There aren’t many SUV models we can name that come in variants ranging from fuel-sipping diesel through tire-shredding HEMI V-8, or from bare-bones cloth interiors through premium leather with real wood trim. In fact, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee may be unique in the number of versions it serves up, as well as in the capabilities each delivers.
While the Jeep Grand Cherokee is at home in the city, it can also be equipped to travel far beyond where the buses run, which is becoming a bit of a rarity as more manufacturers turn their attention to crossovers that may look the part, but don’t serve up genuine off-road capabilities. The real beauty of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, then, is that it can be configured to meet the needs of groups as diverse as soccer moms and those whose idea of a weekend drive involves trails not accessible without serious four-wheel drive.
While Jeep has refreshed the Grand Cherokee’s looks a bit for 2014, the real news comes under the hood,...