2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: An Honest IP

July 10, 2012


Under promise and over deliver. It's a safe M.O. no matter what you're doing. In the Grand Cherokee that means adapting to "most" road conditions. Rarely do you see such honesty in a promise, especially from a computer.

Truth is, I'm not sure which conditions this Jeep would have trouble adapting to out in the real world. I suppose some heavy duty rock crawling would give the computer some trouble, or maybe a little mix of mud and snow maybe, but other than that it seems to adapt quite nicely to various road conditions.

I used to put into Sport mode right off the bat, but now I've found that Auto mode feels pretty good most of the time. Having 470-horsepower helps. Then again, the owner's manual says that the Auto mode orders up the most compliant suspension to start, so maybe I just like the cush.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com @ 4,835 miles

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