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.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.