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2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

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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 2009 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 4.7-liter V8, a powerful HEMI V8 and, for a limited time, a torque-happy turbodiesel. 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee should be at the top of your shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Jeep Grand Cherokee does not offer a third-row seat and interior space is nowhere near the levels of larger SUVs such as the Chevrolet Suburban, Nissan Armada or even the Dodge Durango.

What's New for 2009

The 5.7-liter HEMI receives a bump up power and fuel economy, while the short-lived 3.0-liter CRD turbodiesel is scheduled to be phased out.

Driving the Grand Cherokee

Driving Impressions The 2009 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. On the road, the V6 feels as though it has its work cut out for it; we prefer the new 4.7-liter V8 or, better yet, the 3.0-liter diesel, which is surprisingly quick. The 5.7-liter HEMI turns the Grand Cherokee into a drag racer. Off-road, we were amazed by the grip that the Quadra-Drive II displayed. When so equipped, the Grand Cherokee seemed oblivious to deep mud, extremely steep slopes and wildly uneven terrain.

30-Gigabyte Hard Drive
Standard on the Limited and Overland trims, the 30-gigabyte hard drive allows for ripping up to 6,700 songs.

Quadra-Drive II
The Grand Cherokee's Quadra-Drive II is the best off-road system ever to wear the Jeep Trail Rated badge.

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Details
2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee photo Interior

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 2009 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

The Grand Cherokee's handsome straight-edge lines are distinctive enough to set it apart from the crowded SUV field, but in case you find yourself second guess, you need look no further than the trademark Jeep grille. 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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, rain sensing wipers, power adjustable pedals, fog lights, uconnect gps, ParkView rear camera system, ParkSense rear park assist, AM/FM stereo with 30-gigabyte hard drive, leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls. Overland models feature a 5.7-liter HEMI V8.

Optional Equipment

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 limited-production 3.0-liter Common Rail Diesel engine, ParkSense rear park assist (Laredo), a DVD navigation system, heated front seats, uconnect tunes, studio and gps systems, rear-seat DVD entertainment system with nine-inch screen, auto-leveling HID headlights, locking rear axle and a power glass moonroof.

Under the Hood

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.

3.7-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21 (2WD), 15/20 (4WD)

3.0-liter V6 Turbodiesel
215 horsepower @ 3400 rpm
375 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600-2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/23 (2WD), 17/22 (4WD)

4.7-liter V8
305 horsepower @ 5650 rpm
334 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 9/13 (E85, 2WD), 9/13 (E85, 4WD), 14/19 (gasoline, 2WD, 4WD)

5.7-liter V8 HEMI
357 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
389 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4350 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/19 (4WD)

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2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 965 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

The best vehicle I ever purchased!

By on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast, comforts of home, plenty of room."

Cons: "Goes through tires every 20k miles (if I'm lucky;)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Not an exageration! I've owned everything from an SL550 (current driver), to my SRT to Corvettes (blah) to muscle cars (67 Chevelle SS) ... all told probably 15+ vehicles and the SRT was THE BEST! I bought it with 15k miles on it back in 2007 (currently have 100k) and it's going to kill me to pass along to some lucky individual. Sadly, the wife wants a 4dr Rubicon and it would be sad for this baby to sit idle. I have NEVER had an issue with this ride ... and for those wondering, yes I have been a multiple Jeep Grand Cherokee owner."

After 100K = Money Pit!

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"We purchased the vehicle with 50K on it. At 70K, one of the Hemi MDS solenoids went out and it was spewing oil all over the ground. At 100K, things starting failing left and right. Tire pressure sensors started to go and dealer installed new ones but has been unable to get them to properly communicate with the computer. 4WD system stopped working in 4 Lo, some of the dash lights in the center console went out and they are NOT replaceable! You have to buy the entire switch panel and/or HVAC controls to fix it. The fresh air inlet flapper door broke, the heater motor went out. The vehicle drives and handles nice and does great offroad and in the snow but we cannot afford to keep it any longer!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

It's Okay

By on Thursday, October 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 212,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Nice audio system, good power"

Cons: "Unreliable, costly to repair"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"By far this is one of the WORST cars we've ever owned. We've owned our fully-loaded 4.7L 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4X4 since it was brand new, and now she has 212k miles on her. It's terrible on gas, the transmission is noisy, but the 4X4 works great. The seats are uncomfortable and are ripped up from use. We've taken the Jeep on many longer trips, and have all been fatigued when we got out of it. The radio no longer functions, and it's the navigation radio, which isn't recommended. The speedometer no longer works, and the ABS and brake systems need work. The front differential was rebuilt in 2014, as it made a "clunking" noise, and the EGR valve had to be replaced as well. But at least she's been running as long as she's been running, and it's time for a replacement vehicle. Even though we've had a terrible experience with this one, we're still getting a newer Jeep, as the newer ones are impressive."

19 people out of 34 found this review helpful

Attractive, dependable and safe car for all ages

By on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great fun to drive with all of its feautures!"

Cons: "In town driving doesnt get the best gas mileage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Love driving down the expressway with the sunroof open, stereo on and talking with friends on handsfree cellphone ucorrect!

"FOG LAMPS, LUXURY FRONT, PREMIUM SOUND GROUP, UCONNECT HANDS-FREE COMMUNICATION, PARKSENSE PARK ASSIST, CARGO CONVENIENCE GROUP, QUADRA-DRIVE II 4X4 GROUP , 3.7L V6 ENGINE (STD), DAYTIME RUNNING LAMPS, LEATHER TRIMMED FRONT BUCKET SEATS, 5-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. Key Details: •80,000 Miles •Black •6 Cylinder Engine •Gasoline •5 Speed Shiftable Automatic Transmission •4 wheel drive - rear •Four Door Sport Utility •Stock No: 17417 •VIN:1J8GR48K08C227614 Installed Options •17 x 7.5 aluminum wheels Passenger Vanity Mirror Driver Vanity Mirror Power Outlet Universal Garage Door Opener Auto-On Headlights Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror A/T Security System Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Floor Mats Aut •3-point rear center seat belts •3.7L V6 ENGINE (STD) V6 Cylinder Engine Gasoline Fuel •3.7L V6 engine •4-wheel traction control •5-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (STD) A/T 5-Speed A/T •5-speed automatic transmission •5900# GVWR •60/40 folding rear seat •730-amp maintenance-free battery •AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers •Air conditioning •Auxiliary front 12-volt pwr outlet •CARGO CONVENIENCE GROUP Luggage Rack •Carpeted cargo area-inc: trim panel mounted storage net tie down loops net reversible waterproof storage •Child seat upper tether anchorages •Cloth covered headliner •Cloth low-back front bucket seats w/lumbar adjustment •DAYTIME RUNNING LAMPS Daytime Running Lights •Day/night rearview mirror •Deep tinted sunscreen glass •Driver & front passenger advanced multistage airbags •Dual note horn •EXTERIOR •Electronic stability program •Enhanced accident response system unlocks the doors shuts off the fuel pump and turns on interior lights after airbag deploys •FOG LAMPS Fog Lamps •Fixed long mast antenna •Flip-up liftgate glass •Fold away pwr mirrors •Front & rear supplemental side curtain air bags •Front door tinted glass •Front license plate bracket •Full floor & cargo compartment carpeting •Full size spare tire w/17 steel wheel •Full-length floor console •Halogen headlamps •Hood insulation •INTERIOR •Illuminated entry •Instrument cluster w/tachometer •LATCH-ready child seat anchor system •LEATHER TRIMMED FRONT BUCKET SEATS Leather Steering Wheel Bucket Seats Steering Wheel Audio Controls Leather Seats •LUXURY FRONT Floor Mats •Lamps-inc: cargo compartment glove box front/rear courtesy rear reading •Laredo badge •Locking glove box •MECHANICAL •Molding-inc: bodyside black belt & windshield •Overhead console •P245/65R17 ALL-TERRAIN OWL TIRES Tires - Rear All-Terrain Tires - Front All-Terrain •P245/65R17 all-terrain BSW tires •PARKSENSE PARK ASSIST Rear Parking Aid •PREMIUM SOUND GROUP Power Outlet Premium Sound System Satellite Radio •Passenger assist handles •Pwr 8-way driver seat •Pwr accessory delay •Pwr anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes w/brake assist •Pwr door locks •Pwr front windows w/(1) touch up/down feature •Pwr rack & pinion steering •Pwr steering cooler •QUADRA-DRIVE II 4X4 GROUP Four Wheel Drive Locking/Limited Slip Differential •Quadra-Trac I full-time 4WD system •Rear window defroster •Rear window wiper/washer •Remote keyless entry •SAFETY •Sentry Key theft deterrent system •Speed control •Tilt steering column •Tire pressure monitoring warning •Traveler/mini trip computer •UCONNECT HANDS-FREE COMMUNICATION Bluetooth Connection •Variable intermittent windshield wipers •Vehicle information center •Visor vanity mirrors"

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Love driving down the expressway with the sunroof open, stereo on and talking with friends on handsfree cellphone ucorrect!

Reliable,Sturdy,Convenient and Cozy...Love Jeep!

By on Friday, September 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great to drive...."

Cons: "no mp3 connections"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have driven the car for a year and its sustainablilty has been amazing, no major mechanical issues. This car drives well, the steering wheel has a comfortable grip and the seating is comfortable....Loved this car so much, that I do not want to drive any other suv besides jeep"

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

The best SUV I ever own

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 198,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "A great vehicle to drive."

Cons: "Could be a little bit better on gas millage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Jeep is 4.7 V8 all wheel drive flex fuel. It is an excellent vehicle to have during the winter months. With over 198,000 mile and still purrs like a champ. Gas millage not so good. The V6 gets better millage but is prone to more repairs according to people I talk with that owns the V6. If you don't mind the 15-17 mile per gallon, then you will love this vehicle. No major repair except for the water pump. Just the basic maintenance: brakes,oil change,tune up,tires,wiper blades etc."

22 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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