Why the Jeep Grand Cherokee Is the Most Awarded SUV Ever

Trailhawk Recognition

For the 2016 model year, Jeep introduced the Trailhawk, a trim level of the Grand Cherokee and other models that swapped out many components and design elements for peerless off-road performance. At the 23rd Annual Northwest Automotive Press Association Mudfest, the Trailhawk Grand Cherokee earned the Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year award in the Premium Utility Vehicle segment. Four Wheeler Magazine also awarded the Trailhawk the 2017 SUV of the Year.

One of the most appealing traits of the Trailhawk to all those who awarded it is the Quadra-Drive II system, a 4×4 configuration that pushes the Grand Cherokee’s torque to class-leading levels.

Safety Recognition

The 2017 Grand Cherokee was listed as one of the Top 10 Safest Midsize SUVs by Autobytel, a respected website for automobile news and information. It’s likely not a surprise that the Grand Cherokee earned the highest possible rating of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s required crash tests.

Apart from the latest in multi-stage airbags and anti-crumple body design, the Grand Cherokee offers over 70 optional safety features. These include things like forward collision warning with automatic braking and ParkAssist, a collection of cameras and sensors for backing in and out of tight spaces.

Other Awards

The 2016 Grand Cherokee was listed on Autobytel’s list of the Top 10 SUVs. Edmunds, a similarly renown authority on automobiles, listed the 2016 Grand Cherokee as its most popular model in the Traditional Midsize SUV category, earning the most attention and driver accolades compared to competing models. It even won the IHS Markit Highest Owner Loyalty award, with the best track record of owner retention and repeat buying cycles between 2016 and 2017.

Other miscellaneous awards that all speak to the Grand Cherokee’s appeal include the Consumers Digest Automotive Best Buy award in the Midsize SUV category, calling it a superb package in regards to value for money. The Texas Auto Writers Association named it the 2017 Performance Utility (vehicle) of Texas, recognizing both its rewarding road manners on and off the pavement, its spacious interior, and its impressive towing capacity. Last but not least, Strategic Vision awarded the Jeep Grand Cherokee the 2016 Total Quality Award for Best Midsize SUV.

All of these awards and accolades highlight the many ways that the Jeep Grand Cherokee stands out from the competition. It’s a model with terrific capabilities and practical features, a Trailhawk model that passionate off-roaders shouldn’t think twice about getting, and the latest in driver and passenger protection. If you’re interested in a Jeep Grand Cherokee from 2016 or 2017, we’re happy to help you choose between your many options. Whether you’d like to schedule test drives soon or get some questions answered first, don’t hesitate to call or email us.


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