On the road, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s suspension offers a good balance of comfort on the highway while also providing a fair amount of cornering stability on tight mountain curves. The new Grand Cherokee rides and handles like any other modern crossover, but also comes with Jeep’s legendary off-road ability.
Underneath that stylish exterior, the Grand Cherokee is exactly what you would expect from a Jeep: generous ground clearance, an advanced four-wheel-drive system, low-speed stability and climbing power.
We put our Grand Cherokee Limited tester through the paces, on patchy Denver freeways, city streets, and through some curves on I-70 at altitude. The vehicle accepted each challenge, and handled them with ease, comfort and control. The suspension on the Grand Cherokee is impressive and owes its smooth ride to the partnership with Daimler a few years ago.
The chief engineer for the Grand Cherokee worked with Mercedes engineers in Germany to gain ideas for the architecture and suspension geometry. Then they put the Grand Cherokee through additional testing to refine the vehicle to as close as perfect as they could get it. The results are impressive.
The 360horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 engine is more than adequate for most driving situations. It delivered strong throttle response pulling away from from a stop light and has plenty of power to pull I-70 into the mountains at altitude.
Despite the new model’s added width and wheelbase, the turning circle remains at the same 37.1 feet as the old Grand Cherokee. This is better than the same-size M-Class or most seven-seat crossovers, and within inches of the 4WD seven-seat Land Rover LR4 and many minivans. On the road in the city, or off-road on the trail, the Jeep is maneuverable.
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