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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Desert Road Trip

March 22, 2013

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Sometimes, you need to get out of town. Last weekend was one of those times. Our 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 shuttled a carload of us to the Calico ghost town outside of Barstow, California. There, the Jeep stood witness to the sort of stuff that happens when a bunch of guys head out to the desert for a weekend.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The Grand Cherokee SRT8 was a great choice for this trip. Gear for four fit into the back well enough that we could still hide it with the cargo cover. With the second row seats at a slight recline, rear passengers sawed logs without interruption. And thanks to the steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, my fingertips could easily tune them out with just a dose of radio volume.

Our time off-road was limited to maintained dirt roads through BLM land, so the Jeep was not put to any test. But this car isn't really built for off-pavement adventures. So aside from the occasional clearing in the road, we kept the dust clouds to a minimum. At no point during the trip did we need any more than the Jeep Grand Cherokee could offer. The Jeep proved to be a good companion for a weekend of blowing off steam.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 21,516 miles


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