2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Towing Reprised

September 21, 2012


A few months ago I used our longterm 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 to tow my crappy LeMons car to Buttonwillow.

Last weekend I took it on a far longer towing trip -- Los Angeles to Willows, CA (go to Sacramento, then keep going) and back, a 1000-mile round trip.

Previously I'd wondered how the Jeep would fare towing in hot weather. This time I ascended the Grapevine when the thermometer was in the high 80s to low 90s. Not crazy hot, but warmer than last time.

Oil and transmission temps stayed happy. Coolant temp reached 222 degrees F, which sounds high but turns out to be no higher than what this truck runs in routine freeway traffic conditions. So it seems the GC has ample thermal capacity for this load.

The seat is supportive but, man, the butt cushion is unyieldingly firm. Too firm for long hauls. I had dead but within three hours. I was tempted to pull over and grab the memory foam pad from the race car's seat. Maybe at the next stop. Maybe I'd forget. Yep.

More from the trip later.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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