2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: Real-World Fuel Economy

For my fellow Jeepers who wish the brand would offer more diesel options here at home …

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By Aaron Bragman  on July 7, 2015

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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee; Cars.com photo by Aaron Bragman

I’ve never understood why diesel engines aren’t more popular in the U.S. Our love of trucks and thirst for torque, towing ability, fuel economy and just plain old grunt seem to match up to diesel’s characteristics, yet such engines remain in the realm of either heavy-duty work trucks or expensive luxury SUVs. Thankfully,  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has started to take its light-duty diesel engine and pop it into more approachable products, such as the Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Related: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Versus 2015 Nissan Murano

The turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 makes just 240 horsepower but 420 pounds-feet of rock-climbing, boat-pulling, tire-smoking torque. Putting the diesel in FCA’s most popular SUV makes for a vehicle that provides both a measure of fuel efficiency and Hemi V-8 levels of grunt. The turbo-diesel delivers 30 pounds-feet more torque…

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