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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee © Jeep

Best vehicle for towing

  • 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Starting price: $29,995

When your road trip requires towing, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee will get you there with plenty of power and in style.

Two of the three available engines offer best-in-class driving range to reduce time spent fueling up. The 240-horsepower, 3-liter, clean-diesel V-6 boasts a fuel economy that's 43 percent better than competitive gasoline-powered V-8 SUVs, and features a best-in-class towing capability of 7,400 pounds.

Depending on the model, the Cherokee can get up to 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway and reach a driving range of more than 730 miles. The gas-powered, 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 has a driving range of 600 miles, tows 6,200 pounds and can get up to 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.

For greater performance, there is a 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8, with 7,400-pound towing capacity.

All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All Cherokee models provide luxurious interior features, such as reclining rear seats, a touch screen and easily identifiable knobs and buttons for audio and climate control.

Available features include the CommandView dual-pane sunroof and a 19-speaker, 825-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.

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