2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test


2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Compliance

January 28, 2013

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

With its run-flats, the SRT8 drove many on staff, including Editor Oldham who commissioned the switch to Sumitomos, to distraction. For whatever reason, I'm in the minority by never being too bothered by the JGC's prior ride. You wouldn't call it compliant, but I always felt the seats and acceleration made up for it. At $60,000-plus, I can see why you'd want a better ride, but I figure you don't buy a 470-hp Jeep for its compliance. That's why they make ML550s.

My first time back in the JGC after its Sumitomos, I couldn't discern a major difference. But it's been awhile. Maybe my memory of the run-flat ride has sufficiently faded. I think it's quieter. But the suspension seems like the main suspect in any ride quality investigation. Simply rolling over a speed bump at a single-digit speed brought it to the bumpstops. No matter. This is still primetime fun and it's still a head turner. One of my neighbors asked "is that really a Jeep?"

Sure is. A weird one, but a Jeep all the same.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 18,500 miles

Comments

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I think you're right Dan, in seeing this Jeep for what it is instead of trying to change it. This way, you'll actually be able to enjoy it. Achieving an exemplary ride and handling balance is no easy task, and the sheer weight of this machine further complicates that. For the most part, there's going to be nothing you guys can do to keep the performance numbers AND getting a smooth, well damped ride.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Nevertheless, those are extraordinary truck wheels!

  • jederino jederino Posts:

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