Rear window regulators are terrible, with a loud clunk made during closing. The Willys Jeep debuted in 1946 and had its name shortened to just-plain Jeep in the early 1960s. At 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque—gains of 120 and 51, respectively—its new supercharged and intercooled 5. It works full time, so there are no switches, no buttons, and no handles to operate. The Grand Cherokee has always represented the top-of-the-line in sport utilities.
Mileage from the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel 18 mpg city, 23 highway is roughly 30 percent better than the gasoline V-6. Overland also features real wood trim on the steering wheel, instrument panel, door panels, and gear selector. That's surprising because most modern diesels are smoother. My choice woul dbe the 4. I'll say this for the '02 rolled and inverted and half the rear end torn off - I survived with only minor wrist fracture. It works fine in a Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300 all of which will be reviewed at a later date , but for the Grand Cherokee, which has a more practical end use, I'd forget about it. We're not sure we'd want it for everyday driving, however.
Conceived as an off-road-capable military scout vehicle, it sported a 5. This is an extremely sturdy and rigid concept developed back in Jeep's days with unit-body pioneer American Motors. Rear legroom in the Grand Cherokee is tight. For example, with one important exception, the inner Jeep came in for a fair amount of logbook flak from drivers. How does this extraordinary blasphemous to 911 faithful Porsche fall 16 points short of its rival from Bavaria? Hill-start assist holds the brakes on a hill to allow smooth launches. Laredo X became, for Canada, Laredo North Edition, with 17-inch wheels, power sunroof, upgraded stereo, backup camera, and rear parking assist.
Factor in price, and the Jeep edged out the Range Rover for third place by one point. And that, in turn, reduces acceleration times: 4. Its edgy and angular lines make it instantly recognizable as a Jeep. One area of concern for family shoppers is rear seating. Electronic stability control and side airbags are included. Hoping to get to 150K without too many more issues.
Headroom in the back is excellent. The steering geometry is altered for its high-performance mission. Despite its mass and high center of gravity, the big-bopper Bimmer maintains level cornering attitudes, and its eager responses to steering inputs is more reminiscent of an M3 than something weighing some 1700 pounds more. These aren't Recaro seats by any means, but they're a lot better than the standard seats. A trailer sway control system is available that applies braking pressure to individual wheels to help stabilize trailers during towing. It does a good job of filtering out roughness, but dips and other undulations make for uncomfortable cruising.
Concern mounting as I get into higher mileage. Some of it isn't great, but the real wood used in the Overland trim level is an exception and quite tasteful. . Friends are amazed at the quietness of the engine. Such an issue might be a deal breaker for customers who regularly carry adult-size passengers. At other times, it seemed slow on the uptake, but eventually we recalibrated our feet to enable smooth takeoffs from intersections. Remedy Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the final drive controller which governs the transfer case, with new software, free of charge.
And the steering is a bit darty for casual driving. Mammoths all—not a one under 4700 pounds or propelled by less than 420 horsepower. Basically, these are all familiar faces, high-output variations of less-explosive models; their distinctions are subdermal. The instrument panel on all models is a cohesive design with a nice combination of shiny plated parts, matte-finish parts, and a first-rate layout. Adjustable head rests on back seats gone. Though the X6 is no wraith at 5254 pounds, the X5 is 75 pounds heavier, at 5329 pounds, and stands 3.
The Laredo can be ordered with the 4. Would still be driving my '02 if not been totaled by a head-on when a driver crossed the center line. For example, there's a 210 hp 3. Main engine harness was pinched during assembly, so created small engine fire. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. The cargo area, on the other hand, is quite useful, though also smaller than that of rivals such as the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota 4Runner. Dealer didn't know what he was talking about said they all sound that way, which wasn't correct when I got in other jeeps.
Leather seats are available in an option package with much of the equipment from the Limited model. The diesel, however, really does get much better fuel economy. It also comes with skid plates and front tow hooks. This makes the Grand Cherokee a fine choice for families who venture off-road or vacation in the mountains or other remote areas. The cabin of the Grand Cherokee is surprisingly tight—possibly due to the floor being higher than expected—and even normal-height front-seat occupants might find their heads brushing the sunroof enclosure.
Families may want a vehicle with more seat room, and if you don't plan on going off road, you might not want to pay the Grand Cherokee's price premium. Forged 20-inch wheels come shod with Goodyear W-rated four-season tires with run-flat capability. With the 2009 changes, the Hemi is stronger than ever, giving the Grand Cherokee head-snapping low-end thrust and power that keeps on pulling. Setting these on most radios is just a matter of holding down the desired preset. Rear seat leg room nearly non-existent. Torque is that force that propels you from intersections and helps you tow trailers up long grades, and it can really feel it with the Hemi.