2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Wheelin'
January 9, 2013
The big, fat steering wheel in our longterm 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is terrific to use...with one notable exception. See that silver plastic part on the bottom of the wheel rim? It's smooth. Far smoother than the leather elsewhere on the wheel, anyway. So when you do a hand-over-hand motion like in a U-turn, sharp hairpin or three-point turn, your (my) hand can (does) slip right off it. Maybe those of you with tacky hands don't experience this.
While I'm whinging, I'll add this - the wheel is also sort of flat in the same region, so it's easy to grab a handful of air in the process, too. Let's end this silly flat-bottomed wheel nonsense right now, please.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor