You may have heard that Jeep Grand Cherokees from some years are unreliable. What is the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s reliability by year?

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability By The Year

Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2020, 2019, 2013, 2008, and 1995 are all reliable. The 2011, 2012, and 2014 models have problems, and many people complained to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about these SUVs. New Jeep Grand Cherokees are good vehicles. 

I have been selling vehicles for many years and know that Grand Cherokees from certain years have problems. Newer Cherokees are reliable and not like the problematic early 2010s models. I own a 2019 Grand Cherokee and expect it to last for quite a while with proper maintenance. 

What Are the Most Reliable Years for Grand Cherokees?

Grand Cherokees from 2020 are the most reliable. Probably 2021 and 2022 Grand Cherokees are reliable, but it might be too early to tell. 2019, 2013, 2008, and 1995 Grand Cherokees are all dependable SUVs.

2020 Grand Cherokees

The 2020 model might be the best choice if you want a slightly used Cherokee. 2020 Cherokees are certainly reliable. The suspension on each wheel is also fully independent, so they are more comfortable than earlier models. 

2019 Grand Cherokees

2019 Grand Cherokees are also great if you are looking for a relatively new Grand Cherokee with low mileage. The warranty has expired at this point, even if the mileage is low, and the suspension is not quite as good as for 2020 and later Cherokees. However, customers love the 2019 model.

2013 Grand Cherokees

While there were a lot of complaints about Grand Cherokees from 2011, 2012, and 2014, the 2013 Cherokees seem to be more reliable. Be sure to learn about the history of an older vehicle that you buy. The interior isn’t the same as a recent Cherokee and doesn’t have as many features. 

You may be able to get a Grand Cherokee that will last for a long time without needing major repairs if you get a 2013 model. If it has low mileage and hasn’t been used to tow a heady camper all over the country, you might get a great SUV for a low price. 

2008 Grand Cherokee

Arguably, the 2008 Jeep Cherokee looks better than the 2022 Jeep Cherokee does, both inside and outside. Not everyone agrees, but I really like the look of the old 2008 Cherokee. 

The vehicle does lack some more modern features. Finding a 2008 vehicle in good condition can be a challenge. If you can find one, they are great SUVs.

1995 Grand Cherokee

You probably can’t find such an old vehicle in good condition today. However, the 1995 Cherokee has very solidly built mechanical parts that you can depend on. The 1995 Cherokee performs very well off-road. 

1995 Grand Cherokees lack some modern safety features. They do not have anti-lock brakes or airbags. 

Are Jeep Grand Cherokees Reliable?

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In the short run, the Jeep Grand Cherokees of recent years are reliable. They aren’t likely to break down before the warranty runs out. However, they don’t last as long as vehicles that are designed to last a very long time. 

For example, Toyota Land Cruisers are known for how long they last. A Toyota land cruiser lasts for 200,000 miles about 18% of the time.

A Jeep Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, reaches 200,000 miles only 0.8% of the time. It has a one out of 125 chance, compared to one in five or six for Land Cruisers. 

Most Vehicles Are Not Built to Last as Long as Possible

An average comparable vehicle doesn’t last that much longer than a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The industry average is a 1.2% chance of reaching the 200,000-mile mark. 

Manufacturers do not use the sturdy but expensive parts necessary to make cars run for 200,000 miles. Not many customers are interested in very long-lasting but expensive vehicles. 

Complaints About Grand Cherokees Per Year

In both 2011 and 2012, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) received more than 1500 complaints about Jeep Grand Cherokees. The 2013 models are better than others – the NHTSA received only 700 complaints. 

The 2013 models are better than the other models from the first half of the 2010s. If you get a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee with low mileage, it might last quite a while before it needs expensive repairs. 

2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Cherokees are good vehicles. Ford listened to the complaints and fixed the problems, so they are much better vehicles now. 

Newer Grand Cherokees Are Better

As many as nineteen hundred people complained about the 2014 Cherokee, followed by 900 in 2015. The 2016 model received less than 200 complaints, and all newer models received less than 200. 

However, the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee still received bad dependability ratings, so I do not recommend the 2016 model.

Is Buying a Used Grand Cherokee a Good Idea?

If someone is offering a used Cherokee for a good price, they are great SUVs. If you buy a used Jeep Grand Cherokee, make sure to learn as much about it as possible. If it has a lot of miles on it, find out how many parts have been repaired or replaced. 

Find Out About How the Vehicle Has Been Used

Buying a used SUV with a lot of miles on it but has not had any parts repaired or replaced is never a good idea, especially not a problematic model like a Cherokee from 2011, 2012, or 2014. 

As soon as you get it, parts might start failing, and it might cost you more than a newer vehicle would have. 

The more you know about the vehicle, the better – merely knowing how many miles it has on it is not good enough. If someone used the SUV to tow an RV or anything else around, this means there is much more wear and tear on the car than the mileage suggests. Off-road driving can also wear out a vehicle faster. 

People Underestimate Used Vehicle Costs

People sometimes underestimate the cost of used cars, trucks, and SUVs. Sometimes you can save money by buying a used vehicle, but other times this will backfire. The older your vehicle is, the higher the yearly repair costs are likely to be. 

Particularly Long-Lasting Grand Cherokees

Some exceptional Grand Cherokees last much longer than others. For example, a 2014 Grand Cherokee made it to 305,000 miles. A 2013 Grand Cherokee made it to 177,645 miles, which is uncommon but not rare. 

One 1998 Grand Cherokee is still running after 272,300 miles. The owner recommends changing the oil often (once every 3500 miles) to keep the car running for as long as possible. 

The engine is potentially very long-lasting. Going easy on the gas pedal may keep it going for as long as the SUV lasts. 

Maintenance For Grand Cherokees

Grand Cherokees are fairly low maintenance until they start needing repairs. For example, a Grand Cherokee can go for at most 10,000 miles (sometimes only 3500 miles) without needing an oil change. 

Once every 30,000 miles, they need more significant maintenance, such as transmission fluid changes. 

Does the Jeep Grand Cherokee Have a Good Warranty?

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a warranty that lasts for 60,000 miles or three years. The powertrain is insured for five years as long as you are under 60,000 miles. 

Jeep Grand Cherokees usually work well until the end of their warranty as long as you do basic maintenance. However, after the warranty runs out, you can expect expensive repairs pretty fast. 

Ford doesn’t expect the SUVs to last much longer than their warranties. The powertrain and especially the transmission will fail, quite likely not while the warranty is still valid, but after it expires. 

What is the Worst Year for Jeep Grand Cherokees?

The worst year is probably 2014. There were a dozen recalls for Cherokees made in that year. There were plenty of different problems with these vehicles. 

In particular, Cherokees from 2014 had transmission problems. The transmission often failed before the SUVs even reached 40,000 miles. There were also problems with the gears and engines. 

Sometimes, a 2014 Cherokee might shift into neutral suddenly and unexpectedly. This is dangerous and can lead to an accident. Even if you can get a great price for a 2014 Cherokee, it may not be worth it. 

What Are Some Other Bad Years?

2005, 2011, and 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokees are likely to have problems. Unless you know that these problems have already been fixed, you should avoid these vehicles. 

Since these vehicles were recalled, some of them have had their problems fixed already. However, others may still have problems. 

2005 Grand Cherokees

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokees sometimes have serious problems, such as with the steering and braking systems. You should avoid them for safety reasons. There is also noise, problems with the seat belts, and water leaks.

2011 Grand Cherokees

People complained to the NHTSA more than 2000 times about the 2011 Grand Cherokees. The electrical system often doesn’t work, and the integrated power module may fail. The engine also has problems, as does the suspension. 

2012 Grand Cherokees

The engine and fuel system of the 2012 Grand Cherokee are faulty and will break down quickly. If you get a 2012 Grand Cherokee, you may have to make too many expensive repairs. 

Major Repairs Become Common After 100,000 Miles

After 100,000 miles, you can expect the cost of maintaining your vehicle to increase. If you love the SUV, you might try to keep it going for tens of thousands more miles, but you might be better off with a new vehicle at some point.

After a certain point, a lightly used vehicle with few problems is cheaper than maintaining an old vehicle. 

What is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?

The NHTSA is a US government agency that encourages road safety. They do many things, including listening to customer complaints about certain unsafe or unreliable vehicles:

  • Assisting state and local police
  • Giving vehicles a one to five-star safety rating
  • Conducting research on vehicle safety and safety technologies
  • Requiring manufacturers to warn people about safety defects
  • Giving out grants for highway safety improvements
  • Collecting statistics about car crashes
  • Managing drivers licenses

NHTSA Ratings for Jeep Grand Cherokees By Year

Jeep Grand Cherokees from the early 2010s were safe, despite their problems. Newer Grand Cherokees are also safe. Since 2011, the NHTSA overall safety rating for the vehicle has been:

  • 4 out of 5 for 2011 Grand Cherokees
  • 5 out of 5 for 2014 Grand Cherokees
  • 5/5 for 2015 Cherokees
  • 5/5 for 2016 Cherokees
  • 5/5 for 2017 Cherokees
  • 5/5 for 2019 Cherokees
  • 5/5 for 2020 Cherokees
  • 5/5 for 2021 Cherokees
  • 5/5 for 2022 Cherokees

The frontal crash ratings are a bit lower (4 out of 5 for most years since 2011, 5/5 for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017) and the rollover safety ratings are 3/5 for the 2011 model and 4/5 for every year since then. The side crash rating has always been a perfect 5/5 since 2011.

Some much older models of Jeep Grand Cherokees seem to be less safe. The front driver crash safety rating for 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2004 Cherokees is only three stars. Not all older models get low scores – the 2007 model got five stars for front driver crash safety. 

Key Takeaways

  • 2020, 2019, 2013, 2008, and 1995 Grand Cherokees are all dependable vehicles. 
  • Many models of cars have bad years.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokees from some years seem to be worse than others and should be avoided. 2015 may be another bad year for Grand Cherokees. 
  • The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee also has problems, it received a 1 out of 5 rating for dependability from Consumer Report
  • While Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2014 should be avoided, they are still safe vehicles.

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