2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Towing Capacity

Some models of the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee max out their towing capacity at 3,500 pounds, but well-equipped models can pull upwards of 7,400 pounds.
Written by Drew Waterstreet
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a maximum towing capacity between 3,500 and 7,400 pounds, depending on your model's configuration.
Between the trim levels, engine types, drivetrains, and the optional towing package, there are practically endless ways to customize your 2016 Cherokee to your exact hauling needs. Follow along as we break down towing capacity for each configuration and elaborate on Jeep’s innovative towing technology.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee towing capacity

The maximum towing capacity for your 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be between 3,500 and 7,400 pounds, depending on your model’s configuration. Whether you need something that can handle heavy lifting or not, Jeep gives you plenty of Grand Cherokee configurations to choose from:
Trim levels:
, 75th Anniversary,
, Limited 75th Anniversary,
, High Altitude,
, or SRT Night
Engines: 3.6L V6, 3.0L turbo diesel V6, 5.7L V8, or 6.4L V8
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive
Towing Package: Optional
If you’ve got a trim level without the Towing Package, you’re most likely looking at a 3,500-pound towing capacity. Add the Towing Package and you’ve got a towing capacity of 6,200 or 7,200 pounds. If you like to go big, shoot for the 3.6L Grand Cherokee Sterling Edition and Limited which exclusively come with the highest towing capacity of 7,400 pounds.
Numbers are great and all, but what can you tow? With 3,500 pounds of towing capacity, you’ll be able to haul smaller items like a bike rack, jet-ski, or compact utility trailer. But as you climb towards the upper towing capacities of the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you’ll be able to pull things like fifth-wheel campers, larger trailers, and more.
We recommend you check your owner’s manual to confirm your model’s exact towing capacity. Attempting to tow too much weight can cause significant structural damage to your 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. So it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
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Jeep Grand Cherokee towing technology

Now that we know how much towing capacity the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee has, let’s take a look at the technology features that help make your hauling experience go smoothly and safely:
  • Trailer Sway Control: Stabilizes your vehicle and trailer by simultaneously adjusting the engine throttle while applying brake pressure to alternating wheels.
  • Hill Start Assist: Prevents your vehicle from rolling backward while on inclines, even if you remove your foot from the brake.
  • Hill Descent Control: Braking assist system that automatically kicks in when a decline is detected.
  • High-performance Brembo Brake Systems: Innovative braking system that enables better control of your vehicle and trailer.
  • Towing package: Features include a class IV receiver hitch, wiring harness, rear load-leveling suspension, heavy-duty engine cooling technology, a full-size spare tire, and a boost to your overall towing capacity.

Does the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee come with a trailer hitch?

Believe it or not, a trailer hitch does not come standard on the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It will need to be outfitted with the Towing Package, or customized with an aftermarket towing setup.
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