Jeep Grand Cherokee

WR TV: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

While the 8-speed ZF sourced gearbox that made its recent debut in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was big news, we actually got a preview of how this gearbox might behave when hooked to a Mopar motor by way of this Grand Cherokee, which was the first of the Hemi-powered Chrysler vehicles to benefit from the new gearbox.

By Winding Road Staff | August 25, 2014
Update: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel 4×4

At first blush, the 2014 Grand Cherokee isn’t a tremendous departure from the model that debuted for 2012. Subtle styling tweaks are apparent, but it’s what’s in the cabin and under the hood that are cause for excitement.

By Brandon Turkus | July 05, 2013
Update: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

If you were turned off by the old Grand Cherokee SRT8, the addition of a modern transmission, paddle shifters you’ll actually want to use, and a host of infotainment upgrades are enough to give it a second look.

By Brandon Turkus | July 03, 2013
Gear Patrol Argues In Favor Of Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The folks at Gear Patrol have a new series called “Want This, Get This” where they find more reasonable alternatives to expensive, “lust-worthy” purchases. This week’s article focuses on the BMW X5M, and it’s more wallet-friendly stand-in, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

By John Beltz Snyder | March 25, 2013
Review: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

This is the Master Landing Page for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. From now on, as we further review this car, we will be updating this page with whatever fresh content we create. Future drive reviews, updated specifications, videos, and other relevant information will all be found right here, in one convenient spot.

By Brandon Turkus | January 14, 2013
Quick Drive: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Even with the SRT8 in its tamest setting, there’s no denying that this 6.4-liter V-8 is a real charmer. In low-rpm, light-throttle situations, it’s quiet while still feeling willing and able to get to speed quickly. Giving it more boot results in effortless acceleration and a deep, meaningful exhaust note that is as American as apple pie. Despite its raciness, though, the throttle response is very manageable around town. It doesn’t feel overly sharp in Auto, and were it not for the sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel and heavily bolstered seats, we may have mistaken our SRT for a more mundane Grand Cherokee.

By Brandon Turkus | October 18, 2012
First Look: 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Called the Trailhawk, it debuted as a concept at the Moab Easter jeep Safari last spring. We’re happy to announce this isn’t just some badge-and-sticker job. Its eighteen-inch wheels are wrapped in Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear tires, for extra durability. It’s built to last as well, with a solid-steel rock guard protecting the underbody (on top of the Grand Cherokee’s standard protections). Power comes from either Chrysler’s award-winning Pentastar V-6 or the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.

By Brandon Turkus | September 05, 2012
Driven: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit 4X4 V-8

On one hand the Grand Cherokee offers plenty of utility to back up its SUV credentials. It is a deceptively big vehicle (larger than it looks in photographs) that provides generous space for five full-size adults, plus a capacious cargo area. Some manufacturers would probably try to make an SUV this size into a somewhat compressed-feeling 7-seater, but Jeep has taken the wiser path of sticking with five seats, while giving each passenger (and said passenger’s luggage and gear) a just-right amount of room. This would be a fine vehicle for longer road trips—especially for those who like to take occasional off-road excursions along the way.

By Chris Martens | July 19, 2012
Rumors: Spy Shots–2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Spied

The spy photographers over at Autoblog just recently caught this, a camoflauged 2014 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee, out and about on the road.

By Doran Dal Pra | July 12, 2012
First Look: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport

Ford unveiled its 2013 Explorer Sport ahead of this week’s New York Auto Show. Rather than a two-door Explorer (which is what all Explorer Sports have been until now), this new trim gets the 3.5-liter, EcoBoost, biturbocharged V-6.

By Brandon Turkus | April 03, 2012
Comparison: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 vs. 2011 Porsche Cayenne S

It is rare that we find a road test summarized by a switch. But when we climbed into the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, we looked down and sure enough, there it was: The Knob.

By Tom Martin | March 12, 2012
Question: What’s The Perfect Two-Vehicle Combination?

We’ll put the question to you then, to ponder and then answer in the comments section below: what two vehicles would make an ideal work/play combo for you?
We’ve assumed a generally rational budget to frame this question—close your eyes and assume that you’re not Jay Leno—but you can feel free to let fantasy rule if you must.

By Winding Road Staff | December 21, 2011
Driven: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The Angeles Crest Highway was a beautiful way to get from Los Angeles to Willow Springs raceway, and a great venue to display the handling prowess of the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. The scenic mountain curves tested the grip of the P295 Pirellis, and no matter how hard we pushed it, the rubber never broke loose at any corner. Tossing the wheel back and forth, the Jeep responded quickly, with easy transitions and amazingly little body roll. Having those comfortable bolstered seats to hold our torso in place didn’t hurt either. In the tighter corners (and, later, navigating the paddock area of the big track at Willow), the Grand Cherokee felt a lot smaller than expected, thanks to a decent 37.1-foot turning circle. On top of all this, the steering wheel (shared across the 2012 SRT lineup) is thick and nicely shaped for aggressive driving, and wrapped in nice leather—the cherry on top of a good steering experience.

By John Beltz Snyder | July 19, 2011
Third Look: Turning The Corner With The Volvo S60

Frankly, we like the 2011 Volvo S60. It’s easily powerful, with its 300 horsepower and 325 pound feet of torque supplying ample amount of remarkably smooth thrust. We like the design, and the car’s interior is a particularly comfortable and aesthetically pleasing space for the driver and passengers. We appreciate all Volvo’s technology that keeps us, our loved ones, and nearby strangers safe. From a driver’s standpoint, this is a rewarding car. But from that same standpoint, one part of the driving dynamics of the S60 stands out as an area that could stand some improvement: turning. And with our most recent loan of the stylish Swede, we took the time to sort out the ways in which the act of steering falls short of perfect.

By John Beltz Snyder | May 03, 2011
Quick Drive: 2011 Lexus LX570

“Smooth.” That’s the one word that kept creeping into my mind during my time with the LX. Something as simple as pulling away from a stoplight, regardless of throttle input, is a relaxed, comfortable experience. By relaxed, I certainly don’t mean slow, as the 5.7-liter V-8 provides more than enough power to get you going.

By Winding Road Staff | April 25, 2011
First Look: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 we’ve been patiently waiting for has arrived in New York. The 2012 model, which will go on sale the third quarter of this year, promises to be the fastest Jeep yet.

By John Beltz Snyder | April 20, 2011
2011 IIHS Top Safety Picks Include 66 Vehicles

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced its list of Top Safety Picks for the 2011 model year, which includes a record number of 66 vehicles this year despite increased safety standards.

By John Beltz Snyder | December 22, 2010
Finalists For North American Car And Truck Of The Year

The organizers of the North American Car And Truck Of The Year Awards have announced the three finalists for each category. The winners will be announced in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

By John Beltz Snyder | December 21, 2010
Driven: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

If there is one vehicle that is key to Chrysler’s survival, there is a good chance that it is the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee has always been a popular choice, especially in the Snow Belt, due to its off-road ability, large but easy-to-handle size, and general coolness. For 2011, the resilient GC gets some new sheet metal, and importantly, an all-new 3.6-liter V-6 motor. Jeep offered us a week behind the wheel, and during that time, we pushed it to the max both on- and off-road.

By Brandon Turkus | October 25, 2010
Video: Patriotic, New Dodge Challenger and Jeep Grand Cherokee Ads

The Chrysler group has released a couple of commercials, one for the Dodge Challenger, and one for the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both tugs at the patriot’s heartstrings, though the anachronistic Dodge ad, we think, is particularly clever. It gave us a chuckle, too, when we caught the deadly serious look on George Washington’s face. And, we always love to see a Jeep get tossed around in the mud.

By John Beltz Snyder | June 11, 2010
Jeep Offers Up Photos, Video Ahead Of Production Launch

Today, Jeep released photos and video of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee ahead of its production launch this Friday.

By John Beltz Snyder | May 19, 2010


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