Best Base SUV Trim? 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo from $29,000

We all know the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is the best truck ever to don the seven-slat grille.

Watching the SRT GC’s launch control starts are intoxicating, and the latest LED style of a pinched horseshoe in the headlight graphic is very appealing.

The top-spec Summit trim even brings some heavenly new open-pore woods and fine leathers to the cabin – but at a price.

The top Grand Cherokee’s become quite expensive in the higher trim levels – even kissing $50,000 for the diesel engine in some trims.

What about a GC for the rest of us? The 2014 Laredo holds the line with a $29,000 base price – lower than most ford Explorers and lower than the embarassing new Cherokee Trailhawk that can hit the high $30’s with a few options.

But the GC is a fantastic machine even in this affordable Laredo spec. Yes, you lose the LED accents from the headlights, but the core machine is still exceptional.


A potent V6 engine is paired with an exceptional eight-speed automatic for the first time, and various 4WD systems are offered as cost extras.

In this overlapping price range in the Jeep line-up, the GC Laredo is a far more honest and durable truck than its little sibling.


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