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UPDATED: Jun 24, 2019

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Since undergoing a total facelift for the 2011 model year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been raking in the accolades.

Ward’s magazine rated the Cherokee’s interior as one of the top ten among new vehicles for 2011, and the Grand Cherokee’s redesigned 3.6 liter V6 engine received an identical honor.

The 2011 Cherokee is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick,” and its performance in government crash testing earned it a top 5-star rating. MSN Autos designated it the “Safest Sport Utility Vehicle” for 2011.

Consumers Digest named the 2011 Jeep Cherokee a “Best Buy,” and Popular Mechanics magazine honored the SUV with its “Auto Excellence Award” for its off-road capability.

Four Wheeler magazine selected the Jeep Grand Cherokee as the 2011 “Four Wheeler of the Year,” and this midsize SUV also holds AutoWeek’s “Best of the Best” title for the truck category and Detroit News’ “Truck of the Year” title.

Keep on reading for information about Jeep Grand Cherokee auto insurance rates or enter your ZIP code above to compare Grand Cherokee auto insurance premiums in your area.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Auto Insurance Rates

After you’ve owned your vehicle for five years, you’ll have paid a total of about $5,018 to insure your 2-wheel drive Jeep Laredo, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) estimates.

This 5-year auto insurance rate estimate for the base model Jeep Grand Cherokee represents an annual premium of slightly more than $1,000, and a monthly premium of roughly $86. This NADA rate estimate is for experienced drivers who have been on the road for more than six years.

If your driving history is shorter than three years, the NADA projects that you’ll pay closer to $240 per month to insure a 2011 Jeep Cherokee Laredo.

The 2-wheel drive Laredo is the lowest-priced Cherokee, with a starting MSRP of $30,215. The most expensive Grand Cherokee is the 4-wheel drive Overland Summit, which starts at $46,380.

For an experienced driver, the NADA predicts that it will cost about $10 more per month to insure than the base model Jeep Laredo. For inexperienced drivers, the monthly rate will be about $268.

Keep in mind, though, that a poor driving record or credit history can significantly inflate your auto insurance rates, no matter how long your driving history is.

Auto Insurance Rates for Competitors

Along with the Ford Explorer, the NADA’s estimated 5-year auto insurance rates for the Jeep Grand Cherokee are some of the lowest in its class.

Premiums for the Dodge Durango are expected to total $5,423 after five years, and the NADA expects that a Buick Enclave will cost the average owner $5,644 to insure.

For the Chevy Traverse and the Mazda CX-9, accumulated auto insurance costs are expected to reach $5,590 after five years.

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Grand Cherokee Repair and Maintenance

The NADA predicts that it will cost you $2,751 to maintain your Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo over five years, and $1,774 to repair it.

The 2011 Grand Cherokee’s repair costs are similar to those for the Dodge Durango, but they’re approximately $100 more than the 5-year repair costs for the CX-9 and Enclave SUVs, as estimated by the NADA.

The Cherokee Laredo’s 5-year routine maintenance bills are expected to tally up to slightly less than the Dodge Durango’s, but far more than the $2,096 estimate for the 2011 Traverse.

Fuel Economy for the Grand Cherokee

Since Jeep only offers one engine choice for the Grand Cherokee, all models get the same fuel mileage.

At 16 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway, the NADA projects that a driver who covers 15,000 miles annually will pay $16,196 for gas over five years. This estimate assumes no major price fluctuations, though.

Among midsize SUVs, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the most fuel efficient choice, getting 28 mpg in both highway and city driving.

If you’re not interested in paying more for a hybrid, consider the Toyota Venza, Kia Sorento, or gasoline-powered Toyota Highlander. All three SUVs get over 20 mpg around town and between 25 and 27 mpg at highway speeds.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Utility

Although many drivers will select the 2011 Jeep Cherokee for its looks and interior comfort, others will use it for outdoor activities like camping and boating. Most Jeep Grand Cherokee models have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, but a few models can tow up to 7,200 pounds.

For off-roading, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with high-tech driver-assist features like hill descent control, traction control, and an optional air suspension system that adjusts the Cherokee’s clearance.

Reviewers like Autoblog and Road and Track say these systems work so well that they might take the fun out of off-roading for some drivers.

U.S. News and World Report says that the rear seat is far roomier than in past model years, but the Grand Cherokee’s cargo space may be inadequate for road trips with a few passengers.

At only 35.1 cubic feet with the rear seat in use, the Cherokee can’t accommodate nearly as much cargo as Toyota’s 4Runner or Ford’s Explorer.

Folding down the rear seat creates a 68.7-cubic foot cargo area, but that’s still 20 fewer cubic feet than the 4Runner’s maximum capacity.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety

Both on- and off-road, the Grand Cherokee protects occupants with unique features like brake and hill start assist, an accident response system, and side curtain airbags.

Optional safety gadgets like rear parking assist and adaptive cruise control are also available.

The Cherokee’s “Top Safety Pick” designation means that it earned exceptional crash test scores from the IIHS, but the federal government hasn’t tested the 2011 model yet.

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