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1108 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 August Update
four seasons long-term tests

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

Months in service: Eight / Miles to date: 20,214

Matt Tierney
SUMMER
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee reviews to date

Since returning at the start of the summer from its stay in New York, our Grand Cherokee has become quite the office favorite thanks to its Swiss army knife-like ability to just about anything.

At the beginning of the month, the Jeep went in for its third scheduled service. The dealer performed a regular oil and filter change and cleared a fault code for the air suspension, although we'd had no problems with it. We also asked the dealer to take a look at the playback issue with our rear-seat DVD player that we reported last month, but no problem was found. Maybe that copy of "Finding Nemo" had just been played by art director Matt Tierney's family too many times. Our grand total for the service was an extremely reasonable $32.59

With over 20,000 miles on the odometer, the Jeep is on track to reach 30,000 miles in its year with us. So far, the Grand Cherokee is holding up so well. "I'm impressed by how well the Jeep is aging," wrote deputy editor Joe DeMatio. "It still feels incredibly solid and stout, and the interior is also wearing well. Some Four Seasons test cars feel like they've had the daylights beaten out of them by nearly 20K miles, but this Jeep doesn't."

The interior looks almost as good as it did the day we picked it up and none of the high-quality materials have lost their luster. "The interior design continues to sweep me off my feet each time I open the door and slide behind the wheel," wrote associate online editor Evan McCausland. "I've been seeing photos of this cabin for what feels like years now, and climbing into it for months on end, yet it still looks as attractive and upscale as it did when I first saw it in 2009."

Our Jeep has strayed from paved roads, as associate editor Eric Tingwall drove it extensively on dirt two-tracks, and copy editor Rusty Blackwell has blasted down country gravel roads at 70 mph. Black well is struck by the fact that "Jeep has done a very good job of building products that perform the dual purposes of off-road ruggedness and on-road comfort and versatility."

Off-road or on, make sure to check back next month to see where our Grand Cherokee has taken us next.

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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