The Jeep Grand Cherokee's standard features check the usual boxes, but it's in tech features and infotainment where it blurs the line with traditional "luxury" SUVs. It's one of the most digitally advanced utility vehicles available, period, even counting the Ford offerings with its "Touch" systems--the Flex, Explorer, Edge, and Lincoln MKT and MKX.
Standard equipment on the 2013 Grand Cherokee includes power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; a power driver seat; cruise control; push-button start; a tilt/telescope steering wheel; and keyless entry. All versions have an audio system with an AM/FM/CD player, a USB port, and SiriusXM satellite radio.
From base models, the Grand Cherokee walks through a range including Laredo, Limited, Overland Summit, and new Trailhawk editions. It adds features on the way, including 19-inch wheels; leather seating with a power front passenger seat; a power tailgate; heated and ventilated front seats; heated rear seats; a power telescope/tilt steering wheel; a wood-trimmed steering wheel; a panoramic sunroof; xenon headlamps; and a top-flight sound system with 506 watts of power.
The Trailhawk, offered with either powertrain, comes with off-road-specific hardware, including 18-inch off-road tires; an air suspension; off-road-tuned traction control; its own badging and black and red accents; and black suede and leather seats.
On the technology front, the Grand Cherokee plugs into the data slipstream via Uconnect Web, adding wireless connectivity and in-car hotspots to its portfolio, making it even easier to stream video to portable devices and to passengers needing entertainment (now that streaming-TV options have been deleted from the Cherokee's menu). Bluetooth and navigation systems are available.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.