2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Road Respect
July 31, 2012
The mean streets of Los Angeles are no place to mess about. It's not as bad as Boston, but if you're a passive driver who leaves 15 carlengths between you and the guy ahead of you, expect to get cut off every other second and cause the ire of everyone behind you.
But even if you're not a passive driver, LA can be a tricky place with Porsches and BMWs cutting in and out with wild abandon. Drive around in a normal SUV and it's even worse. The lane splitters and full-throttle mergers see you as an easy get -- unless you're in the Cherokee SRT8. I can't remember the last car I've driven that gets this much respect on the road. Nobody cuts in on it. Nobody tries to pull up in the right-turn lane to get a jump on the green. People just stay clear of the monstrous Jeep even if they don't know cars.
It almost makes up for the sub-12 MPG rating in the city we're getting.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor