Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overview
The Grand Cherokee is starting to get up in years, yet like the matriarch of the herd, it is still respected and feared by the competition. Increasingly viewed as a status symbol, not many Grand Cherokee owners ever take advantage of the Jeep's legendary off-road abilities. That's a real shame, because the Grand Cherokee is one of the few SUVs that can really roll up its sleeves and get dirty.
Available in two trim levels, the Laredo and the Limited, the Grand Cherokee can be ordered in rear-wheel or 4WD. Both come standard with a 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine; a 4.7-liter V8 is optional on the Limited only. Both engines provide more than enough power but some might find the V8 a bit thirsty. On the open highway, the Grand Cherokee's ride remains controlled and comfortable, but gets jittery when it encounters bumps and dips. The steering is bit vague and the solid-axle suspension does little to inspire confidence in emergency lane change maneuvers. Road and wind noise are about average for this type of vehicle but owners of the 4.0-liter inline six will notice a considerable growl from under the hood.
Off road, the Grand Cherokee offers up two excellent and proven 4-wheel-drive systems. Jeep's Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel drive, with high/low transfer case, allows the driver to remain in 4WD at all times on all road conditions. It shuffles power from the rear wheels to the front as needed. The advanced Quadra-drive system sends power to each wheel individually and can actually operate with just a single wheel in motion, if the situation so requires.
Inside, the Grand Cherokee is not a particularly roomy vehicle. The back seat is cramped for full-sized people. But cargo space is improved now that the spare tire has been relocated underneath the rear cargo floor. The dashboard is very attractive and well laid out, with full gauges and easy-to-read controls. We found the seats to be too soft though, lacking good back and thigh support and the driving position seemed low. Visibility is good and the Grand Cherokee's compact size makes it easy to park and maneuver.