What's New for 2013:
- Trailhawk trim level has Kevlar-reinforced tires, rock rail body protection, Quadra-Lift air suspension, and a Selec-Terrain traction control system
- Overland Summit trim level gains standard front park-assist sensors, power-folding exterior mirrors, and headlight washers
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 5-passenger SUV with genuine off-road capability when equipped with optional 4-wheel drive (4WD). The model lineup includes the Laredo, Trailhawk, Limited, Overland, and the Overland Summit. Standard equipment for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo includes power heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, fog lights, dark-tinted privacy glass, flip-up rear window glass, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is equipped with standard dual-zone manual air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, trip computer, fold-flat front passenger seat, and a 6-speaker stereo with a CD/MP3 player.
Options for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo include keyless entry and ignition, remote engine starting, power driver seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, and roof rails. The Laredo can also be equipped with an upgraded audio system with satellite radio, Uconnect Bluetooth connectivity, reversing camera, parking sensors, roof rails, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Off-roading and trailer towing equipment is also optional on this trim, and versions with 4WD can be upgraded with a Selec-Terrain traction control system, which modifies powertrain response depending on the type of surface the Grand Cherokee is traversing, according to Jeep.
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is based on the Laredo with 4WD. Jeep calls it \"the most capable Grand Cherokee ever,\" and the Trailhawk features leather seats with suede inserts, slush floor mats, Kevlar-reinforced tires, rock rail body protection, Quadra-Lift air suspension, and a Selec-Terrain traction control system. Trailhawk models with a V-8 engine also include a Quadra-Drive II 4WD system and a rear locking differential.
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited is equipped with leather seats, power front seats, heated front and rear seats, memory for the driver's settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a premium sound system. Uconnect Bluetooth connectivity is also included on the Limited trim, along with keyless entry and ignition, remote engine starting, rear parking sensors, and a reversing camera. Auto-dimming xenon headlights and rain-sensing wipers are standard on the Limited, along with a panoramic sunroof, navigation system, and polished 18-inch aluminum wheels. With 4WD, a 2-speed transfer case and Jeep's Selec-Terrain system are standard.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland includes premium leather upholstery, real wood interior trim, heated and ventilated front seats, heated power tilt/telescoping steering wheel wrapped in leather and wood, navigation system, power liftgate, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. Quadra-Drive 4WD and a Quadra-Lift air suspension are standard on 4WD versions of the Overland.
A chrome mesh grille, chrome tow hooks, two-tone Saddle and Black leather interior, and a unique set of 20-inch aluminum wheels define the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit trim. Front and rear park-assist sensors, power-folding exterior mirror, headlight washers, rear-seat entertainment system, and a power sunroof are also standard on this trim. The Overland Summit also includes a blind-spot monitoring system and a rear cross-path detection system.
Under the Hood
A 3.6-liter V-6 engine generating 290 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque is standard for the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with 90% of peak torque between 1,600 and 6,400 rpm, according to Jeep. A 5-speed automatic transmission powers the rear (2WD) or all four wheels, and maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.
A 5.7-liter V-8 engine generating 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque is optional on Trailhawk, Limited, Overland, and Overland Summit trim levels. A cylinder-deactivation system, which allows the V-8 to operate on just 4 cylinders under certain conditions, is designed to conserve fuel. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard, driving the rear or all four wheels, and with this engine the Grand Cherokee is rated to tow up to 7,400 pounds.
Jeep offers three different 4WD systems on the 2013 Grand Cherokee. Quadra-Trac I employs a single-speed transfer case to provide full-time 4WD capability. Quadra-Trac II features a 2-speed transfer case and constantly monitors wheel slip to send as much as 100% of the engine's power to either the front or rear axle. A third system, Quadra-Drive II, uses a rear electronic limited-slip differential to detect slip and redistribute power to the individual wheels with the best traction.
Another feature offered on Grand Cherokees with 4WD is Selec-Terrain technology, which adjusts drivetrain calibration and response based on the driver's selection of five different settings: Auto, Snow, Sport, Mud/Sand, and Rock. Grand Cherokee Overland and Overland Summit trim levels also have a Quadra-Lift air suspension system with Normal, Off-Road I, Off-Road II, Park, and Aero modes.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee are:
- Grand Cherokee V-6 2WD: 17/23/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Grand Cherokee V-6 4WD: 16/23/19 mpg
- Grand Cherokee V-8 2WD: 14/20/16 mpg
- Grand Cherokee V-8 4WD: 13/20/15 mpg
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with 6 air bags, stability and roll stability control, brake traction control, trailer sway control, and hill-start assist. The Jeep's 4-wheel-disc anti-lock braking system includes rough-road detection, brake assist, rain brake support, and ready-alert braking. Optional safety equipment includes park-assist sensors, reversing camera, adaptive cruise control with a forward-collision warning system, blind-spot monitoring system, and a rear cross-path detection system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee a 4- (out of 5) star overall crash-test rating. For rollover resistance, the 2WD model gets 3 stars, while the 4WD model gets 4 stars. As this overview was written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not tested the 2013 Grand Cherokee. However, the structurally identical 2012 model was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Institute.