An amazing array of luxury and infotainment features are available in the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee, putting it on par with the other best-in-class utes and crossovers, the Ford Flex/Explorer/Edge triplets and the Lincoln MKT/MKX.
All Grand Cherokees come standard with air conditioning; cruise control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; a power driver seat; push-button start; a tilt/telescope steering wheel; and keyless entry. The base audio system includes an AM/FM/CD player with USB connectivity and satellite radio.
Trim levels step up from Laredo to Limited and Overland, adding features along the way, such as 19-inch wheels; a power tailgate; leather seating with a power front passenger seat;heated and ventilated front seats; heated rear seats; a wood-trimmed steering wheel; a power telescope/tilt steering wheel; a panoramic sunroof that opens up the Grand Cherokee's interior; xenon headlamps; and a premium sound system with 506 watts of power.
In the above-and-beyond category, Chrysler offers Uconnect Web to the Cherokee, so you can become your own wireless hotspot. These bleeding-edge tech pieces make the Cherokee's Bluetooth and navigation system options seem almost dowdy. Sirius Backseat TV and FLO TV, former streaming-video options, have been deleted. Who needs them, with iPads so ubiquitous?
A special mention goes to the Grand Cherokee SRT8. It has its own standard features, from cosmetic touches like paddle-shift controls; power tilt/telescope steering; leather-trimmed and heated steering whee; leather and suede seats; carbon-fiber interior trim; metallic pedal pads; and a vehicle information center in the gauges. There's also Performance Pages, which displays functions like 0-60 mph times, braking distances, and quarter-mile times, for those places and times that let you exercise the SRT8's massive tires and HEMI horsepower. Options on the $60,000 SRT8 include a dual-pane sunroof, a luxury package with leather trim and a power tailgate, and a harman/kardon 19-speaker, 825-watt audio system. SRT8s also come with a free day of driving instruction at one of a handful of selected tracks around the country.