2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

MSRP $30,215 - $42,295

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes fully redesigned with some major exterior and interior changes. It has become larger in all dimensions while the weight has also increased significantly. The old 3.7 L V6 has been replaced with a new much more powerful 3.6 L V6 engine coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Along with power and torque, the efficiency has also increased all of which makes the Grand Cherokee a better machine. 

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Pros

Strong engine options

High-quality interior

Impressive off-road capabilities

Cons

Lower cargo space

What's New?

Fully redesigned for 2011


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30215

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

114.8 in.

length

189.8 in.

width

76.3 in.

height

69.4 in.

curb weight

4470 lbs.

ground clearance

10.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

2030 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

565.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

70th Anniversary$30,215 onwards

Laredo$30,215 onwards

Limited$36,715 onwards

Overland$38,795 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Brilliant Black color
Brilliant Black

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


The exterior of the 2011 Grand Cherokee comes with a revolutionary redesign that embarks a new saga in the history of Jeep as it looks so much better than its predecessor. The overall design is now sleeker and more fluidic and compared to this design, the older models look ugly and disappointing. Prices start at $30,215 for the new Grand Cherokee and it competes with the Buick Enclave, Ford Edge, and the Nissan Murano.


6.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features

6.5/10

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in three main trims which are Laredo, Limited, and Overland. All trims are available in 2WD and 4WD configurations and come equipped with the new 3.6 L V6 engine while a 5.7 L V8 engine is optional. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic which is the only transmission available. The following table shows the detailed list of features and the prices of all of the trims-

Trim

Laredo

Limited

Overland

MSRP

$30,215 (2WD)

$32,215 (4WD)

$36,715 (2WD)

$39,215 (4WD)

$38,795 (2WD)

$42,295 (4WD)

Key Features

Sheldon cloth low-back bucket seats with Wallace II cloth bolsters (in Black or Medium Graystone)

Capri leather upholstery

Nappa ventilated leather upholstery

 

Dual-Zone Temperature Control

CommandView panoramic dual-pane full power sunroof 

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Heated front seats

Alpine Premium Audio System — nine speakers with subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier

Wood and leather-wrapped with audio, speed, EVIC, Voice Command, and Adaptive Speed controls

 

Six speakers 

Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control

Media Center 730N AM/FM/CD/DVD(19) radio with MP3/WMA support, 6.5-inch touch screen

 

Hill Start Assist (HSA)

Heated second-row seats

20-inch Satin Carbon 

Painted Cast Aluminum wheels

 

Eight-way power driver seat

Jeep Memory System

 

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The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the Limited trim is the ideal choice as it comes with better features and more luxury over the base trim. It also gets some extra available features including the Uconnect Media Center 730N radio with navigation and Sirius Traffic. All of this makes the Limited trim the ideal choice and it could also be equipped with the stronger V8 engine if needed. 

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with a new standard 3.6 L engine under the hood putting out 290 hp and 260 lb-ft power and torque which is 80 hp and 25 lb-ft more than what the older-gen model put out which is a significant improvement. The engine is powerful and the Grand Cherokee could be configured in RWD as well as 4WD in any of the available trim choices. 

The 2011 Grand Cherokee goes to 60mph in 8.2 seconds and achieves the quarter-mile distance in 16.3 seconds. These figures, considering the higher power output are not super impressive but they are pretty good. The higher weight does affect the speed of the Grand Cherokee. But it drives and handles much better while also offering very good ride quality. 

Model

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

2011 Buick Enclave CX

2011 Ford Edge Limited 

2011 Nissan Murano SL

MSRP

$36,715

$35,865

$34,650

$36,400

Engine

3.6 L V6

3.6 L V6

3.5 L V6

3.5 L V6

Drivetrain

RWD/4WD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

5-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

Power

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

285 hp @ 6500 rpm

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

260 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

270 ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm

253 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

240 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.2

7.9

6.8

7.0

Quarter mile (mph)

16.3

16.2

15.4

16.0

Top speed (mph)

113

133

136

135

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most powerful one here closely followed by the Buick Enclave which is more torquey. The fastest one here is actually the Ford Edge which reaches 60mph in 6.8 seconds. The Ford and the Nissan are the better-handling machines, with their crossover-like design and smaller footprint while the largest one here, the Buick Enclave is also the worst. The Grand Cherokee is in the middle grounds in terms of on-road performance but beats all the others when it comes to off-roading. 

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Jeep Grand Cherokee with the new comes with a very slight improvement in highway fuel economy only. Other figures remain unchanged and that is 16 mpg in the city 23 on the highway and a combined efficiency of 18 mpg. The Grand Cherokee also gets a much larger tank compared to the competition as well as its predecessor. The 24.6-gallon fuel tank enables the Grand Cherokee to reach up to 443 miles without refueling. 

Model

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

2011 Buick Enclave CX

2011 Ford Edge Limited 

2011 Nissan Murano SL

MPG (city)

16

17

19

18

MPG (Highway)

23

24

27

23

MPG (Combined)

18

19

22

20

Fuel Capacity

24.6

22.0

18.0

21.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

394/566/443

374/528/418

342/486/396

391/499/434

The Grand Cherokee is the least efficient one here while it comes with the most range. The Ford Edge is the most powerful one followed by the Nissan Murano. Even though the fuel efficiency of the Grand Cherokee has increased, it is still not sufficient to keep up with the competition. And if equipped with the stronger 5.7 L V8, the fuel economy will drop down to 13 and 19 mpg in the city and highway respectively while gaining extra power. 

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior

8.0/10

The drastic improvement in the 2011 version of the Grand Cherokee continues in the interior department also. There are now more premium and better quality materials inside the cabin and the dashboard now looks very much nicer and neater. The interior is spacious and offers plenty of space in both rows. The Grand Cherokee also comes with an impressive 36.3 cu-ft cargo capacity which is plenty enough for your luggage during long trips. 

The low-back bucket seats are supportive and comfortable and covered in Sheldon cloth colored in Black or Medium Graystone in the base trim. The mid-level Limited trim comes with the seats covered in Capri leather while the top-end ‘Overland’ gets Nappa ventilated leather with Axis II perforated inserts along with accent color edge welting bolsters. Overall the interior of the Grand Cherokee is comfortable and luxurious with enough space. 

Model

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

2011 Buick Enclave CX

2011 Ford Edge Limited 

2011 Nissan Murano SL

Seating Capacity

5

7

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.0/58.6/40.3

40.4/62.0/41.3

40.0/58.9/40.7

38.3/59.6/43.6

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/58.0/38.6

39.0/61.4/36.9

39.3/58.7/39.6

38.1/58.7/36.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

36.3

23.3

32.2

31.6

All SUVs features here come with a high-quality interior made up of premium materials and all of them are luxurious and comfortable. However, the Buick Enclave offers an extra third row which actually is spacious enough to seat adults. The Ford Edge, however, comes with the best second row while the first-row space is similar in all of these models. The Grand Cherokee has the most cargo capacity and overall it is a great option considering the high-quality interior. The following are its standout interior features-

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control includes infrared sensors and rear seat outlets
  • Air filtration system
  • Carpeted, includes luggage compartment scuff plate 
  • Jeep Memory System
  • Nappa ventilated leather with Axis II perforated inserts low-back bucket seats with accent color edge welting bolsters 
  • Heated Seats 
  • Eight-way power driver and front passenger seats

How intuitive is the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s infotainment unit?

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with a Media Center infotainment unit consisting of a 6.5-inch touch screen infotainment unit. The infotainment and navigation system is good but not as capable or intuitive as what some of the rivals offer. The audio system consists of a six-speaker unit in the base trim. The Limited and Overland trims come equipped with an Alpine Premium Audio System consisting of nine speakers with a subwoofer and a 506-watt amplifier. The following are the standout infotainment features-

  • Media Center 730N AM/FM/CD/DVD radio with MP3/WMA support
  • 6.5-inch touch screen
  • Alpine Premium Audio System
  • 30GB hard drive with 4,250 song capacity
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Voice Command
  • GPS Navigation
  • Sirius Traffic
  • Uconnect Phone

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Exterior

7.0/10

The new 2011 Grand Cherokee looks bold and beautiful and is available in eight color options. The design is drastic and changes the whole attire of the Grand Cherokee. The new design language is sleeker and smoother and just not plain ugly like the older model. The front-end features smaller and more civilized-looking headlamps while the rear-end is mostly the same.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes equipped with 17-inch cast aluminum in the base Laredo trim while the mid-level Limited trim gets 18-inch polished cast aluminum alloys and the top-end Overland trim comes with 20-inch satin carbon painted cast-aluminum wheels. There are also some other wheel options offered by Jeep from Mopar as authentic accessories. Overall, the redesigned Grand Cherokee is an impressive option in this segment. 

Model

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

2011 Buick Enclave CX

2011 Ford Edge Limited 

2011 Nissan Murano SL

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,600

4,780

4,082

4,015

Length (in.)

189.8

201.8

184.2

189.9

Width (in.)

76.3

79.0

76.0

74.1

Height (in.)

69.4

72.5

67.0

68.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.6

8.4

7.9

7.4

Wheelbase (in.)

114.8

118.9

111.2

111.2

All models except the Buick Enclave look awesome while the Buick is just bizarre-looking. The Buick is obviously the heaviest, longest, and widest as it comes with an extra third row. The Jeep comes with the most ground clearance as it is also the most off-road capable. The following are some of the most important exterior features of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee-

  • CommandView panoramic dual-pane full power sunroof 
  • Bright side roof rails
  • Front, speed-sensitive, variable intermittent wiper system with a one-gallon fluid capacity
  • Power liftgate, with FOBIK, an overhead console, and rear cargo area control
  • Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with an automatic headlamp leveling system
  • Power exterior mirror with a memory, heating element, and blind-spot indicator
  • 20-inch Satin Carbon Painted Cast Aluminum

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety

9.0/10

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been safety and crash-tested by both NHTSA as well as IIHS. It gets an overall 4-star rating from NHTSA and impressive 5-star ratings for all side crash tests conducted. IIHS has also selected the Grand Cherokee as one of its Top Safety Picks for 2011 which further ensures the safety of this one. The Grand Cherokee is also equipped with a lot of advanced safety features which include the following-

  • Rainy Brake Support 
  • ParkSense Rear Park Assist System 
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) 
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)(8) and Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Trailer Sway Control (TSC)
  • Rear Cross -Path Detection

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Final Verdict

The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes fully redesigned and many of its major drawbacks have been rectified. The Grand Cherokee offers a strong and powerful engine under the hood along with capable handling. The interior quality is also impressive and both the rows offer enough space along with plenty of cargo area. It also comes with impressive off-road capabilities. Overall, the Grand Cherokee is a superb option in this segment. 

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