Ride's Not Worth It - 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: Ride's Not Worth It

September 7, 2012

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The Grand Cherokee SRT8 is purposely nutty. A heavy SUV normally intended for off-roading transformed into a warbling track monster that can hit 60 in 4.9 and go through the slalom at a ridiculous 67.1. I get it, it's ironic. This is casting Leslie Nielson and Lloyd Bridges against type in Airplane!, or having David Bowie sing with Bing Crosby. Such decisions are usually quite memorable, and so is the JGC SRT8.

However, I think SRT took the joke too far because the ride is terrible. Yes, it can go through the slalom at basically the same speed as a Charger SRT8, but in the end, I'd rather it not bob and slam over expansion joints. Keep the power by all means, hell give it more. Keep the steering, the brakes, the looks. Yet, there has to be a suspension sweet spot somewhere in between the stock Grand Cherokee and the SRT8. As it is, the adjustable and adaptive suspension just doesn't achieve it, even in its comfiest Auto setting.

I can see lots of people wanting a crazy pants fast Jeep Grand Cherokee. I could see few people wanting to live with the ride.

James Riswick, '80s Male Model @ 8,820 miles


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