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

October 4, 2011
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 Left Side View
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Long-Term 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Update - FALL 2011 (1 OF 2)
Months in service: Nine / Miles to date: 21,128
Even though we recently drove the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, our affection for our V-6-powered Four Seasons Grand Cherokee still stays strong. Although the memory of storming along the back roads of Jackson County, Michigan, in the 470-hp SRT8 was fresh in his mind, copy editor Rusty Blackwell "marveled at how responsive and strong our V-6 Grand Cherokee is."
Blackwell is not the only one who recognizes how robustly engineered the Jeep is. "If the Grand Cherokee platform is good enough for Maserati to use it as the basis for its first-ever crossover SUV, it must be a pretty good vehicle," says deputy editor Joe DeMatio. "What we have here is a components set engineered largely by Mercedes engineers in Stuttgart, Germany, then de-contented (but not dumbed down) for Jeep duty."
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 Rear View
All that praise aside, our Grand Cherokee's age and mileage are beginning to show -- there have been complaints of a rattle somewhere in the front of the cabin. Some have reported it to be coming from the dash, others from the passenger seat. Blackwell was able to quell the noise by pushing on the seat, but we'll make sure to have it checked out if the rattle continues.
We've put the Jeep's cargo area to use over the past month. Managing editor for digital platforms Jen Misaros used the Grand Cherokee for a Costco run and made full use of the way-back space. However, she wished for a set of running boards for loading stuff through the side doros and a lower lift height for loading stuff through the hatchback. In response, other editors have told Misaros to wear higher heels, as she's one of the shortest staffers in the office. But Misaros is not a high-heel-wearing lady and she stands by her comments.
Senior web editor Phil Floraday also used the Grand Cherokee for a long weekend of camping. "After a weekend of camping with the Grand Cherokee, it didn't leave me wanting much. There was more than enough room for five adults in the vehicle on a short ride, though we had to offload a bunch of my gear to a friend's pickup truck bed in order to fit all of us, our camp chairs, and a cooler in the cargo area."
Check back through the rest of the year to see where our Grand Cherokee takes us in its final three months with Automobile Magazine.
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
Fuel Grade:
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
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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