On- or off-road, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 is underpowered. Engine note can be thrashy and the transmission is quick to hunt. A smarter transmission computer could do wonders.
Surprisingly well adapted to on-road use. Even at-speed maneuvers are handled well and the stability control is always on to prevent overstepping this SUV's limits.
The ride is smooth and quiet. Impact harshness is a problem area as it can disrupt the vehicle and its occupants.
For an SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is quite quiet. Wind noise from the windshield is minimal thanks to a steep rake. Tire noise is present.
If you're familiar with Dodge products, this is all very familiar. Still, it's an awkward and at times poorly labeled system. There is a steeper learning curve here than with most.
Front visibillity is hampered by a long, high hood. Short objects -- think rocks off-road -- are easily missed. Rear visibility is limited, but parking aids help.
Seat Access and Space
American SUVs nail this almost every time. Seats are big, comfortable and easy to enter-exit. Once in, there's plenty of space to stretch out, or, if you're tall, sit up straight.
Cargo and Storage
Storage space is good with fold-flat rear seats and a large space behind those. A power liftgate makes loading easier.
The noticeable hits are the materials chosen and look of the interior. There are, however, some faults with the tolerances and panel gaps both interior and exterior.
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