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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a score of 7.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 73 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 8.6
Reliability:
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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers plenty of performance, both on and off the road, and it features a comfortable interior. However, it finishes in the bottom half of the class rankings because its safety and predicted reliability scores trail many competitors'.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding off-road ability
  • Powerful engines
  • Handsome, comfortable cabin
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Mixed crash test results
  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

New for 2018

  • Added Grand Cherokee Trackhawk trim
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became standard
  • 7-inch touch screen became standard

Is the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a pretty good used SUV. It's incredibly well-rounded, as it's both more athletic and more upscale than many of its competitors. Those traits make this is an SUV that anyone can appreciate. However, it also has some notable shortcomings, so make sure you test-drive this Jeep and consider some competitors before making a final decision.

The Grand Cherokee offers some impressive strengths:

  • Multiple four-wheel-drive systems
  • Potent V6 base engine and three powerful, available V8s
  • Offers a turbodiesel, unlike most class rivals
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system with a customizable home screen
  • Stylish interior that features plenty of soft-touch materials
  • Several available active safety features

Though it also has some weaknesses:

  • Less cargo space than many class rivals, and a high cargo liftover height
  • Crash test results are a mixed bag
  • Receives a below-average predicted reliability rating
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Jeep Grand Cherokee review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 73 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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

How Much Is the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

There are about 1,700 listings for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee on our site, with an average list price of $32,300. Prices range from $26,600 to $42,800 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Cost to Own?

The 2018 Grand Cherokee’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $26,535, or $5,307 per year. That’s above average for a midsize SUV.

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

The current Grand Cherokee generation began with the 2011 model year. The 2019 Grand Cherokee is almost identical to the 2018 model. The new Grand Cherokee comes standard with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, which were optional in 2018, but beyond that, there aren't any major changes. Pricing for a new Grand Cherokee starts a bit under $32,000, and it can climb into the mid-$80,000s.

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The 2018 Grand Cherokee received some important updates. Jeep added the range-topping Trackhawk trim to the lineup and added Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen to the standard features list. These were optional features, if they were available at all, in previous models. The 2017 model saw the debut of the Trailhawk trim and the Grand Cherokee's first standard driver assistance features: a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. The 2016 Grand Cherokee rolled off the line with a more powerful base V6 engine and suspension, as well as steering updates for the non-SRT trims.

You can potentially save yourself thousands of dollars by shopping for an older Grand Cherokee model, but you could be missing out on the mechanical and technological updates made in more recent years.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

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

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalls

At the time of writing, six safety recalls have been issued for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

  • Floor mat may trap accelerator pedal (two recalls)
  • Voltage regulator may fail and cause the SUV to stall
  • Cruise control cannot be cancelled in some models
  • Some models may have incorrect transmission park rods installed
  • Fuel line separation may cause fire

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Jeep Grand Cherokee Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in seven trims: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. For many buyers, the Laredo and Limited trims will do just fine. Both come with a nice assortment of features, and they're less expensive than the higher trims. The Limited not only comes with additional tech features, but it's available with V8 and turbodiesel powertrains for those who want to move beyond the base V6.

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo: The base Grand Cherokee Laredo comes with the Uconnect 4 infotainment interface, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, voice command, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited: Swanky upgrades in the Grand Cherokee Limited include heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, two additional USB ports, satellite radio, a 115-volt power outlet, and a power liftgate.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk: Standout features of the adventure-ready Grand Cherokee Trailhawk include the Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system, five traction-control settings, the Quadra-Lift air suspension system, and a limited-slip differential. Leather and suede seat upholstery, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, an 8.4-inch touch screen, heated and ventilated front seats, and a tow hitch with rear-leveling suspension are also standard.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: The athletic Grand Cherokee SRT comes with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine, launch control, performance-tuned brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, and the Quadra-Trac Active On Demand four-wheel-drive system.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is basically a Hellcat trim for the Grand Cherokee. It boasts a 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter engine and can reach 60 mph from a dead stop in 3.5 seconds. Performance upgrades like a Bilstein adaptive suspension system and a high-performance Brembo brake system add to its street cred. It also comes standard with the Quadra-Trac Active On Demand four-wheel-drive system, navigation, an 8.4-inch touch screen, and seats trimmed in Nappa leather and suede.

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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’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jeep extends the original new-car powertrain warranty 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.

Most other brands, including Subaru, Toyota, Chevrolet, and Ford, have more robust CPO programs than Jeep, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Grand Cherokee?

The 2018 Grand Cherokee received the highest rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests and a Marginal rating in the small overlap front test. Depending on the trim, the Grand Cherokee's headlights received an Acceptable or a Poor rating from the IIHS for how well they illuminate the road ahead. Properly equipped models earned a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a four-out-of-five-star overall rating, with four stars in the frontal crash test, five stars in the side crash test, and three stars in the rollover test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • blind spot monitoring
  • forward collision warning with active braking
  • automatic high beams
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • rear cross traffic alert

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2018 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is on the shortlist of midsize SUVs that rival the Grand Cherokee's off-road ability. The 4Runner can also seat up to seven people, and it has a much higher cargo capacity. In most other areas, however, the Jeep wins the day. It has more powertrain options (several of which are stronger than the 4Runner's lone available engine) and gets better fuel economy. The Grand Cherokee is also more upscale, comes with a larger infotainment screen, and offers more advanced safety features.

Which Is Better: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2018 Dodge Durango?

The 2018 Dodge Durango is another member of the Fiat Chrysler family. The Durango and Grand Cherokee offer several of the same powertrains, though the Dodge has no answer for the Jeep's turbodiesel or its 707-horsepower V8. The Durango also can't keep up with the Grand Cherokee away from the pavement. However, the Dodge can tow more. It also offers a third row of seats, unlike the Grand Cherokee. Finally, the Durango has significantly more cargo space. Really, this choice comes down to what your priorities are as an SUV owner.

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2018 Grand Cherokee Performance

How Does the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Drive?

The base engine moves the Grand Cherokee easily and provides good acceleration. The V8s all deliver decidedly better acceleration, with the Trackhawk’s 707-horsepower engine making the Grand Cherokee feel more like a sports car as it rushes off the line. With any engine, the Grand Cherokee rides smoothly, though there’s some body roll when going around turns.

This Jeep really shines when it's time to head away from the pavement. There are several helpful off-road features, including two four-wheel-drive options, a terrain selection tool (which adjusts driving dynamics to suit different situations), a limited-slip differential, skid plates, and more.

  • Base engine: 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
  • Available engines:
    • 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V8
    • 475-horsepower 6.4-liter V8
    • 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8
    • 240-horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: standard eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Get Good Gas Mileage?

This Jeep's fuel economy varies widely depending on which engine you get. The base V6's numbers are about average for the class, while the turbodiesel gets better gas mileage than most midsize SUVs. The V8 engines, on the other hand, get poor fuel economy.

  • V6, RWD: 19/26 mpg city/highway
  • V6, 4WD: 18/25 mpg
  • Turbodiesel, RWD: 22/30 mpg
  • Turbodiesel, 4WD: 21/28 mpg
  • 5.7-liter V8, 4WD: 14/22 mpg
  • 6.4 -liter V8, 4WD: 13/19 mpg
  • Supercharged V8, 4WD: 11/17 mpg
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Towing Capacity

The Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,400 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Grand Cherokee Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Grand Cherokee Seat?

The 2018 Grand Cherokee seats five people in two rows. This Jeep's interior looks great, and it's well-built. The spacious front seats are comfortable, particularly with the available leather upholstery. The rear seats have ample head- and legroom for adults.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • leather/suede, 100% leather, or Nappa leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2018 Grand Cherokee has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. It's not the easiest system to use. The tether anchors can be confused with other hardware, and the lower anchors are set deep in the seats. They're also difficult to maneuver around.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features

At the hub of the Grand Cherokee's interior technology is the Uconnect infotainment system. It's responsive and easy to use, and you can even customize the home screen with the buttons you want. It has a few occasional hiccups, but the positives more than outweigh those.

  • Standard infotainment features: the Uconnect 4 infotainment interface, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, and voice command
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, two additional USB ports, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a rear-seat dual-screen DVD/Blu-ray entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, and push-button start
  • Other available features: a 115-volt power outlet and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Dimensions

Jeep Grand Cherokee Cargo Space

The Grand Cherokee doesn't provide as much cargo space as many other midsize SUVs. It gives you 36.3 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 68.3 cubic feet with them folded. The base model, also has a high liftover height, making it harder to load large or heavy items.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 10 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,513 to 5,434 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,500 to 6,800 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Built?

Jeep built the Grand Cherokee in Michigan.

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