At Home in the Suburbs - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: At Home in the Suburbs

July 10, 2012


It only took a week in my new place for me to embrace suburban living .

I eat doughnuts now instead of going to the farmers market, and I almost need an SUV because I've been visiting the hardware store every day. Bought some patio chairs last week, and although our Camry could have handled them, they went right into the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 without a second thought. (I do wish the power liftgate would respond to a long press on the keyless remote button, rather than requiring a double-tap, but a quick yank on the gate itself will also activate the power mechanism.) It's a nice size, our Jeep... large enough to look serious, roomy enough to be useful and compact enough to park almost anywhere.

Some days I also have a longer commute (about 30 miles), and the Jeep's torque keeps flared tempers at bay, because I almost never miss a hole in traffic. The cabin's quiet, too. Maybe you'd like more of an exhaust note, but at least you're not hearing a whole bunch of noise from the 20-inch wheel/tire package.

Those tires do affect the ride, though. After driving the Grand Cherokee on a few more freeways, I have to agree with some others that it's overly stiff on the slabbier roads. (See? Suburbia has already softened me.) At least its excellent seats insulate you from some of the impact.


Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 4,761 miles

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