By KBB.com Editors
The Grand Cherokee is legendary for its rugged off-road capability, sensible size and car-like ride and interior. While most SUVs have grown to near-gargantuan proportions, the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee remains true to the general size of the original 1992 model. Engine choices, however, have grown larger and include a fuel-efficient V6, a new 4.7-liter V8, a powerful HEMI V8 and a torque-happy turbodiesel, a first for the Grand Cherokee line. Jeep also offers a choice of three four-wheel-drive systems, which range from a basic shift-on-the-fly high/low transfer case to a permanently engaged system capable of sending power to whichever wheel has traction.
If you like the idea of owning a rugged SUV that offers a luxurious interior, lots of power and doesn't fill your entire garage, the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee should be at the top of your shopping list. The Grand Cherokee is the only SUV in its class to offer a diesel engine option.
The 4.7-liter V8 engine receives a major overhaul resulting in improved horsepower and fuel economy. HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlights are a new option, as is SIRIUS Backseat TV. Jeep has Hill Descent Control, which is made standard on 4x4 models with Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II, while Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control are also made available.
Driving Impressions The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee retains the off-road capability of its forefathers, and rates high in the areas of ride comfort, steering and handling. However, on the ones we drove,...at least, the brake pedals felt somewhat soft and seemed to need to travel quite a distance before attaining the desired affect. Seating comfort is supreme, with excellent neck protection provided by the forward-leaning headrest.
Six-Disc MP3 CD Changer
The six-disc MP3/CD changer can hold up to 600 songs.
The Grand Cherokee's Quadra-Drive II is the best off-road system ever to wear the Jeep Trail Rated badge.
Jeep has done an outstanding job with the Grand Cherokee's interior. Quality materials abound and the layout, execution and attention to detail are all first-rate. The 2008 Grand Cherokee can accommodate four adults in comfort---five in a pinch. In comparison to previous-generation Grand Cherokees, there is a noticeable improvement in rear-seat legroom as well as ease of entry and exit, thanks to the longer rear doors.Exterior
Last year's makeover gave the Grand Cherokee's handsome lines the straight-edge treatment, leaving the trademark Jeep grille and tail in place. Large flared wheel arches and aggressively styled wheels project the kind of rugged, off-road look Jeep loyalists demand. Styling for the base Laredo is simple and clean, while models such as the Limited and Overland have more ornate treatments, including body-colored cladding, fancier wheels and more bright-work.
The Grand Cherokee Laredo comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), five-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, overhead and floor consoles, keyless entry, AM/FM stereo with CD, split-folding rear seat, eight-way power driver's seat, rear spoiler, tilt wheel, side-curtain airbags, stability control, a rear wiper/washer and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The Limited trim adds a 4.7-liter V8, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear cargo cover, fog lights, memory for power driver's seat and mirrors, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer and MP3 capability, leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls. Overland models feature a 5.7-liter HEMI V8.
Options include three different four-wheel-drive systems: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II. Also on the list is a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, a 3.0-liter Common Rail Diesel engine, rearview back-up camera, a DVD navigation system, heated front seats, UConnect communications system, Rear Park Assist, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, auto-leveling HID headlights, locking rear axle and a power glass moonroof.
Though it helps make the big Jeep more affordable, the V6 engine has a tough time moving the Grand Cherokee's weight, especially when loaded and trying to pass at highway speeds. Despite their thirst for gas, the Grand Cherokee's V8 engines are much better suited to moving the big Jeep through traffic and underbrush. Those who seek better fuel economy without power loss should consider the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, which can run on diesel or B20 biodiesel.
210 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (2WD), 15/19 (4WD)
3.0-liter V6 Turbodiesel
215 horsepower @ 3800 rpm
376 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600-2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/23 (2WD), 17/22 (4WD)
305 horsepower @ 5650 rpm
334 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 9/13 (E85, 2WD), 9/12 (E85, 4WD), 14/19 (gasoline 2WD, 4WD)
5.7-liter V8 HEMI
330 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
375 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD)
By E.T on Friday, October 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great overl all performance"
Cons: "fuel economy of 2006 V-8 could be better."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"this is second Jeep Grand Cherokee I have owned and I see a lot of 'em on the road.. I am happy with my 2006, except I would appreciate better fuel economy. the jeep line is "bullet proof"."
3 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Drizzle on Thursday, September 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Space, Versatility, Durability"
Cons: "Front pax floor space isn't the best."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my Jeep. She keeps me safe, she's reliable, let's me tow things and drive in the snow or sand. She's versatile and has room for a car full of passengers and my 80 lbs. dog. I haven't had mechanical issues with her in the 7 years I've owned her (she was leased prior). I'll definitely be in the market for another one when she's done"
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By 02grandcherokee on Monday, September 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 186,500overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Powerful V8, excellent sound system"
Cons: "Failed electronics, costly repairs, terrible MPG"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"We've owned this vehicle since it was brand new, and the older it gets, the less I have to love about it. For example, the cabin is noisy and the seats are uncomfortable for longer trips. Just recently, we've had to replace the water pump, front differential, radiator, and transmission solenoid. Also recently, the radio screen blanked out and you can only go through your radio presets, turn the radio on or off, and adjust the volume of the radio. The radio is expensive to replace, and you can't go aftermarket since the rear DVD player and SIRIUS Satellite Radio are tied into the factory radio. I have an '02 Grand Cherokee, and have owned multiple Grand Cherokees over the years, and my '02 beats our '05 in almost every way. The Boston sound system is crisp and clear, though, and the V8 is powerful, I will give it that. Overall, though, consider either a newer or older generation Grand Cherokee, but not this one."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Dell and Ed on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, great in inclement weather, comfort"
Cons: "beginning to have to replace parts."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This car is still a smooth ride, plenty of power and is fantastic in inclement weather. Nothing stops it. It is great on trips and you arrive fairly rested after being in a car for several hours. I will miss it."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By RachelB on Saturday, August 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have had my Jeep Grand Cherokee for 4 years. It has been very reliable, no problems at all. Low maintenance costs. Only complaint is the gas mileage. Overall great vehicle."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By Snow Princess on Thursday, August 28, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, fast, agile and hugs the road."
Cons: "Still looking for the cons . . ."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Best vehicle ever owned. It has power, of road capabilities, roof rack, wonderful to travel with. Most comfortable interior ever and every control right in front of you. When rear seats are put down, allows ample room for those trips to the hardware store or any place else. Service has always been minimal, when maintained as book states. A really pleasant experience."