Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling
Rocklin & Roseville Today Local Events
HOME

Jeep Grand Cherokee offers much more refinement



When it arrived on the scene nearly two decades ago, there was plenty of interest in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Sales people were making a nice living off this rugged sport utility vehicle throughout much of the mid-to-late 1990s when sales were exceeding 300,000 per year.

However, when gas mileage became more of an issue and crossover SUVs came into vogue, sales of the less-refined Grand Cherokee dipped. Jeep was slow to make significant changes until a year ago when a major redesign made a dramatic refinement statement that Jeep hopes will send sales heading upward again.

The changes that came in 2011 shouldn't alarm loyal Grand Cherokee owners. One of its core traits remains - off-road features. The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee provides generous ground clearance (10.7 inches maximum) with its optional adjustable air suspension and another available upgrade is the sophisticated four-wheel drive system. The Grand Cherokee has climbing power and a drive-mode selector that makes it more efficient in taking on specific types of terrain.

For car buyers who care very little about off-road capability, the new Grand Cherokee should be appealing as well. It features a roomier interior, a more performance-laden engine, and the ride is much improved, with handling similar to crossover SUVs.

The Grand Cherokee base model is offered at a very reasonable $27,195 sticker price. Don't be fooled into thinking that this same bargain price also applies to the other three trim models, which rise significantly.

The standard powertrain for three of the trim models is an efficient 3.6-liter, V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The rear-wheel drive Grand Cherokee accelerates from 0-60 in approximately 9 seconds, which is slower than most rivals. Gas mileage has been improved to 16-23 mpg.

The lineup for 2012 also includes a new high-performance Grand Cherokee that may intrigue some car shoppers. But beware of the high price - the SRT8 goes for $54,670. And what are you getting for that major hike? A powerful SUV that features a 5.7-liter, V8 that elicits 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, plus a sizable list of luxury features.

The SRT8 can tow up to 7,400 pounds, but note that its gas mileage (12-18 mpg) is less than traditional Grand Cherokees. The poor gas mileage isn't surprising because the SRT8 goes 0-60 mph in a very quick 5.1 seconds.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Performance: 3.6-liter, V6, 290 horsepower
  • Mileage estimate: 16-23 mpg
  • Price: $27,195 to $39,895
  • Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles; drivetrain 5 years/100,000 miles; corrosion 5 years/100,000; roadside assistance 3 years/36,000

Previous Grand Cherokees were devoid of a sophisticated interior and hard plastic was more the rule than the exception. The new models feature softer material and a more appealing look, including wood trim on all but the base model. The Grand Cherokee also provides comfortable seating for both front and back seat folks, and lots of convenient storage areas.

There are several negatives that should be noted. The Grand Cherokee has no third row, so the maximum seating is five people. The cargo space is fairly limiting, but the split back seats do fold nearly flat to greatly increase the cargo capacity. The optional navigational system has a tiny screen and is very unintuitive.

There are plenty of reasons to give the new Jeep Grand Cherokee a look. The base model comes at a great price and the other trim models feature that rugged off-road experience that can't be found these days in many SUVs.




Weidel on Wheels author Jeffrey Weidel is an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region who has reviewed automobiles for more than two decades. He can be reached at skiweidel@gmail.com
Follow him on Twitter at @jeffweidel.




Placer County News Headlines

Rocklin Flash Crime Report (7.29.16)Rocklin, CA- Weekly crime report update summary for Rocklin, covering the period of July 18 - 24, 2016.

22 Year Old Suspected in Rocklin Bank RobberyRocklin, CA- On July 25, 2016, the El Dorado Sheriff's Office arrested David Jarrell (age 22, from El Dorado Hills, Ca) for the robbery of the US Bank

Roseville Flash Crime Report (7.29.16)Roseville, CA- Crime report digest summary update for Roseville, covering the period of July 23-26, 2016.

Pediatric Dialysis Center Opens at UC Davis Children's HospitalUC Davis Children's Hospital recently opened a new pediatric dialysis center, where patients and their families will be trained on home-based peritoneal dialysis.

Marriage Insight from a Sports ColumnistLast column, I featured Paul Daugherty, nationally acclaimed Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist, whose daughter Jillian was born with Down syndrome.

County Views Infrastructure Program as a Win-WinAUBURN, Calif. -- Community development and public works projects in Placer County will soon be cheaper and faster after the county board of supervisors voted unanimously

Real Estate: We Still Want to Own Our Home!Roseville, CA- Realtor, Julie Jalone of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville, writes about the recently released Housing Report from Harvard University.

Senior Softball Championship in Roseville and LincolnRoseville, CA - Senior Softball is heating up Placer Valley August 2-7 when the 16th Annual Western National Championships swings into Roseville and Lincoln.

Solitary Cellars 2014 Barbera WineRoseville, CA- What better way to start our new Wine Section than with a wine that is famously friendly in its ability to easily pair with a wide variety a foods.

Rachel Constantini named WJU's Interim Women's Soccer CoachROCKLIN, Calif. - William Jessup University Athletic Director Lance Von Vogt announced recently that Rachel Constantini will be taking over as Interim Head Women's Soccer Coach.

Let's Get Uncorked: Wine Review SectionRoseville, CA- Election Day is rapidly approaching and the time is ripe for serious discussion. In California, few things are as serious as wine.

Dead & Company: Perfect Dose of Party Unity Wheatland, CA- With 107 degrees in the forecast, it's going to be a hot show. Weather aside, Dead & Company continue racking up one incredible performance after another


NEWS: In Case You Missed It