The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup has a powertrain to suit almost every buyer—that is provided you don't want a hybrid.
From the power-dense SRT model to the Ecodiesel and its 30-mpg highway rating, the Grand Cherokee covers a lot of ground for SUV buyers.
Gasoline V-6 versions of the Grand Cherokee start at 19 mpg city, 26 highway, 22 combined for V-6 equipped, rear-drive models. Adding all-wheel drive reduces those numbers to 18/25/21 mpg. Those numbers are slight improvements over earlier models, which weren't equipped with engine stop/start systems. Previously, the V-6 models were rated at 17 mpg in the city.
The Grand Cherokee turbodiesel is the most fuel-efficient model in the lineup, as well as the pick if towing is a priority. It gets 22/30/25 mpg for rear-drive models, or at 21/28/24 mpg with four-wheel drive, and offers a driving range of 730 miles. We've found it to get better real-world mileage than most five-seat crossovers, and its highway rating (we've easily seen 30 mpg in highway cruising) is closing in on that of gas-fueled compact vehicles like the Ford Escape and Chevy Equinox—models without the towing prowess or off-road capability.
Hemi V-8 models are rated 14/20/17 mpg and only come in all-wheel drive. That's a little low for a model that doesn't offer third-row seating.
But it's the Grand Cherokee SRT that's the gas-guzzler of the lineup. It earns EPA ratings of 13/19/15 mpg, and in one drive on mostly flat Texas roads we observed an average of just 12.4 mpg.
All versions come with an 8-speed automatic that helps reduce fuel consumption, while the V-8s also include cylinder deactivation.