AutoWeek: 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland CRD
2007 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE OVERLAND CRD
AS-TESTED PRICE: $45,910
DRIVETRAIN: 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6; 4wd, five-speed automatic
OUTPUT: 215 hp @ 3800 rpm, 376 lb-ft @ 1600-2800 rpm
CURB WEIGHT: 4804 lb
FUEL ECONOMY (EPA/AW): 22/19.8 mpg
OPTIONS: Customer-preferred package, including 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine, 22-gallon fuel tank, engine-block heater ($2,010); P245/65R-17 OWL all-terrain tires ($190)
OUR TAKE: We freaked out when we saw the sticker on this vehicle. Mercedes-Benz’s ML320 CDI starts at $44,500, which begs the question: Why on earth would anyone pay more for a Jeep than a Benz?
The diesel-powered Jeep can be had in a lesser, Limited trim, but that’s still a $38,000 vehicle with no options. We think the Grand Cherokee should top-out at that price, fully loaded.
The good news is this diesel engine is identical to the one found under the hood of any Benz with a 320 CDI. The only real difference between the powertrains is the transmission found in the Benz has two extra gears.
It’s a torquey thing, too, this engine. There’s good pulling power at any rev, and once under way, the clackety-clack fades away. The rest is typical Grand Cherokee: A tough-feeling truck with a sub-par—at least materials-wise—interior. But most on staff wished for the ML instead of this Grand Cherokee. Sure, the $6,000 price differential is a lot to consumers, but nearly everything in the Benz is near ideal, and the only ideal thing in this Jeep is the engine. We also wished for a bit better fuel economy; we expected real-world figures closer to 23-24 mpg instead of the 19.8 we found.