2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
To the point, the car is a jeep. It does everything and anything you could possibly need. Need to get somewhere? Check. Need to go through bad weather? Check. Need to get groceries? Check. Need to tow something heavy? Check. Wanna attract the ladies? Check.
Now the downsides: You don't get to do the above that often. I don't know if it's just having the 2005 model, but frankly the car wasn't that good. Useful and practical, very; enjoyable not at all. It has a million little issues reliability wise, but with adequate maintenance, you'll never be stranded. Not to mention parts are cheap and very easy to find, but that in mind seeing warning lights and hearing beeps every 10 minutes into a ride gets annoying FAST.
It has a horrible interior. I'm not nit-picky, but good lord, I have never seen an uglier interior. The colors for the dash can normally be ignored if nothing else, on most cars, but you're constantly reminded of it in this jeep. It may seem tolerable at first, but believe me, it's one of the worst interiors ever created. No where you can touch that won't feel scratchy, rough, or just simply displeasant.
Onto the absolute worst parts: the seats. Some people like them. Those people are fat. Or have weird postures. The seats DO NOT hold you in place, unless you are fat albert levels of obese. This car has wide side bolsers, and way too much support. If you're young, like myself, and your back is subconciously tense, you'll get sore and tired fast. Older folks or folks with weaker backs should be fine, because even the lowest settings for lumbar proved too much to me, and I found the seats to push against the top of my back too. Compared to the previous generation, these seats feel like lead and iron in terms of hardness.
As for seating room, I'd rather you think of it as a coupe.
Onto performance, it was actually not awful. Had body lean in a straight line however, and I wasn't personally a fan of the way the transmission shifted and felt, but that's mostly just what I'm used to. Chances are you'd like it. It has good power delivery, and the gearing is pretty good up until it hits 4th gear. It can stay in low gears pretty well when you ask it to, but once it shifts up it takes a lot of coaxing before it even considers downshifting. That of course doesn't mean slow, the 290-305 ft-lbs of torque let you accelerate without revving and in high gear. The engine is good without a doubt, even if it has a horrible transmission pair. As I stated, this car has too much body lean for aggressive driving. You might not mind, you wouldn't expect an suv of its weight to handle at all; but it has some maneuverability which at times can be surprising. The suspension isn't as bouncy as the previous generation, and seating position is much lower and less tank like. If you want a jeep that still feels like you can go to war in it, look for the previous body style.
As per the technology, it's without a doubt simple and efficient, I have nothing bad to say.
Off-roading? Hahahahahahahaha! That's so 1963. But I guess it probably does it well, if you do an enormous amount of off roading, buy a wrangler instead. The grand cherokee is more for people who want to camp occasionally on a trail, but also have handy car around for when the time arrives.
Bottom line: if all you want is a nice commuter car, skip it. This jeep is for people who have other things to do, mountains to climb, and snowy parking lots to not do donuts in