...Properly equipped, the JGC can tow 7,400 pounds. Rear-wheel drive is standard; three different four-wheel-drive systems are optional. The Laredo comes standard with Quadra-Trac I, which essentially functions as all-wheel drive. Optional on the Laredo and standard on the other trims is Quadra-Trac II, which adds a two-speed transfer case, hill descent control and the Selec-Terrain system. This latter item allows drivers to specify which of five pre-programmed settings best suits the present road or trail condition. Optional on the Laredo and Limited is Quadra-Drive II, which adds electronic...
...Choosing Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II also adds Jeep's Selec-Terrain system, which is similar to Land Rover's Terrain Response technology and a dial-operated system in the upcoming 2011 Ford Explorer. With Selec-Terrain, you simply choose the appropriate setting for your conditions — Sand/Mud, Snow, Rock, Auto or Sport — and the Grand Cherokee configures its systems to provide the appropriate response to your conditions. Selec-Terrain also coordinates the Quadra-Lift air suspension on models that have it. Quadra-Lift provides up to 10.7 inches of ground clearance in its highest mode...
...The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee generally gets stellar marks for its overall design, powerplant, suspension, safety features, and interior.
...Under the Hood New for 2011 is a 3.6-liter V-6 developed by Jeep parent Chrysler; it makes 290 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque, both notable increases over last year's 3.7-liter V-6. Last year's 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 remains optional; it makes 360 hp. With the V-8, maximum towing capacity is 7,400 pounds. The V-6 maxes out at 5,000 pounds. The Grand Cherokee offers three four-wheel-drive systems: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II. Quadra-Trac I automatically transfers power between the axles without any driver involvement; Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II have...
...In the realm of other family-friendly entertainment features, the 2011 Grand Cherokee also comes with Jeep's user-friendly Uconnect system that allows you to navigate, call your friends and play your favorite tunes from the comfort of the driver's seat. There are cupholders for everyone — in the center of both the front and rear seats as well as on the doors — and a generous center storage cubby up front. There's plenty of room for your gear as rear cargo volume clocks in at more than 35 cubic feet with the second row up and almost 69 cubic feet with the second row down. There's...
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...The electronic throttle is less responsive than I would like, and the steering has an isolated feel, although it does respond well to steering inputs. Ride and handling are controlled and smooth. Plus, the new Grand Cherokee is definitely bigger than the original. The extra width creates a spacious feel and a nice size cabin for a 5-passenger SUV. –Mike MeredithJeep has completely redesigned the Grand Cherokee for 2011, and at first blush, it seems to have done an impressive job. It's still recognizable as a Jeep, but the lines have been smoothed, giving it a more refined look. The interior...
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