2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Towing Ride Explained

April 5, 2013

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

A previous towing trip in our long-term 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 had me scratching my head over its ride quality, which worsened when towing a trailer. My most recent towing trip revealed to me the reason why.

When you twist the SRT8's console selector knob to "Tow" (which is what you should do when towing, natch), the transmission calibration is changed to one that holds gears longer. But I'd forgotten that the SRT8 also has variable dampers, and it turns out that selecting "Tow" mode also sets them to their firmest setting. This is shown above in the text that flashes up when you poke through the various menus in the cluster's information display.

Mystery solved.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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