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2016 Grand Cherokee’s new V6 pays off

by David Zatz on

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee got a late start, but it was worth it: the body was lightened, partly through more use of aluminum, electric steering completely replaced the hydraulics, and the newly upgraded Pentastar V6 with standard stop-start appeared.

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The payoff for the new V6 is increased torque in the most frequently used range, and a trivial increase in horsepower. The fuel economy gain is impressive, though: the Grand Cherokee V6 moved from 17/25 with rear wheel drive to 19/26 (city/highway, EPA ratings).

4×4 owners gain just 1 mpg city — from 17/25 to 18/25, according to the EPA.  Some may see a larger boost from the stop-start setup.

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Durango owners also saw a gain, with the RWD model going to 19/27 and AWD to 18/25.

The EPA test has been criticized for understating the benefits of stop-start systems, and owners will get varying degrees of use from it. We have a full description of stop-start in general and FCA US’s specific use, which began some time ago with the Cherokee.

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