Feels Special - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Feels Special

June 11, 2012

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I really enjoy having our long-term 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 around as a daily companion. Partly it's the driver seat, which is incredibly well-shaped, comfortable and supportive -- but not so supportive that you feel confined in any way.

The other part of it is the driving experience. I expected to like the Jeep, because I really dug driving the plus-size version, the Dodge Durango, on an inappropriately twisty road a couple years back. But this SRT8 Grand Cherokee version is better still. It steers very nicely and changes direction well. Parking in tight spaces isn't bad at all, and it's pretty engaging during assertive cornering.

Of course, the 6.4-liter V8 is sweet, too. The Jeep jumps off the line if you whack the throttle, but considering how much torque you're dealing with, the throttle calibration isn't that crazy. You can ease it along when the authorities are near -- it's not nearly as abrupt as it could be.

It makes good sounds, too, at least at low speeds. It's grunty and burly and loud enough to advise others that you're up to no good when making moves in city traffic. A friend riding shotgun observed that it's too quiet (and not nearly as exciting) when you plant the throttle on the highway, and that's a fair criticism, but I'm sure the aftermarket has a remedy.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor


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