It’s been 25 years since Jeep released the first Grand Cherokee and in that time, a lot has changed. The SUV went from niche to mainstream, from rugged off-roader to wagon on steroids, but the Jeep, as is its wont, hasn’t changed quite as much. And that’s worth celebrating.

Obviously, Jeep agrees, because the new for 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Sterling Edition celebrates the Grand Cherokee’s 25th anniversary, and it’s a nice reminder of the SUV’s off-road roots, and why those roots are still relevant on the road today.

Jeep, as you might expect, is happy to remind you of this history by festooning the Sterling Edition with badges and frills to remind you just how special your new Grand Cherokee is. Taken together, the standard badging, the 9-speaker Alpine audio system, the heritage seats, the 20-inch wheels and everything else combine to make this new trim level cost about four grand more than the Limited trim. It’s a simple trim package that amps the comfort up slightly while also playing up the brand’s off-road heritage.

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