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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4 – Four Seasons Update – May 2011

Months in service: 5 / Miles to date: 12,606

Long-Term 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Update: Spring 2011 Array Miles to date: 12,606

Our Four Seasons Jeep Grand Cherokee has made the 619-mile journey from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the suburbs of New York City for a stint with senior editor Joe Lorio and New York bureau chief Jamie Kitman. With the long drive behind us, the flagship Jeep’s size and comfort continue to impress us, but we’re still griping about the infotainment head unit.
During the trek to New York, deputy editor Joe DeMatio commended the highway ride quality and overall comfort of the Grand Cherokee and also noted the rear-seat legroom, which is “a big improvement over the last Grand Cherokee.” We previously praised the Jeep’s around-town comfort as well, finding the SUV’s chassis well-sorted over rough roads. Its composure over a wide variety of road surfaces has been noted by almost every staffer; we can thank our car’s Quadra-Lift II air suspension for tackling salt-eaten pavement and for smoothing out highway bumps. However, Kitman says that he would prefer the Land Rover LR4 for on-road comfort over our Jeep. Sure, Jamie; problem is, the LR4’s starting price (with destination) is almost $2700 more than our fully-loaded Grand Cherokee. That’s a win for the Jeep in our book.


Lorio, for his part, has been thankful for the Grand Cherokee’s comfortable ride over New York City’s cratered roadways. “The Jeep glided over some of New York’s roadways, thanks to the good suspension tuning and the effects of the high-sidewall tires. Its reasonable footprint, lofty driving position, and decent visibility aided by big side mirrors and optional blind-spot warning system make it better than you’d expect in America’s most crowded urban center.” We’ve been annoyed the most by its lack of hard buttons and by the need to rely on the outdated and sluggish touch screen interface for even the simplest of tasks — dedicated preset buttons and a tuning knob rank high on our wish list.
“One instantly sees where the money went in the new Grand Cherokee,” counters Kitman. “It is a step in the right direction for the brand.” He’s right: Although we gripe about Jeep skimping on the infotainment system, we’re happy that the company didn’t skimp on chassis and powertrain development. The 2011 Grand Cherokee shows that the reborn Chrysler is getting it.

  • Our Test Results
  • 0-60 mph: 9.1 sec
  • 0-100 mph: 24.7 sec
  • 1/4-mile: 16.9 sec @ 86 mph
  • 30-70 mph passing: 9.7 sec
  • Peak acceleration: 0.52 g
  • Speed in gears: 1) 54; 2) 88; 3) 113; 4) –; 5) — mph
  • Cornering L/R: 0.74/0.72 g
  • 70-0 mph braking: 184 ft
  • Peak braking: 0.98 g


 

Overview

  • Base price: (with dest.) $42,690
  • As tested: $45,805
  • Trade-in value $33,700*
  • Body style: 4-door SUV
  • Accommodation: 5-passengers
  • Construction: Steel uni-body

Powertrain

  • Engine: 24-valveDOHC V-6
  • Displacement: 3.6 liters (220 cu in)
  • Power: 290 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic
  • Drive: 4-wheel

Chassis

  • Steering: Hydraulically assisted
  • Lock-to-Lock: 3.7 turns
  • Turning Circle: 37.1 ft
  • Suspension, Front: Control arms, coil springs
  • Suspension, Rear: Multi-link/ coil springs
  • Brakes F/R: Vented disc/disc; ABS
  • Tires: Michelin Latitude Tour
  • Tire Size: 265/60TR-18

Measurements

  • Headroom F/R: 39.9 / 39.3in
  • Legroom F/R: 40.3 / 38.6 in
  • Shoulder Room F/R: 58.7 / 58.0 in
  • L x W x H: 189.8 x 84.8 x 69.3 in
  • Wheelbase: 114.8 in
  • Track F/R: 63.9 / 64.1 in
  • Weight: 5077 lb
  • Weight Dist. F/R: 51.4/48.6%
  • Cargo Capacity: 36.3 / 68.3 cu ft (rear seats folded)
  • Towing Capacity: 5000lb
  • Fuel Capacity: 24.6 gallons
  • Est. Range: 440 miles
  • Fuel Grade: 87 octane

Equipment

  • standard equipment

    • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
    • 5-speed automatic transmission
    • Quadra-Trac II 4WD system
    • Hill descent control
    • Electronic stability control
    • Selec-Terrain system
    • Quadra-Lift air suspension
    • ParkView rear backup camera
    • ParkSense rear park assist system
    • Trailer tow group
    • Keyless enter-n-go
    • Hill start assist
    • Trailer swap damping
    • Remote start system
    • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
    • Heated front and rear seats
    • Vented front seats
    • 8-way power front seats
    • 60/40 rear split/fold seats
    • Dual-zone automatic climate control
    • Uconnect hands-free phone system
    • 30 GB hard drive with 6700-song capacity
    • 9 premium speakers with 506-watt amp and subwoofer
    • Sirius satellite radio
    • Heated steering wheel with audio controls
    • Wood/leather wrapped steering wheel
    • Power tilt/telescoping steering column
    • 115-volt auxiliary power outlet
    • 20-inch wheels
    • Command view dual-pane panoramic sunroof
    • Power liftgate
    • Smartbeam headlamps
    • Bi-Xenon headlamps with auto-leveling
    • Power heated mirrors with memory
    • Daytime running lights

Options

  • Rear DVD entertainment center
  • $1,495
  • Rear overhead console
  • Rear seat video overhead system
  • Power single-pane sunroof
  • Advanced warning and adaptive cruise control
  • $1,295
  • Blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection
  • Adaptive speed control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Off-Road adventure II package
  • $295
  • 18 x 8.0-inch aluminum polished wheels
  • P265/60R18 on/off-road tires
  • Skid plate group
  • Tow hooks
  • Trail rated badge
  • Engine block heater $50

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