12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 - Four Seasons Update - May 2011

May 27, 2011
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 Left Side View Parked
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Long-Term 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Update - SPRING 2011 (4 OF 4)
Months in service: 5 / 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.
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 Left Side View
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 We've been annoyed the most by its lack of hard buttons and by the need to rely on the outdated and sluggish touch screen interface for even the simplest of tasks -- dedicated preset buttons and a tuning knob rank high on our wish list.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
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 Front Left View
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
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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