2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: It Don't Match Revs

May 31, 2012


Last September I wrote a Full Test of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. In that test I wrote this:

"Our only real dynamic complaint is the transmission's inability to match revs on the downshifts. Even when you use its well-placed paddle shifters, you get crude old-school downshifts that throw weight forward and shock the Jeep's drivetrain.

We complained about this same shortcoming during our flogging at Willow Springs last month. Jeff Roselli, the Jeep's lead development engineer, told us it is a "Chrysler Safety Office" issue. Apparently Chrysler's policy is to refuse to open the electronic throttle unless a request for more torque has been made by the driver. In other words, the lawyers win again."

This is still a problem. And the President and CEO of SRT Ralph Gilles (@RalphGilles) needs to fix it. Come on Ralph, show those lawyers who's boss.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee in VA is:

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