2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
Great highway ride and handling -- strong, quiet, smooth, precise.
But there are some annoying flaws that should be fixed -- and hopefully these fixes will be offered to 2011 owners.
First, someone forgot the "sport utility" part of SUV in designing the really lame roof rails.
Even Yakima won't try a fit for them.
I need to load two canoes, and will apparently have to spend hundreds on a new Thule system and then Dremel some plastic to get a decent crossbar spread.
Second, the dial speedometer is almost totally useless in the daytime. Fortunately you can set up a digital speed readout in the center. Also, gap when rear seats down & no bumpers.
quiet ride, solid suspension, precise handling, fold-down front seat, inside spare tire, more power from new V6
Redesigned (longer, stronger) roof rails that will support Yakima and other accessories easily and allow for two canoes with a good spread between crossbars (36" or over).
The torx screw mounts are already there under the rails; why they are no being used for a longer, stronger rail is a mystery.
(Offer these new "sport rails" to current owners.)
Redesign the center instrument cluster so the speedometer is easy to see in the daytime. (Also offer this as a retrofit to current owners.)
Design a flap to fill the gap when the rear seats are down.
Put in a step (or handle in the roof rails) to facilitate getting to the roof.
Put the antenna on the back side post.