Too Stiff? - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Too Stiff?

July 23, 2012

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Since a few folks around here have complained that the Grand Cherokee SRT8's ride is too stiff, I was wondering if maybe it would prove to be a poor choice to haul me, three friends and all our gear north of Sacramento for a weekend of river rafting.

Would my friends hate the GC SRT8, and me by association? And could the cargo area hold our tents, sleeping bags, water guns, coolers and clothes needed for the two-day trip down the river, along with a few extra items we'd haul up for some friends who were flying?

Good questions, all.

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As far as the luggage room, mission accomplished there.

But what about the ride? One of my friends (let's call her Christine to protect her identity) is extremely susceptible to getting carsick, which apparently is magnified by cars with stiff suspensions.

Turns out, she was just fine. Must be my ultra-smooth driving. In fact, no one complained about the ride even once during our 1,058-mile road trip.

As for me, yes, the ride is a bit harsh at times, but not overly so--especially when you're mostly sticking to the highway. Plus, the front seat helps because it's plenty comfortable.

On the fuel mileage front for the 470-horsepower V8, we averaged 16.5 mpg, fully loaded with four people. Most of it was just cruising along at normal speeds, but of course there was the occasional full-throttle blast. It can't be helped.

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Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 6,646 miles.

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