2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: The Flying Brick

May 16, 2012

First impression of our new super Jeep? It's a 470-horsepower vault on four wheels. No, the doors don't close with a deep thud and not every piece of trim is drilled down with three screws, but when you're on the road you feel all two-and-a-half tons of this beast from Detroit.

This is not a bad thing, mind you, especially when you have the big 6.4 Hemi to lean on. Much of the weight melts away when the V8 gets going, so it's a very swift vault.

It's really the suspension and steering that make it feel so solid. This is not just a Jeep with low-profile tires, it's a serious street machine that rides stiff and turns in quick. It takes some getting used to, but after ripping a few freeway off ramps this Jeep starts to feel good. Real good.

Very much looking forward to getting better acquainted over the next 12 months.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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

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