Long-Term Car Introduction: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4

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By: Natalie Neff on 6/14/2011

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There strength not be the thriving sport-utility segment nowadays if not for the debut of the Jeep Grand Cherokee rear in 1992, and present strength not be a Chrysler leaving forward if not for the Grand Cherokee in 2011. Such are the twin house of the iconic nameplate as it launches its site generation.

As is our wont, we determined so as to a vehicle by means of so a great deal on foot on its shoulders wanted to use a day in our garage.

Grant you, we had a number of knowledge by means of the 2011 Grand Cherokee. Early in the year, we singled it out for our inaugural Best of the Best award for trucks, for construct it staved off rivalry as of a slew of worthy competitors, as of the perennially best-selling Ford F-series to the enthusiast-inspiring Porsche Cayenne.

While its off-road are of note and its Mercedes-Benz M-class roots actually excel on the road, it's the Jeep's off-topic stuff so as to catches our notice most. The excellence of the resources used, the height of sophistication achieved, the overall emotion of luxury--in as,at the same occasion as areas, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee recreation the most improvements. We can't recall one more Chrysler manufactured goods as healthy put jointly or as rich-feeling, and all with no sacrificing the vehicle's rugged credentials.

The new sheetmetal is attractive, too, at on one occasion together recognizable and fresh. There's a bit additional sculpting crossways the flanks, and the corners are softened a bit, but so as to seven-slat grille is a Jeep giveaway, and the silhouette is as Grand Cherokee as ever.

Power is all new, courtesy of the business Pentastar V6 turning out 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque as of 3.6 liters of displacement. Most folks approximately the put of work begged for the Hemi-powered account (visions of the brutish Grand Cherokee SRT8 so as to graced our long-term fleet in 2006 motionless dance in our heads). But we resisted the siren song of the 5.7-liter's 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque and opted for the new V6, by means of construct the size of Grand Cherokees sold in the United States determination be equipped.

We too ordered ours by means of a load of options, preliminary by means of a 21st-century family-hauler necessity: a rear-seat entertainment system. Including a single-pane authority sunroof (instead of the double-wide panoramic version) and a DVD player, the entertainment wrap up cost $1,495. We additional to so as to a Luxury Group wrap up so as to bundles a heated steering wheel by means of audio controls, authority liftgate and vented leather-trimmed seats for an extra $1,495. The Jeep's manifold skid plates, counting persons beneath the front suspension, petroleum tank and transfer case, as healthy as front tow hooks, full-size spare tire and better 265/60R-18 on- and off-road tires create up the size of the Off-Road Adventure package, construct tacked on one more $550 to the tab. The Trailer Tow package, by means of its seven- and four-pin wiring harness, Class IV receiver hitch and back load-leveling suspension, cost an extra $445.

All told, our long-term 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 cost $44,205. That's now $185 fewer supposed the cost of our long-term Grand Cherokee SRT8, and it's important at what time you think so as to our replica isn't still top-of-the-line. An Overland replica is obtainable petroleum year, as is so as to Hemi V8. We're guessing so as to if each alternative box is checked, you might eclipse the $50,000 mark--crazy at what time you think so as to it's a Jeep.

Nevertheless, we'll create certain so as to our 2011 Grand Cherokee earns its stay petroleum day and keeps us coddled in the process.

SPECS & DATA

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4

PRICING & OPTIONS

Base cost (includes $780 delivery): $39,995

As-tested price: $44,205

Options: Limited by means of 3.6L V6 engine package; back DVD entertainment center, counting back in the clouds console, rear-seat video in the clouds scheme and authority single-pane sunroof ($1,495); Luxury Group II, counting heated steering wheel by means of audio controls, leather-trimmed seats by means of perforated inserts, authority liftgate, authority tilt/telescope steering column and vented front seats ($1,495); Off-Road Adventure package, counting front-suspension skid plate, fuel-tank skid-plate shield, P265/60R-18 OWL on-/off-road tires, skid-plate group, steel spare wheel, tow hooks, "Trail Rated" badge, transfer skid-plate shield, underbody skid plate, full-size spare tire, flex-fuel vehicle ($550); Trailer Tow package, counting seven- and four-pin wiring harness, Class IV receiver hitch, delete back tow hook and back load-leveling suspension ($445); Inferno red crystal pearl-coat exterior paint ($225)

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase (in): 114.8

Track (in): 63.9 front, 64.1 rear

Length/width/height (in): 189.8/84.8/69.3

Curb weight/GVWR (lb): 4,850/6,500

Towing (lb): 5,000

ENGINE

Front-longitudinal 3.6-liter/220-cid DOHC V6

Power: 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm

Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

Compression ratio: 10.2:1

Fuel requirement: 87 octane

Hopefully the information presented so far has been applicable. You might also want to consider the following:

DRIVETRAIN

Four-wheel drive

Transmission: Five-speed automatic

Final drive ratio: 3.06:1

SUSPENSION

Front: Short- and long- arm by means of coil springs, gas-charged twin-tube upset absorbers, antiroll bar

Rear: Multilink by means of coil springs, load-leveling twin-tube upset absorbers, antiroll bar

BRAKES/ WHEELS/TIRES

Vented discs front, solid discs rear, ABS; aluminum 265/60R-18 Michelin Latitude Tour

FUEL ECONOMY

EPA combined: 18 mpg

TRACK TEST DATA

STANDING-START ACCELERATION

0-60 mph: 8.0 sec

0-quarter-mile: 16.2 sec @ 88.0 mph

BRAKING

60-0 mph: 131.2 ft

HANDLING

490-ft slalom: 41.3 mph

Lateral armed up (200-ft skidpad): 0.74 g

INTERIOR NOISE (DBA)

Idle: 41.2

Full throttle: 78.8

Steady 60 mph: 66.4



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