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