We waited a bit for this one. Even though we drove a preproduction 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel a year ago for our first look video, these torquey models didn’t show up in showrooms until November. This might have cost some sales by those who grew tired of waiting, according to some Jeep forums, but it didn’t deter us from purchasing one to test.
Opting for the diesel adds a substantial $4,500 to our Limited trim line’s sticker price. That’s $1,305 more than a 5.7-liter Hemi V8. At least getting the diesel brings a $1,000 discount for the Luxury Group II option package, canceling most of that price difference between an equally-equipped diesel and the V8. While this package still set us back $3,000, it included premium upgrades, such as HID headlights, ventilated seats, power steering wheel adjustments, a big panoramic sunroof, and automatic high beams.
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