Used Jeep Grand Cherokee

To say the Jeep brand has a lot of history is something of an understatement. After all, the original Jeep was designed to be an all-terrain vehicle that could endure the rigors of World War II. Over the years, civilian drivers became interested in a hardy vehicle that could go anywhere and do anything, and Jeep became a household brand name. Following along in that legacy is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. With such a reliable history surrounding it, you can rest assured that when you buy a used Jeep Grand Cherokee, you are buying from a brand that has proven its worth time and time again.

In 1993, the world was about to experience a major shift in how the public thought about family automobiles. The release of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was a big deal for drivers everywhere. The Cherokee was already performing well in the American market, so the addition of a larger, more luxurious version made perfect sense. Soon, however, it seemed like every household had––or needed––a Grand Cherokee, and the SUV boom was in full swing. Farewell, minivans, and hello, Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Five Generations of Luxury

The first Grand Cherokees provided a smooth ride on the roadways and a larger, more executive-style interior. But make no mistake; they were prepared to head off-road when required. In fact, the first Grand Cherokee literally crashed onto the auto scene by smashing through the glass of the Detroit Convention Center at the 1992 North American International Auto Show, in a pointed demonstration of how the vehicle could balance its wild side and its mild ride.

In the first decade, only three trims were offered for the Grand Cherokee: the Base, Laredo, and Limited. In comparison, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is offered in no fewer than 12 flavors. These consist of the Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk trims, along with the Altitude, Upland, High Altitude, Limited X, and North Edition special editions.

Much of the Grand Cherokee's popularity is based on Jeep's ability to create a vehicle that includes sophisticated good looks and luxury appointments but still retains the off-road ferocity that has given Jeep its reputation. By pairing features like Quadra-Lift air suspension, premium leather seats, and HEMI V8 engines, it was clear that Jeep found a way to appeal to all of the instincts of the suburban driver with power, excitement, and plenty of comfortable features.

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First Generation (1993-1998)

Initially slated to replace the Cherokee, the Grand Cherokee carved its own place in the Jeep lineup and settled in as the larger and more luxurious companion to the Cherokee. Its smashing debut through a glass door at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show should've foretold as much. The first-generation Grand Cherokee smashed every standard in the segment and redefined what it means to be a family-friendly SUV.

Designed with adventure in mind, the first-generation Grand Cherokee was truly innovative and capable. The first SUV equipped with a driver-side airbag, the Grand Cherokee set a new benchmark for on and off-road capability and handling with its available 4x4 systems and award-winning powertrains. Along with a suite of convenience features and technology, these features earned it numerous awards, including Motor Trend's "Truck of the Year" and Off-Road magazine's "4x4 of the Year" honors.

Second Generation (1999-2004)

The second-generation Grand Cherokee grew in every sense of the word and returned to American roads longer, taller, and broader. This increase in size, along with improvements to its powertrains, 4x4 system, and more, delivered a smoother ride and gave drivers greater control behind the wheel. With little to remedy in terms of operability and capability, the later model years of this generation instead rolled out a host of special edition models like the Columbia Edition, Rocky Mountain Edition, and Freedom Edition. This makes the second-generation Grand Cherokee an ideal option for drivers looking for something vintage and unique.

Third Generation (2005-2010)

Jeep introduced its Trail Rated badge in 2004 just as the second-generation Grand Cherokee gave way to the third generation. The Trail Rated badge set a new standard for the SUV in terms of capability, and Jeep pushed the Grand Cherokee to its limits, measuring its maneuverability, articulation, ground clearance, water fording capability, and traction. As a result, a Grand Cherokee with the Trail Rated badge means something, whether it's a third-generation or fifth-generation model.

Along with the Trail Rated badge, the third-generation Grand Cherokee introduced several improvements, including more powerful engines, multiple 4x4 systems, and a suite of innovative technology. Speed was also a priority with the introduction of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 that, courtesy of its HEMI V8 engine, delivered a launch from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds. This generation also welcomed the addition of a backup camera and saw the discontinuation of the diesel powertrain and the Overland trim.

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Fourth Generation (2011-2022)

Jeep unveiled the fourth-generation Grand Cherokee to widespread acclaim in 2011 and, once again, raised the standards in the segment. The fourth-generation Grand Cherokee boasted new improvements, including a terrain management system and the Quadra-Lift air suspension, which complemented the Grand Cherokee's capable 4x4 systems. Together, these features extended the Grand Cherokee's capability on any terrain and gave drivers more control behind the wheel via drive modes like Auto, Sport, Snow, Rock, and Sand/Mud.

The fourth-generation Grand Cherokee marked the return of the SRT8 and the Overland Summit, both of which were later surpassed by the Trackhawk and the Trailhawk. The SRT8 rejoined the lineup in 2012 and continued its legacy with jaw-dropping HEMI power that destined it for the track. But the 2018 Trackhawk and its Hellcat V8 engine left the SRT8 in a cloud of dust. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Overland Summit extended the Grand Cherokee's trail-running capability, only to be soon overshadowed by the Trailhawk, the ultimate off-road rig with its expansive suite of off-road technology and trail-specific design features.

Fifth Generation (2021-Present)

Growth seems to be a theme for the Grand Cherokee, and the fifth generation is no exception, with the larger Grand Cherokee L joining the standard Grand Cherokee in the lineup. The Grand Cherokee L marks a major step for Jeep as it is the first three-row Grand Cherokee in history. Sitting on a longer wheelbase with seating for two additional passengers, the Grand Cherokee L offers greater practicality, versatility, and functionality along with the same capability you've come to expect from the most awarded SUV ever built.

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The 4 Best Features of the Grand Cherokee

#1 - Four-Wheel Drive Capability

Born of necessity at the dawn of World War II, Jeep built its reputation around its 4x4 systems. Today, those legendary systems are available on the Grand Cherokee, which means you can confidently explore new terrain. Depending on the model year, these systems include the Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, Quadra-Trac SRT, and Quadra-Drive II, the last of which adds an electronic limited-slip rear differential for optimal performance on and off the trail.

#2 - Innovative Technology

The Grand Cherokee proves that getting behind the wheel of a trail runner destined for adventure doesn't mean sacrificing comfort or innovation. You'll find every Grand Cherokee comes with a host of innovative technology that ranges from expansive center touchscreen displays and premium sound systems to a passenger screen and rear-seat entertainment system. Newer models offer seamless smartphone integration that puts your favorite apps at your fingertips in an intuitive layout that ensures your focus stays on the road ahead even when you get a phone call, text message, or notification.

#3 - Award-Winning Powertrains

Whether you're navigating a technical trail, cruising down the highway, or running errands in town, the Grand Cherokee delivers the power you need whenever you need it. This power is courtesy of Jeep's award-winning engines that range from the Pentastar V6 to its legendary HEMI V8. Combined with Jeep's fuel-saver technology, these engine options optimize the Grand Cherokee's performance without sacrificing efficiency. That means less money spent on fuel and more money for your next adventure.

#4 - Confidence Behind the Wheel

Jeep gives you confidence from the moment you get behind the wheel of the Grand Cherokee by equipping this SUV with an expansive suite of active and passive safety features. These tools range from standard airbags and seat belts to driver-assist features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Lane Management, and Blind Spot Monitoring. Together, these tools enhance your visibility and minimize the potential for collision by giving you plenty of time to respond.

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What Does the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Come With?

The Trailhawk model of the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup has always stood firmly in both the luxury and rugged camps. This level of comfort and utility is nothing new, of course. Even in 2017, when the Trailhawk made its highly anticipated entry to the Grand Cherokee lineup, Jeep ensured drivers were well-equipped with options such as a dual-pane sunroof and Blu-ray entertainment with a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon system. Lest drivers should feel too pampered, the signature red tow hooks, skid plates, and all-terrain tires serve as reminders that this is an off-road vehicle.

Since its reintroduction, every Trailhawk has included standard all-wheel drive, courtesy of the Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system. This intelligently engineered off-road system transfers torque to the wheels that need it most. That's combined with Jeep's customized Selec-Terrain system, Quadra-Lift air suspension, and a full set of skid plates.

The 2020 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk stands on 18-inch off-road aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires and features red front tow hooks, demonstrating that it is ready to be the life of the party. Under the hood since 2017 is a beloved 3.6L V6 engine. This engine produces up to 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, giving Trailhawk models the ability to tow up to 6,200 lbs. Also available is a 5.7L V8 that ups the ante to 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. But the fun doesn't stop there.

Inside, the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen is already fitted with navigation and off-road details, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for later model years. Bluetooth streaming and voice control are included, along with a power sunroof, Mopar slush mats, and a heated steering wheel. The heated and ventilated black-and-red suede and leather seats with lumbar support and premium Alpine sound system also invite you to relax and enjoy the ride.

Driver assistance and safety features have been some of the most historically prominent features of the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, dating back to the reissue in 2017. Some of the most prominent––and helpful––safety and driver assistance features include Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection, Parksense Front and Rear Park Assist, and Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning.

For the 2022 model year, the Trailhawk became better than ever with numerous updates and great features, including its addition to the Jeep 4xe lineup. The Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system remains standard on every Trailhawk model, along with the Quadra-Lift Air Suspension, making this one of the most capable SUVs on the road and incredibly fun to drive. Along with this fantastic performance, the 2022 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models have a comprehensive safety system.

In addition to the standard features, available driver-assist options on the Trailhawk include a 360-degree Surround-View Camera System that gives you a virtual look around your SUV and Night-Vision Pedestrian/Animal Detection that helps spot people and animals when driving at night. A 10.1-inch infotainment display is available on 2022 models, so look for that as you are shopping for a used Trailhawk. Plus, every model comes with a nine-speaker Alpine premium sound system that includes a subwoofer. Combine that with prestigious luxury features, like a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel and an available dual-pane power panoramic sunroof, and you have a truly remarkable pre-owned Jeep SUV.

What Engines Can You Find in the Grand Cherokee?

While the first Grand Cherokee was offered with just a single powertrain option, the 2020 Grand Cherokee is available with four different engines. The starting powerplant is a highly capable 3.6L V6 that was introduced in 2011 to replace an underwhelming 3.8L V6. The 3.6L engine provides 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and it has a fuel economy of up to 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway for the 2020 model year. Note that some older versions of this engine may have a lower fuel economy due to the engineering tweaks it has received over the years.

Those looking for a little more pep can choose to upgrade to a 5.7L V8 engine, which has been a popular choice for more adventuresome off-roaders since its debut in the early 2000s. Since the fourth generation was introduced in 2011, this engine has been one of the preferred upgrades for Grand Cherokee drivers. Current versions of this engine provide 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Available with 4x4 only for the 2020 model, the 5.7L V8 gets up to 14 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.

Drivers who choose the SRT trim are automatically granted an impressive 6.4L V8 engine producing 475 hp and 470 lb-ft torque, which made its debut in 2012. These figures may seem mind-blowing until compared to the engine on the more recent Trackhawk models. At the top of the line since 2017, the Trackhawk is equipped with a 6.2L supercharged V8 that produces 707 hp and has the Jeep community in an uproar that can hardly be heard over the revving of the engine causing it.

Diesel drivers can find a 3.0L diesel V6 on Grand Cherokee models produced between 2011 and 2018. Offered as an option on most trims, this engine provides 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Two-wheel drive models range from 22 MPG in the city to 30 MPG on the highway, while 4x4 models drop back a bit to 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway.

The standard engine on the sixth-generation Grand Cherokee remains the 3.6L Pentastar V6, now delivering 290 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque. While shopping for used models, look for the available 5.7L HEMI V8 engine with 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque––this boosts towing up to 7,200 lbs. No matter which engine you find, it will come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, so you know it will be fun to drive. For exceptional fuel economy and some electric-only range, consider the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid model.

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Get to Know the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

As you are looking at late-model used Jeep Grand Cherokees, one of the things you should keep an eye out for is the 4xe plug-in hybrid model. The Grand Cherokee 4xe joined this lineup with the 2022 model year, which means you can now find them on the pre-owned market. These models are highly sought after, so they can be hard to find, but that is why having a great dealership you can rely on makes things a lot easier. With the Grand Cherokee 4xe's combination of impressive power and fantastic fuel efficiency, it is no surprise that so many people look for and hang onto these models for a long time.

At the heart of the Grand Cherokee 4xe is the 2.0L turbocharged engine that delivers 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque when combined with its electric motors. A large 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows the vehicle to drive in an all-electric mode to eliminate gas use. In electric mode, the Grand Cherokee 4xe can get an estimated 23 miles of range without ever touching the gas tank. When the gasoline reserve is tapped, it can travel 443 miles in total distance with a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery, making this a fantastic option for any kind of use.

The 4xe option is available on the majority of 2022 Grand Cherokee trims, but not all of them. Specifically, the starting Laredo trim is only available with the standard V6 engine, so if you are looking for a used 4xe model, you will need to look for a higher trim. Every other version can be found as a 4xe model with the PHEV engine, which means you still have plenty of options available while looking for fantastic hybrid performance. The Grand Cherokee 4xe hybrid models are easy to charge at home or on the go as they can plug into standard 120V outlets or use Level 2 public charging stations.

Why Choose Orange Coast CJDRF?

We know you have many different dealerships available to you here in the Costa Mesa area, and plenty of them are just fine. Here at Orange Coast Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, however, we believe that "just fine" is not good enough, so we work hard to go the extra mile for each and every one of our customers. Whether you know exactly what you are looking for or still have many questions, we will be by your side to make sure you drive away in the perfect vehicle. This means answering all of your questions, providing you with friendly service, and taking the time to make sure you are completely satisfied.

With our fantastic inventory of used models, we have a wide range of different Grand Cherokee options from various model years. We can take you through our full selection of vehicles to help you find what you have been looking for and show you some options you might not have even considered. Our priority is always to make sure you get what you need and drive away completely happy with your vehicle. Plus, with our certified service center and our partnership with Orange Coast Motorsports, we are fully equipped to help you with anything you need.

If you are looking for routine service, you will know where to turn, but we can also help you turn your Jeep into the off-road vehicle of your dreams. Whether you like to play in the mountains in winter to enjoy the snow or hit the desert and put your Jeep through its paces in the summer heat, we will help you get your vehicle ready. You deserve to work with people who really understand what you are looking for in your next Jeep. That is the difference you get to enjoy when you come and shop with us at Orange Coast CJDRF.

We Make Financing Your Used Grand Cherokee Simple

As you start shopping for your next vehicle, you have a lot of decisions to make, and getting everything sorted can be pretty stressful. Even if you know you want a used Jeep Grand Cherokee, you still need to decide on the best way to pay for it. Most of us do not have the luxury of being able to buy a car outright, which means some kind of financing is vital to get a great vehicle that you will enjoy for many years to come. Unfortunately, choosing the right financing to meet your needs and fit your budget is not always as simple as it should be; you have probably noticed this already if you have dealt with other dealerships.

Here at Orange Coast CDJRF, we work hard to help you with everything you need and make your car-buying experience as simple as possible, which includes figuring out financing. We can help you explore all of your financing options, look at different loan offers, and make sure you understand every aspect of the terms and conditions of those loans. Even if you already have a loan offer from your bank or credit union, we can take a few minutes to make sure that it is the absolute best offer available for you. No matter what your situation looks like, we want to work with you and help you get the financing you deserve to drive away in the SUV you need.

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Hassle-Free Maintenance for Your Grand Cherokee

One of the great perks of owning a Grand Cherokee is that maintenance is hassle-free here at Orange Coast CJDRF. Routine service, like oil and filter changes, is vital to extending your engine's life, optimizing its performance, and getting the most out of your Grand Cherokee for many years ahead. Jeep makes it easy by outfitting newer models with an oil life indicator that tells you when it's time to head to our service center for an oil and filter change.

While your vehicle is in for an oil change, our certified technicians will also rotate the tires, inspect the battery, clean the battery terminals, and inspect other vital components like the cooling system hoses, exhaust system, brake pads, and fluid levels. Beyond oil changes, maintenance for your Grand Cherokee is as simple as turning to the owner's manual, where Jeep provides a recommended maintenance plan that will keep your Grand Cherokee in optimal working order. This plan includes everything from having the transfer case fluid inspected to replacing the engine coolant and spark plugs, leaving little guesswork when it comes to the health of your beloved adventurer.

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