How Much Can a Jeep Grand Cherokee Tow?

The renowned American automobile marque, Jeep, has been manufacturing Grand Cherokees, a range of mid-size SUVs, since 1993. The vehicle is known for its astonishing towing capacity, among many other features. So, how much can a Jeep Grand Cherokee tow?

The average towing capacity of a Jeep Grand Cherokee is approximately anywhere between 3500 and 7200 pounds. The latest model (2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee) is a full-size SUV with a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine providing up to 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque for a maximum towing capacity of up to 7,200 pounds.

This article will discuss the towing capacity of different Jeep Grand Cherokee models over the years, so you know how much each can haul.

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How Much Can a Jeep Grand Cherokee Tow?

Jeep Grand Cherokee is more than just a family-hauling SUV but also provides you with one of the best towing capacities a vehicle can offer. 

Let’s look at the towing capacity of various Jeep Grand Cherokee models over the years and see which model can tow the most.

1. Jeep Grand Cherokee 2016

The most-used and base engine, the 3.6-liter V6, of the 2016 model Jeep Grand Cherokee produces 290 horsepower at 6400 revolutions per minute (rpm) and a torque of 260 lb-ft at 4800 rpm. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2016 has a maximum payload capacity of 1270 pounds; however its towing capacity varies depending on the type of engine.

  • Standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine provides a 6,200 pounds towing capacity.
  • 5.7L V8, class IV extra heavy-duty provides a 7,400 pounds towing capacity.
  • 6.4L V8 SRT provides a 7,200 pounds towing capacity.
  • 3.0L Eco diesel V6 provides a 7,200 pounds towing capacity.

2. Jeep Grand Cherokee 2017

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower at 6400 revolutions per minute (rpm) and a 260 lb-ft at 4800 rpm torque. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2017 has a maximum payload capacity of 1955 pounds, and was the first one modified in terms of towing capacity since 2014. 

However, its towing capacity also depends upon the type of engine.

The Standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine provides a 6,200 pounds towing capacity, while 5.7L Hemi V8, 6.4L Hemi V8, Supercharged 6.2L V8, and 3.0L Eco diesel V6 provides a 7,200 pounds of pulling power.

3. Jeep Grand Cherokee 2018

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2018 offers three engines. 

The base engine is a 3.6-liter V-6, the second one, a 5.7-liter V-8, is optional on Limited trims and above, and the third one, a V-8 engine, is an expensive option, and a significant margin doesn’t improve performance. 

The base engine provides a horsepower of 295 at 6400 rpm and a torque of 260 lb-ft at 4800 rpm.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2018 has a maximum payload capacity of 1180 pounds. The Standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine provides a 6,200 pounds towing capacity, while 5.7L Hemi V8, 6.4L Hemi V8, Supercharged 6.2L V8, and 3.0L Eco diesel V6 provide a 7,200 pounds towing capacity.

4. Jeep Grand Cherokee 2019

The base engine, a 3.6-liter V6, of the Jeep Grand Cherokee 2019 produces 295 horsepower at 6400 revolutions per minute (rpm) and a torque of 260 lb-ft at 4000 rpm. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2017 has a maximum payload capacity of 1955 pounds. The Standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine provides a 6,200 pounds towing capacity, while 5.7L Hemi V8, 6.4L Hemi V8, Supercharged 6.2L V8, and 3.0L Eco diesel V6 provide a 7,200 pounds towing capacity.

5. Jeep Grand Cherokee 2020

The base engine, a 3.6-liter V6, of the 2020 model Jeep Grand Cherokee, produces 293 hp at 6400 rpm, a torque of 260 lb-ft at 4000 rpm, and has a maximum payload capacity of 1180 pounds.

The Standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine provides a 6,200 pounds towing capacity, while 5.7L Hemi V8, 6.4L Hemi V8, Supercharged 6.2L V8, and 3.0L Eco diesel V6 provides a 7,200 pounds towing capacity.

6. Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021

The base engine, a 3.6-liter V6, of the 2021 model Jeep Grand Cherokee produces 290 hp at 6400 rpm, a torque of 257 lb-ft at 4000 rpm, and a maximum payload capacity of 1380 pounds.

This model comes with two types of engines. The Standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine provides a 3500 pounds towing capacity, and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 has a greater towing capacity of 7200 pounds.

7. Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022

The base engine, a 3.6-liter V6, of the 2022 model Jeep Grand Cherokee produces 293 hp at 6400 rpm, a torque of 260 lb-ft at 4000 rpm, and a maximum payload capacity of 1283 pounds.

This model comes with three engines. The Standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine provides a 6,200 pounds towing capacity, while 2.0L I4 DOHC DI Turbo Phev and 5.7L Hemi V8 have a towing capacity of 6000 and 7200 pounds, respectively.

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Final Thoughts On The Grand Cherokees Towing Capabilities

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is an excellent vehicle for towing boats, trailers, campers, and much more. 

The average towing capacity of a Jeep Grand Cherokee is between 3,500 to 7,200 pounds, which primarily differs depending upon the type of engine. 

Even the Grand Cherokees with a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, can easily tow medium-sized boats and off-road vehicles.

FAQs

Can a Jeep Grand Cherokee Tow a Boat/Jet Ski?

A Grand Cherokee can tow any boat/jet ski under its maximum towing capacity. When equipped, many smaller jet ski trailers and boats weigh less than 7,200 pounds, which is well below the Cherokee’s towing capacity.

What Does the Jeep Grand Cherokee Tow Package Include?

The tow package of the Jeep Grand Cherokee includes a four and 7-pin wiring harness, rear load-leveling pension, a Class IV hitch receiver, additional engine cooling, and an added full-size spare tire.

How Can You Increase the Towing Capacity of Your Jeep Grand Cherokee?

To increase the towing capacity of your Grand Cherokee, reduce sway and strain on the suspension by installing a weight-distribution hitch, accommodate heavier loads by upgrading your rotors and brake pads, and install a bigger radiator to improve your engine’s cooling capacity.