Tuesday, February 22, 2011
A bit bigger: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited—A luxury SUV from an off-road legend
For 2011, the Grand Cherokee is all new and is ready to go head to head against the best luxury SUVs in the world.
On the outside, the Grand Cherokee is quite handsome with a chiseled, masculine, and sophisticated appearance. Looking great in a metallic red finish, my Limited model definitely has a premium look, but no one will mistake it for anything other than a Jeep. Of note are the great looking chrome 20” wheels and tires. Hold on: 20” wheels on a Jeep? Don’t worry—this is still a very capable off-road vehicle.
Although the standard engine is a powerful 3.6-liter V-6, my model had the gusty 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 creating 360 horsepower and 390 ft./lbs. of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. All of this translates into brisk performance and the ability to tow up to 7,200 lbs. Of course along with a big V-8 comes big V-8 fuel economy. Rated at 13 city, 19 highway with the HEMI, the Grand Cherokee is a thirsty mode of transportation. The V-6 does deliver better numbers, but you’ll lose power and towing capability as well as that great V-8 sound.