The Jeep brand has become synonymous with stellar off road capabilities and a classic rugged look. And as some mid-size luxury SUVs have been making the transition to a more luxurious look and feel, and better fuel economy, the off road company has found a unique balance of fuel economy and 420 lb-ft torque in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel.
So what does more torque and better fuel economy mean for the high power car enthusiast? It means winding in and out of traffic on the highway may be a little more laborious, but the torque achieved off the line, and in the mountains, is usually more attractive to the standard Jeep enthusiast.
The fuel and eco-friendly lineup for mid-size SUVs is pretty small these days. For hybrid fans, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid has gone mainly unchallenged since its public introduction in 2005. And as for mid-size diesel SUVs, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, and Porsche have released competitors to the original diesel engine option in the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee. According to Motor Trend, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel boasts a 21/28 mpg, while the Porsche Cayenne Diesel rated 19/29 mpg, and the Volkswagen Touareg Diesel rated 20/29.
The shining feature to increase performance seems to be the all new eight-speed transmission. According to Jeep, the exceptional, new eight-speed automatic transmission provides better fuel economy, quicker acceleration and smoother shifting. And for anyone interested in taking the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel off-road, Jeep hasn’t skimped on the experience. The Selec-Terrain traction control system offers five modes to tackle snow, mud, sand or rock, in addition to asphalt. Enhanced off-road traction performance options are available in the Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II 4WD systems; while the unique Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension offers a selection of height settings for optimum performance.
It seems the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel is a strong, fuel efficient SUV. If you’re interested in this luxury SUV but you need to sell your car in Dallas for some extra cash, check out the vOffer guarantee.
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