a lengthy warranty of its own, along with zippy acceleration and good fuel economy. Still, none of these rivals offers the Grand Cherokee’s off-roading abilities.

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Which Model Year of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Is Best?

The 2017 Grand Cherokee is part of a generation that began with the 2011 model year. Models from 2015 and earlier might save you money, but we don’t recommend them. The 2016 Grand Cherokee got a bump in engine power, better fuel economy, an engine stop-start system, lighter suspension components, and a new shifter. The 2017 Grand Cherokee gained a standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors, making it the best of the bunch.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2017 Grand Cherokee has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee has three reported recalls. They address various problems, including the cruise control failing to deactivate when prompted, a possible brake fluid leak, and a loose tow hook. Make sure these are addressed before buying.

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Which Used Jeep Grand Cherokee Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in six major trims: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and SRT. The base Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo comes with an impressive number of features that include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity-key entry, and push-button start. The standard Uconnect infotainment system comes with a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a USB port.

While that’s an impressive number of standard features, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited is the better trim to purchase. It adds a number of appealing convenience and luxury features, including a household-style power outlet, a power-adjustable passenger’s seat, memory settings for the front seats and sideview mirrors, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, satellite radio, a power liftgate, two USB ports, and remote start. It’s also available with several features not offered in the base model, including the upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with a larger screen, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

However, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is the lowest trim you should purchase if you plan to do a good amount of off-roading. It comes with four-wheel drive, a limited-slip differential, five traction-control settings, and an air suspension.

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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 2017 Grand Cherokee in its standard rear-wheel-drive configuration earned an overall rating of four stars out of five from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received five stars in frontal and side crash tests and three stars in the rollover evaluation. The four-wheel-drive model earned a five-star overall rating, as well as five stars in frontal and side crash tests. It received four stars in the rollover crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Grand Cherokee the highest rating of Good in four safety evaluations. It received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver’s side small overlap test. It earned the lowest rating of Poor in the passenger’s side front overlap test.  

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors come standard. Additional available safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2017 Toyota 4Runner?

For everyday driving, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is more practical than the Toyota 4Runner. The 4Runner’s driving dynamics and performance features cater more to those seeking off-road adventures. Its ride isn’t very comfortable on paved roads, but its suspension is capable of tackling a variety of terrain types. On the other hand, the Grand Cherokee has a comfortable ride. It also has a nicer interior and more optional features.

Which Is Better: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2017 Dodge Durango?

Compared to the Dodge Durango, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the better SUV overall – unless you need seven-passenger seating. The Durango has third-row seating, which makes it a more appealing option for large families. However, the Grand Cherokee has higher safety scores and better-quality cabin materials.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance

How Does the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Drive?

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 295 horsepower. Power output is satisfactory for the typical daily commutes, and the standard eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth. A 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine is available, but it’s noisy and hesitant at low speeds. A 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine is also available. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available.

On both paved roads and rugged surfaces, the Grand Cherokee remains composed and comfortable. It also has confidence-inspiring steering and cornering ability. 

Does the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the base 2017 Grand Cherokee returns 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is on par with competitors’ estimates. With available four-wheel drive, city and highway mileage drops by 1 mpg. The available V8 engine returns 13-14 mpg in the city and 19-22 mpg on the highway, depending on the drivetrain.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Towing Capacity

The base rear-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee can tow up to 6,200 pounds, and the diesel model can tow up to 7,400 pounds. When equipped with four-wheel drive and the available V8 engine, the Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,200 pounds.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Seat?

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has two rows and seating for five. Whether you’re in the front or rear, the seats provide plenty of space and support, even for lengthy drives. From the base model to the top trim, the Grand Cherokee’s cabin features first-rate materials and excellent fit and finish.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The second row has complete sets of upper and lower LATCH connectors in the outboard seats, and the middle seat has an upper tether connection. This LATCH system earned the second-worst score of Marginal from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The anchors are recessed too deep in the seats, and it’s easy to confuse LATCH hardware with other nearby hardware.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a USB port.

Available features include an satellite radio, an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, a second USB port, an Alpine nine-speaker audio system, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a household-style power outlet, a rear dual-screen DVD/Blu-ray entertainment system, remote start, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. Available safety features including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, parking assist, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The base Uconnect infotainment system is user-friendly and has straightforward menus. The upgraded system features crisp graphics and allows more control of the vehicle features via the touch screen.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Dimensions

Jeep Grand Cherokee Cargo Space

Measuring 68.3 cubic feet, the Grand Cherokee’s cargo hold is smaller than average for the class. 

2017 Grand Cherokee Length and Weight

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is about 15.8 feet long. Its gross vehicle weight ranges from 6,500 pounds to 6,800 pounds, depending on the model.  

Where Was the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Built?

Jeep assembled the 2017 Grand Cherokee in Michigan.

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