2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited EcoDiesel Review: Jeep Perfection with Incredible MPGs

The Chrysler Group has introduced diesel powered passenger vehicles in the past with little success but with the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, the company has put a name to their new diesel technology that will help market it to consumers while the power and efficiency of new 3.0L V6 diesel does the rest as this is one fantastic engine option.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the bestselling and most awarded sport utility vehicle in the history of the segment so when the Trail Rated brand makes a big move – the industry takes notice. The 2014 Grand Cherokee features the new EcoDiesel powerplant that allows Jeep owners to haul and tow comparable amounts to the 5.7L Hemi while offering nearly 30 miles per gallon. The current Grand Cherokee is a great SUV; adding a 3.0L diesel engine that allows you to tow 7,200 pounds while offering 28 miles per gallon on the highway (not while towing) makes it one of the best SUVs today…if not the best.

My 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee test vehicle was a 4x4 model with the Limited trimline and the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Luxury Group II added $3,000, the Off Road Adventure II package added $1,795, the premium infotainment system added $400 and when added up with the $995 destination and base price, my test vehicle carried a sticker price of $48,785.

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The Exterior
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 Limited package wears just enough chrome/silver trim around the outside to look like it isn’t a base model. It doesn’t look like an overly blinged out luxury model, but features like the 18 inch split spoke wheels and the silver accents found around the lower fascia opening, around the distinct 7 slot Jeep grille, on the mirrors and on the door handles give this Grand Cherokee a far more upscale look compared to the lower priced models. Of course, the 2014 Grand Cherokee has all of the same great looks that make this the bestselling big SUV in the world. This is the Jeep which best displays the iconic look that the Trail Rated brand has become known for and when fitted with the Limited package – it’s a sharp looking large SUV.

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The EcoDiesel package doesn’t add anything special, but it does have a nice looking set of badges to show off that it is a fuel friendly vehicle.

The Interior
The Limited level trimline is technically midrange for the 2014 Grand Cherokee, but thanks to the addition of the Luxury Group II Preferred Equipment Package, it is impossible to tell by looking around inside. Leather seats, leather door pads and a leather center console armrest cover all in black with white stitching give this cabin a very high end look and feel with help from the minimal chrome trim scattered throughout. The front seats are nicely padded with deepish side bolsters that are comfortable for folks of all shapes and sizes while the power seat controls allow enough adjustment to make it easy for both very tall and very small drivers to safely operate the Grand Cherokee. Regardless of your size (unless you are a giant like Shaq or something), anyone sitting up front should find there to be ample seating space in every direction.

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The rear seats have the same soft leather and generous levels of padding, but the rear seats are less contoured than the front. They are still plenty comfortable for a long vacation trip with gobs of leg space for even very tall adults. There is a middle seat in the rear, but I wouldn’t try to put anyone aside from a small child there for a very long ride and putting someone there really cuts down on the elbow space for everyone. Fortunately, with that middle seat empty and the armrest folded down, the Grand Cherokee has a wonderfully comfortable rear seat setup.

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Unlike the Dodge Durango that rides on the same basic chassis platform, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee does not have a third row of seats and that leads to a massive rear cargo area. It is a big, flat area that is accessed via a large door opening so you can really use every bit of rear cargo space to haul large items. It will comfortably hold golf bags, hockey bags or a brand new Charbroil grill, fully assembled with any problem.

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Arguably the most impressive aspect of the 2014 Grand Cherokee Limited interior is the large infotainment touch screen system that works with the Thin Film Transistor (TFT) gauge cluster to give this cabin a very high end look. The 8.4L touch screen is among one of the largest in the industry and in my opinion, it is one of the best infotainment systems on the market – giving the driver quick and easy access to control everything from the navigation system to the climate control to the hands free phone system to the boomin’ sound system. This system looks great and it works great, without any real learning curve. It is easy to go from function to function and unlike some other automakers’ infotainment systems – you won’t need to take any classes to figure this one out.

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My two cents........these vehicles are incredible, there truly is nothing else like this Jeep available. I am infinitely pleased with mine. I had a 2012 RAM 1500 ST that I traded in for this; I thought the RAM was near flawless and I would be equally impressed with the Jeep. Not only do I have warm memories of the RAM (in hindsight I should have kept it just because it was so fine, and sexy), but my Jeep has blown my mind in every metric I can think of. I am astounded with how far Chrysler has come since the dark days of Daimler, and the catastrophe of Cerberus, they truly have managed to pull their heads out of their a***s, put the past behind them and move on to building vehicles no other maker can produce. If things stay like they are now, I am a lifer, I have never been as pleased with a vehicle as I am.
You must have gotten one of the good ones. Many people complain reliability after first year tanks, and people get to know their Jeep mechanics so much they get invited to thanksgiving dinners.
I sale them I recently had a customer come in and purchase one and making their way to Florida the next day (I am from PA) they came back about a week ago and to my surprise they said on the way down they got 28.6 and on their way back 29.8. Also to they only had clothes and stuff and they didn't have a trailer but I've been hearing a lot better numbers than what you guys tested.
Recently purchased the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.0 diesel . a week later drove from Roanoke , VA to Lake Placid , NY . Round trip was 1550 miles . Mpg was an unexpected 31.5 .My wife watched Nrtflix on her tablet thru the Uconnect Hot Spot which can be rented daily , weekly or monthly for a small charge . ( She used head phones .) I drove the 13 hours each way with about 4 hours additionally on local very hilly winding local Adirondack two lane roads . Most of the trip ( 13 hours each way ) was on Rts. 81 Roanoke ,VA to Binghamton NY , 88 to Albany , NY anthem to Keene Valley NY before taking local roads to Lake Placid ,NY . We returned using the same routes . I don't have a feel for for what the mileage will be driving locally yet . My wife has a " lead foot " so.....
I was really excited about the Jeep Diesel. I purchased mine new May 30th 2014 from a northern NJ Jeep Dealer. I am disappointed! The turbo lag is very frustrating. It's about 2-3 seconds before you get the power you called for, The bigger complaint is the transmission. It shift is not smooth. Noticeable jerk when coming to a stop. Shifting during moderate speeds appears as if the transmission is hunting for the correct gear to shift to resulting in a feel or sound as if you were having a flat tire. Another big concern is the shifter itself. Shifter is actually dangerous. I suspect that eventually this will end up as part of a recall or possible law suit. When shifting from drive to park you can actually end up in reverse. The shift system appears to be an electronic type shifter. When shifting from park too drive you end up shifting to reverse or neutral. Happened a few times that when I shifted from drive and thought I was in park I actually ended up in reverse. On one occasion I thought I was in park, started to exit the vehicle, foot on the ground, door open & started to feel the door pushing against me pushing me back. I realized the vehicle was in reverse and not park. I hope this is an isolated incident with the Grand Cherokee. Perhaps only mine. If other have noticed these problems it would be interesting to read the comments and also note any fixes for these problems. By the way this is my third diesel. I had a VW Jetta TDI & presently also have a 2012 VW Touareg TDI. What a rocket ship, nice ride, no problems with 55K miles and still rides great!!
We have almost the exact same one reviewed here. It's a great vehicle and I know it gets compared to all the German SUVs, but really it costs quite a bit less and I think you have to expect that the money comes from somewhere. VW/Audi does some of the best interiors in the business I didn't really expect the Grand Cherokee to be Touareg-nice. This is our 5th diesel vehicle too, all others have been VW 4/6cyl TDIs. I do agree about the engine and transmission. There does seem to be too much lag from a dead stop, but I think that may actually be ecu programming to keep you from dumping 420ftlb of torque violently into the transmission. I think a good aftermarket tune (when they eventually come) will improve the lag issue as well as make more power and probably provide better fuel efficiency. The transmission isn't too bad, but I'm not a huge fan of the 8 speeds - it's always shifting and doesn't feel like it pulls for long enough. We took a weekend trip from Houston to Dallas and drove around town all weekend and averaged 31.5 mpg while still having some torque-laden fun. The ride was great, seats very comfortable and ventilated, nav and infotainment useful, and we really enjoy the reclining back seats and panoramic sunroof. Overall, I recommend this vehicle to anyone interested - but if your reading this you probably already want a diesel suv. Do it! Get it! I don't think you'll regret it.
I purchased my 2014 grand Cherokee eco diesel about 2 months ago. Since then I have put a total of 7800 miles on the Jeep. I chose the Eco diesel for the simple reason that I drive over 200 miles a day. I knew I would get great mileage from the vehicle but I was not expecting what I actually got. On my daily commute in Southern California traffic, I average 26.8 MPG, while in the really bad stop and go traffic I average 24.4 MPG. On some of my longer trips, such as to Las Vegas, San Fransisco, and other cities a average 32.8 MPG. The worst I have seen on mine so far is 23.6, while the best I've seen is 36.2. This is all according to the trip computer. My actual single tank average during my normal commute is 27.561 MPG starting at full and refilling when the light comes on. Aside from the great mileage the overall vehicle is great in every way. I have a limited, equipped as the test vehicle, minus the 4x4. I looked at other's, like BMW, Audi, but the jeep looked the best and had the best numbers.
My similarly equipped GC Limited with 15,000 miles has been, for the most part, a gem. Watch out for DEF injector problems as the DEF injector is mounted in a vulnerable location beneath the vehicle. If your plans include off-roading, there is an aftermarket guard available (see Jeep Garage) that helps a lot. Highway mIleage has been as high as 32 MPG, and a recent 3,400 mile road trip yielded 26.2 MPG in mixed driving...much on highways with 70 MPH limits. This trip included some mild off roading, where he the diesel's torque made for a stress free experience. Despite the luxury attributes of the GC, the dealership experience is sub par. My former Honda dealers were vastly superior to my Jeep experences, and Lexus is on another planet in comparison. Can't seem to get a Jeep dealer appointment without a 2 week lead time, for example, and a full software flash update, including entertainment system, resulted in a UConnect software version several generations old. Overall, the GC Limited Ecodiesel with Luxury II package is a great set up. I wish Jeep dealerships were on par with the hardware.
I purchased a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Eco-Diesel about a year ago and have been in and out of the shop once a moth over this last year getting the CEL reset and parts replaced and DEF fluids drained and refilled half way. At this point I would tell anyone who thinks that they want a Jeep Eco-Diesel to take their money elsewhere. Not worth the $$$