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Jeep Grand Cherokee

A true flagship.

The flagship Jeep retains uncompromising off-road capability, thanks largely to a trio of available four-wheel-drive systems and an optional air suspension that offers five height settings. Selec-Terrain electronically calibrates the vehicle to handle different conditions via a five-position dial. The Grand Cherokee will spend most of its time on dry, paved roads, though, where it behaves like a typical luxury SUV. The base engine is Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which offers a respectable 290 hp. The optional 5.7-liter V-8 makes 360 hp and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower fans will likely opt for the SRT8 model and its 470-hp, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Surprisingly — at least to those familiar with past Grand Cherokees — interior quality and execution are the biggest strengths of the new version, with standard features such as keyless ignition and satellite radio and optional features that include a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, and a navigation system. Jeep has covered all the mid-size-SUV bases with the efficient V-6; the optional 5.7-liter V-8 that can tow up to 7400 pounds; and the track-tuned SRT8 model that can blast from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, run a thirteen-second quarter mile, and reach 160 mph.

COMPETITORS

Ford Explorer

Honda Pilot

Nissan Pathfinder

Toyota 4Runner

new for 2013

Overland Summit models now include front park assist, power-folding mirrors, and headlight washers as standard equipment. Shoppers looking to maximize off-road capability will be interested in the limited-edition Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which includes rock rails, skid plates, and other off-road-specific equipment, as well as minor visual distinctions from the rest of the range.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front and side air bags, traction and stability control, roll mitigation, ABS, brake assist, and hill-start assist are standard. An optional tow package adds electronic trailer-sway control. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and rear cross-path detection are optional.

MPG

CITY 13–17

HWY 20–23

PRO

SRT8 burns rubber

Trailhawk needs no pavement

Very comfortable

CON

Sluggish transmission

Still not great on gas

Base Price Range: $28,420–$60,990

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: Laredo 4x2, Laredo 4x4, Laredo X 4x2, Laredo X 4x4, Altitude 4x2, Altitude 4x4, Limited 4x2, Limited 4x4, Overland 4x2, Overland 4x4, Trailhawk, Overland Summit 4x2, Overland Summit 4x4, SRT8

BODY STYLE: SUV, 5-passenger

ENGINES: 3.6L V-6, 290 hp, 265 lb-ft

5.7L V-8, 360 hp, 390 lb-ft

6.4L V-8, 470 hp, 465 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 5- or 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 105.4 cu ft

CAPACITIES: Towing 5000–7400 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 35.1/68.7 cu ft

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