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1102 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland February Update
four seasons long-term tests

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 - Four Seasons Update - February 2011

Months in service: 2 / Miles to date: 4310

SPRING
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee reviews to date

A month into the Grand Cherokee's stay with us, staffers have already been impressed with the vastly improved interior materials, not to mention the confidence the Jeep has instilled throughout the winter snowfalls. However, the logbook isn't filled only with praise for the new Jeep.

Having made peace with the fact that the navigation unit in our early-production car was not the more advanced one that is supposed to be in Overland models, we turned our critical eye to the antiquated five-speed automatic transmission. Associate editor Eric Tingwall criticized the spacing of its top three gears, which are too close together, and added: "the transmission is also hesitant to downshift, which is contrary to the calibration of pretty much every other new car that features a smaller, more efficient engine." Tingwall also griped about the pedals being too far to the left, making stop-and-go city driving a chore. Tingwall is six-foot-three, but his sentiment was echoed by copy editor Rusty Blackwell, who is of average height. As Tingwall points out, "this is an ergonomic foible that can really make an owner resent the vehicle."

Blackwell did, however, sing some praises for the Jeep after spending a snowy night with it. "This is a fabulous choice for snowy evenings. Sure, there's the electronic four-wheel drive and its variable modes. But what I'm talking about is that awesome heated steering wheel, the heated seats, and the heaven-sent remote-start system!"

As for the wrinkled leather on the dash that we reported last month? The Grand Cherokee has been so popular during our fierce Michigan winter, we've been loath to drop it at the dealer to see what might be done to rectify the situation. We'll have an update on that front next month.

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

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
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
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
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
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
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
Packages & 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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