2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Bad Ambulance

June 21, 2012


If there's one thing our JGCSRT8 is good at, it's going really freaking fast. But there are plenty of other things it does poorly. I found out last night that it makes for a very poor ambulance.

At the end of another night of indoor rock climbing, my girlfriend slipped and twisted her ankle. It was bad enough that I thought it might have been broken. There was no way she was going to be able to drive her car home (manual transmission Genesis Coupe), so I enlisted the help of Kurt Niebuhr to get her car back to Edmunds HQ while I drove the gimped redhead home in the Jeep.

With every dip, rut, pothole and intersection, the stiff SRT8 suspension transmitted the jolts right into the cabin, and, right into her ankle. It's really not all that stiff when you're just driving around, but when you have to drive like there's a bomb on a mercury switch in the back seat, it feels like a skateboard.

In this rare instance, the Explorer, Audi A8, Jag XF and Infiniti JX would have been better, but it was too late to switch cars. I suppose it could have been much worse if I had the Miata or NSX, though.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 3,727 miles

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