Most high-end SUVs now offer All-Wheel-Drive.   And for increased traction in rain or snow, these are great systems.

But for really playin’ in the mud…for towing your bikes or kayaks down miles of muddy roads…or for real estate agents who have to occasionally go into the “wild”, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is still the real deal.

You can opt for Jeep’s famous “Select Terrain” traction-control system…giving you five modes to choose from…including snow, mud, sand and rock.   Plus Jeep’s Quadra-Lift offers different five height settings.

If you really need to go off road….and occasionally way off road, the Jeep Grand Cherokee should get you there and back with little drama.

Now…as to the level of luxury getting there and back….that depends upon the depth of your wallet.

The six is a solid performer, and is rated at 17 city /24 hwy mpg.    We averaged just a hair over 20.

If you feel like you need more “GO”, a 5.7 liter V-8 is available….and if you’re looking for up to 30 hwy mpg, Jeep offers a new 3-liter, six cylinder diesel.    Like all diesels, it’ll give you surprising off-the-line torque….more than you’d expect from just 6 cylinders.

Now….for those with a serious need for speed, Jeep also offers a 6.4 liter SRT version of the Grand Cherokee that’ll put you into the mid $60’s, but like all SRTs, those’ll be rather limited-production models.

You can step into a Grand Cherokee Laredo for a little as $30,994.   You’ll have a 3.6 liter V-6 with a new 8…yes…8-speed automatic.

Our test Grand Cherokee Overland 4X4 stickered at $48,985, and included heated and ventilated front-row seating with power lumbar and heated steering wheel, heated second-row seating, 20” alloys, rear park-assist, dual-pane moonroof and more.

From the boardroom to the Outback….option it out as you see the need and you should find that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is up to the task.


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