2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Test Drive Overview

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2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Test Drive Review

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee rear three quarter Whether you want a daily driver, a heavy-hauler, a mountain conquerer, or a drag-strip dominator, the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup offers a solution.

8 /10
Overall Score

Few SUVs can match a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee for all-around capability, and while this midsize 5-passenger SUV isn’t flawless, its combination of charm, cachet, and capability makes it a winner.

For 2007, Jeep adds a new diesel engine option that greatly increases both towing capacity and driving range. You can also get a Grand Cherokee with E85 flex-fuel capability, remote engine starting, and a reversing camera system. Jeep makes side curtain airbags standard this year, and the popular Laredo trim gains broader feature availability than before.

Look and Feel

7/ 10

Clean and purposeful, the 2007 Grand Cherokee’s design draws a clear connection to the original 1993 model while incorporating all of the styling cues that instantly identify it as a Jeep. If there is a misstep here, it’s the Grand Cherokee’s odd headlights, which are meant to convey a connection to the Wrangler’s signature round lamps but appear melted into the grille and an underlying rectangular base.

Interior design displays a similar tendency toward simplicity and symmetry, with a modular approach likely making it easier to adopt the cabin to left-hand and right-hand-drive global markets. Versions with a 2-tone treatment don’t provide enough contrast, either, and in combination with lots of hard, cheap plastic, the Grand Cherokee’s cabin simply doesn’t look or feel as upscale as it should.

Performance

10/ 10

Jeep offers five different engines for the Grand Cherokee, all bolted to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Several 4-wheel-drive (4WD) systems are available, too, and most models come standard with rear-wheel drive (RWD).

Kicking things off, a 210-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 is standard with the base Laredo trim level. A 4.7-liter V8 is optional for the Laredo and standard for the Limited, generating 235 hp and 305 pound-feet of torque, the latter representing a substantial 70 lb-ft increase over the V6 engine. A so-called “Hemi” V8 is standard with Overland trim, a 5.7-liter unit good for 330 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. This engine is optional for the Limited.

The Grand Cherokee SRT-8 has an exclusive 6.1-liter “Hemi” V8 making 420 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. It is accompanied by a performance suspension and much larger 20-inch wheels wrapped in performance-oriented tires. According to Jeep, it accelerates to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

New for 2007, and optional for all but the SRT-8, a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder diesel engine is available. It generates 215 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, improving fuel economy by a reported 30 percent and bumping the towing capacity from 6,500 pounds to 7,400 pounds. Jeep claims the diesel gives the Grand Cherokee 420 miles of driving range between visits to the fuel pump.

All Grand Cherokees are RWD except for the SRT-8, which has an exclusive electronic all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Other versions are offered with full-time (Quadra-Trac I) or part-time (Quadra-Trac II) 4WD. For maximum off-roading capability, you’ll want Quadra-Drive II for its multiple limited-slip differentials. Getting the Skid Plate Group would be a good idea, too.

When Jeep last redesigned the Grand Cherokee for 2005, it swapped the previous live-axle front suspension for a more sophisticated independent design, dramatically improving this Jeep’s on-pavement ride and handling characteristics without ruining its off-roading capabilities.

As a result, this third-generation Grand Cherokee works well as a daily driver, even if you have no intention of ever going off-road. But, rest assured that when it is properly equipped, the Grand Cherokee can still adventure farther and wider than many of its less capable competitors.

Most people will find the 4.7-liter V8 engine to provide satisfactory performance, and the new diesel is perfect for people who need to tow something heavy. Quick, but thirsty, the 5.7-liter V8 sounds great but might not be worth the added cost.

Undeniably, the Grand Cherokee SRT-8 is compelling. The 6.1-liter V8 makes this SUV downright fast, and it can tackle a twisty road like few other SUVs dare. But this paved-road performance comes at a steep cost and is antithetical to what a Jeep is supposed to be.

Form and Function

8/ 10

A Grand Cherokee seats five people on firm yet supportive seats, but a common ding against this SUV is a rather cramped rear seating area. Cloth is standard with Laredo trim, while others have leather or a mix of leather with Ultrasuede inserts.

Every Grand Cherokee includes air conditioning, power door locks with remote keyless entry, power windows with one-touch operation for the front glass, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Laredo models offer a wider variety of options for 2007, giving buyers more choice.

Upgrade to Limited trim for standard leather seats, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, a premium sound system, automatic climate control, and more. The Overland is the luxurious Grand Cherokee, equipped with more leather on various parts of the interior, Ultrasuede seat inserts, real wood trim, and metallic cabin accents. It also comes with a standard navigation system and rear parking assist sensors.

The Grand Cherokee SRT-8 has the most powerful V8 engine combined with performance components and similar standard equipment to the Limited trim level.

Cargo space measures 34.5 cubic feet behind the rear seat, which is on the small side for a midsize SUV. Maximum volume measures 67.4 cubic feet, and a Grand Cherokee diesel with towing equipment can handle up to 7,400 pounds of trailer.

Tech Level

9/ 10

As far as stereo equipment goes, the Grand Cherokee Laredo has a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack. Limited and SRT-8 trim upgrades the SUV with an MP3 player, a 6-disc CD changer, and a Boston Acoustics premium sound system. The Grand Cherokee Overland has satellite radio and a standard navigation system.

Additional technology features, available depending on trim level and equipment, include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and Jeep’s Uconnect Bluetooth technology, which allows for hands-free use of a cell phone during calls.

Safety

7/ 10

Jeep equips the Grand Cherokee with standard antilock brakes, stability control, dual front airbags, and side curtain airbags.

Based on testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Grand Cherokee is very safe, earning 5-star ratings for crash protection. In rollover resistance testing, the 2WD versions get a 3-star rating while the 4WD versions earn a 4-star rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is not as impressed with the Grand Cherokee. It gets a Good rating for seat and head restraint performance as well as for protection in the moderate offset frontal-impact crash test. But in side-impact testing, the SUV earns a Marginal rating.

Cost-Effectiveness

7/ 10

When it comes to the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you’re going to pay to play. That’s because few, if any, mainstream midsize SUVs can match it for overall performance, whether it’s measured in terms of off-roading capability, flat-out acceleration, or towing capacity. From that perspective, a Grand Cherokee offers value in that there is something for everyone. But that variety commands a premium.

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Christian Wardlaw has 25 years of experience reviewing cars and has served in editorial leadership roles with Edmunds, J.D. Power, the New York Daily News, Autobytel, and Vehix. Chris prefers to focus on the cars people actually buy rather than the cars about which people dream, and emphasizes the importance of fuel economy and safety as much as how much fun a car is to drive. Chris is married to an automotive journalist, is the father of four daughters, and lives in Southern California.

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