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

July 28, 2011
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 Front Right View
Long-Term 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Update - SUMMER 2011 (2 OF 3)
Months in service: Seven / Miles to date: 17,863
Our Four Seasons Grand Cherokee has now passed the half-way mark in its stay with us. Since its initial cool reception, our feelings have warmed up toward the Jeep, and the logbook has been filling with almost nothing but praise.
Almost. Art director Matt Tierney found out during a recent road trip that the rear-seat entertainment system is not functioning correctly. “The first DVD plays, but subsequent discs fail to display on the screen, and play sound only. I can’t figure out what the problem is, but it makes for some grumpy kids. Fortunately (or unfortunately) the Sirius Backseat TV function provides three kids’ channels that stopped the whining, but tortured those up front with the sounds of Nickelodeon.”
After coming back from New York and making a few journeys to northern Michigan, the Jeep is due for its regular service again, so we’ll make sure to have the DVD player checked out as well.
Speaking of trips up north, associate editor Eric Tingwall used the Grand Cherokee as a support vehicle for the Great Lakes Relay, where he and nine friends ran the 273 miles from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. “Our Grand Cherokee was a rolling haven with its generous rear-seat room for tired legs, 120-volt household outlet for charging phones and cameras, ventilated front seats to rejuvenate sweaty runners, and, occasionally, the Disney Channel to distract from throbbing calves.” Maybe that Backseat TV isn’t so bad after all.
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 Front Left Side View
Tingwall and his cohorts were thoroughly impressed with the Grand Cherokee, asserting that it could easily sell for another $15,000 with nothing more than a German badge on the hood. “It certainly isn’t going to topple an Audi Q7 or BMW X5, but it’s still impressive that the Grand Cherokee not only plays in the same league, it actually competes,” notes Tingwall.
We turned to our logbook to see how much we’ve spent on gas during the Jeep’s stay with us so far. The EPA rates the annual cost of fueling our V-6-powered, four-wheel drive Grand Cherokee at $3086 and $81.92 to fill up from empty. At just under 18,000 miles it had cost us a total of $3513.11 to fuel up; although our most expensive fill-up ran a healthy $93.04. Thanks to an observed average fuel economy of 19 mpg -- exactly in the middle of the EPA 16/22 city/highway rating -- we are right on target with the government estimates, even with our collective lead foot.
Check back next month as we continue our travels with the Grand Cherokee.
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 Steering Wheel
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
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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