2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Kumbaya Plus

June 08, 2012


Zoinks! I just got back from taking our 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 out for a quick spin around the block, expecting nothing. And then fate delivered this "kumbaya" moment on a silver platter.

But this is more than an ordinary kumbaya; it's a chance to compare two generations of Grand Cherokee SRT8. And fate was also mindful of the need to keep the color the same when making styling comparisions. I only wish the tree had cast a big enough shadow to cover them both.


I'm digging the new one. The horizontal taillights make it look wider and lower and I generally prefer blacked-out pillars, which make it look longer and lower. The fender flares look less tacked on (particularly from the rear) and I like the rear spoiler. As for the front end, it comes across as a little less blunt.

But that's me. What do you think?

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,655 miles

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