To that end, gone is the warm and inviting two-tone beige and brown color palette available on a standard Grand Cherokee. The ventilated front seats worked in an instant to cool my husband and me during the summer heat. Clean ergonomics are just part of the effect; the Grand Cherokee's materials don't repel your touch, like the feel of some other recent Chryslers. You won't be winning any gymkhana trophies, but a controlled four-wheel drift is certainly possible. From a standing start, the Jeep is surprisingly uneventful. I tested a Limited 4×4.
Plenty of power from the V 6 diesel for towing anything from the jet ski to camper. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has left its mall past behind. This isn't to say the Jeep is slow, but there is a deficit of low-end grunt that you won't find in the turbocharged and , and the Jeep's standard five-speed automatic transmission is anywhere from one to three cogs down compared to the competition. The quadra lift suspension is handy. On top of all this, Jeep grafts a Selec-Terrain system to the torque-splitting systems.
Does not blip throttle on downshifts. That same Cayenne is no match for the Jeep off the line, either. The torque vectoring keeps the Jeep turning even when the front end is losing grip. Give yourself a point if you guessed the. In the figure-eight, the Jeep matches the and 300's lap times, but does it in a completely different way.
These new ones upholstered in premium leather and grippy faux suede maintain the tradition, and are as equally great for long hauls as they are for hauling ass. The curious thing is that it's possible to argue that the two best values in the super ute segment are made by the world's two most famous off-road brands. The fares worse than the Porsche, as the X5 xDrive 35i runs 0-60 mph in 6. Our opinions and criticism remain our own — we do not accept sponsored editorial. These bleeding-edge tech pieces make the Cherokee's Bluetooth and navigation system options seem almost dowdy. I guess one way or another you pay for.
A significantly stiffer body structure and a new independent rear suspension provide an excellent foundation. Show full review When I first started driving 20 years ago, I had a few classmates whose parents bought them Jeep Grand Cherokees. Debuted as a 2005 model, the latest iteration offers your choice of a naturally aspirated 375-hp 5. It's still a rugged piece of equipment that can get as dirty and deeply entrenched in mud and ruts as you'd like--or as tightly wedged in the pickup lane at middle school. You can flip down the rear seats with a single lever, and on some versions the front passenger seat will fold flat, too—just in case that grandfather clock needs a new home. That's also clear once you step inside the Grand Cherokee and spy the relationship of hard points like gauges and air vents, but the Jeep's styling is completely its own. The kids in the back also have access to seatback storage pockets.
The idea of a super ute has always been a crazy one. The engine has 16 pushrod-operated overhead valves, with sodium-filled exhaust valves and hollow stem intake valves; they are actuated by 16 conventional hydraulic lifters, all with roller tips. My husband loved smirking at me as I tried to discreetly hike my dress up high enough I could step up and over the sill and into the car. Fortunately, it appears the center stack was designed to accommodate the new, larger screen and it's probably just a matter of time before the system upgrade happens. This requires you to stand underneath the door to press the button, then duck and weave to get out of its way as it closes. The old five-speed automatic is past its prime and showing its age.
Despite being eminently cool to spew your fumes out the middle of the rear bumper, the twin pipes' location was not very practical for loading up the rear cargo area or figuring out a towing solution. Comfortable, powerful, tons of features, very capable but fuel economy is pretty bad with the 5. If it were our money, we'd wait for it. Minimal nosedive and the Jeep tracks dead straight every time. In the best-case scenario they would blast your legs with hot exhaust, and in the worst burn them like a branding iron. One carry-over is an anachronistic five-speed automatic, at least blessed with thumb-sized, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Driving it, however, was when my initial enthusiasm deflated quicker than a latex helium balloon on a cold day.
All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice. Most drivers and passengers will find a great seating position, though, and the cockpit is wide enough to keep those up front from making contact with either the center console or the door panels. The and and Cayenne both feature twin-turbo V8s in the 4. The basic Quadra-Trac I is a standard locking differential in the middle, with power split 50:50 front to rear. Like most of the auto news industry, we also sometimes accept travel, lodging and event access for vehicle drive and news coverage opportunities.